Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Vocalize [Pacific Opera Project: The Turn of the Screw] + MORE Jan 13th

 

Today’s News & Buzz

 

Latest News & Posts
maestro

Production Photos from the Zurich Opera's Wozzeck with Christian Gerhaher + MORE

Spoiled by a masterful, cinematic production by Andreas Kriegenburg for the Munich State Opera, I was trying not to expect all that much – and certainly not something to supplant my experiences with Kriegenburg’s Wozzeck. And yet, the deceivingly simple production of the director (and Intendant .... More »
strings

Opera Review: Will Crutchfield Conducts ‘Rigoletto’ at Caramoor + MORE

Caramoor’s “Rigoletto” features some unusual tempos and Stephen Powell in the title role..... More »
classical music

Geneva’s Intimate and Effective La bohème + MORE

Puccini, La bohème: Soloists and Chorus of Grand Théâtre Geneva, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor), Opéra des Nations, Geneva, 29.12.2016. (AL) Cast: Mimì – Nino Machaidze Rodolfo – Dmytro Popov Marcello – Andrè Schuen Musetta – Julia Novikova Schaunard.... More »
sonata

Bin ich nun frei? + MORE

La Cieca is pleased as can be to announce that our friends at Opera Depot (not pictured) are offering a whopping 60% off on all German opera recordings all week long. Their free download is nothing to sneeze at either: a complete Ring cycle from Bayreuth in 1973 is yours just for visiting the site..... More »
singer

Perchance to Stream: End of Summer Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Listen to a performa.... More »

St Petersburg 1914

– davidnice.blogspot.com

St Petersburg 1914So now I can stick on my CV that I’ve written a monologue for a famous actor. I’ve had scripts for two Glyndebourne ‘Opera Bites’ – a sadly defunct CD series of introductions – read by Fiona Shaw (Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers) and Timothy West (Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery), but this one ‘for’ Jonathan Pryce is slightly different…

Continue Reading On davidnice.blogspot.com »

Muti shocked, Zakharova cancels: strikes and budget disaster at Rome OperaCarlo FuortesCarlo Fuortes, the new director of Rome Opera, has a difficult path ahead of him. During the first few months of his leadership he must guide the company out of its present disastrous economic situation. In a press conference this week, he announced that the situation was even worse than previously announced: in 2013 Rome Opera lost 10 million euros (more than $13m)…

Continue Reading On www.gramilano.com »

The Power of its Art

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

The Power of its ArtIn today’s Independent on Sunday, you can read my article about Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, featuring an interview with Semyon Bychkov. He’s conducting the work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra this Thursday at the Barbican. I wanted to ask Bychkov, who was born in Leningrad and whose mother endured the siege during the war, why he was repeatedly drawn to this piece…

Continue Reading On entartetemusik.blogspot.com »

A conductor obsessed by obscurity

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A conductor obsessed by obscurityBryan Fairfax, whose death has just been announced, gave the UK premieres of the third symphonies of Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovich at a time when the works were considered box-office poison. Bryan performed the Mahler with a pro-am orchestra, the Polyphonia, in St Pancras Town Hall in February 1961 (the professional premiere was given […]

Continue Reading On www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc »

In Brief: End of Christmas Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Listen to one of the masterworks of music history, Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame, performed by the Ensemble

Continue Reading On ionarts.blogspot.com »

Manon

– briandickie.typepad.com

I think that the first time I saw Manon was relatively late in my opera going career – in November of 1963, just over 50 years ago.  And I remember it well, better than some performances I have heard of the piece more recently.  Renata Scotto was the Manon, and the other leading roles were taken by three of the Canadians who were members of the Covent Garden company at the time, André Turp (Des Grieux), Robert Savoie (Lescaut) and Joseph Rouleau (Count des Grieux)…

Continue Reading On briandickie.typepad.com »

An Evening of Piston Rarities for Piano

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Piston, Copland: Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky (pianos), Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz (guest speakers), SubCulture, New York City, 9.1.2014 (BH) Piston: Improvisation (1945); Passacaglia (1943); Sonata for Piano (1926, New York premiere); Concerto for Two Pianos Soli (1967, New York premiere) Copland: El Salón Mexico (1936), transcribed for two pianos by Leonard Bernstein (1943) […]

Continue Reading On www.seenandheard-international.com »

Paul Lewis – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Paul Lewis – reviewSt George’s, BristolBach was prelude to Beethoven as pianist Paul Lewis conjured powerful new visions for the mind’s eyeIn 18th-century Germany, JS Bach’s chorale preludes served to pave the way for his larger works, usually cantatas, in Lutheran services. Pianist Paul Lewis, in his new recital programme, adapted the principle, using two of Feruccio Busoni’s arrangements of Bach to act, respectively, as prefaces to Beethoven’s two Op 27 sonatas…

Continue Reading On www.guardian.co.uk »

The fast-rising Italian lyric soprano showed off her natural timbre and flawless technique in a pleasingly unpredictable programme of love songs

Continue Reading On www.ft.com »

I spent a really nice day at the Royal Opera House for the dress rehearsal of Manon.  More about that tomorrow.  Meanwhile good night from here – where we had a lovely evening with the sunset colouring up the Thames riverscape at 4 pm as I waited for a bus……….

Continue Reading On briandickie.typepad.com »

American composer and conductor H Owen Reed died in January 2014, aged one-hundred-and-three

Continue Reading On www.mvdaily.com »

Ravel Double Bill at RCM

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Ravel Double Bill at RCM7/12/13Ravel’s operas are an odd choice in some ways for a student showcase production because they rely so little on vocal display and contain few roles that could be considered foundational for operatic careers. On the other hand the situation comedy L’heure espagnol provides an immense textual and dramatic challenge in the realm of rapid fire Gallic farce, and the fairy tale parable L’enfant et les Sortileges an object lesson in precise physical and vocal characterisation in each of the tiny roles that comprise the opera’s mosaic structure…

Continue Reading On capricciomusic.blogspot.com »

Disclosure: Jennifer Wallace (Mrs. Grose) is the blogger’s sister. 

Continue Reading On www.afoolintheforest.com »

Comments are closed.