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Staging adds drama to masterpiece + MORE

LA TRAVIATA, containing some of Verdi’s loveliest music, can work fine as a singfest — it can, and too often has to, stand on that alone..... More »

Ghosts at Versailles and in the Supreme Court + MORE

Corigliano, The Ghosts of Versailles, T. Stratas, H. Hagegård, R. Fleming, M. Horne, Metropolitan Opera (1992) Charles T. Downey, Ghosts, Ginsburg Given Justice As Summer Delights Classical Voice North America, July 22 WASHINGTON, D.C. – For opera to thrive, companies must be willing to commissio.... More »

Glyndebourne chief to head BBC Proms + MORE

Incoming director of classical music festival faces big challenges.... More »

Sergio A. Mims: Here is Episode one of Chi-chi Nwanoku's BBC Radio 4 series 'In Search of the Black Mozart' (30 minutes) + MORE

 Sergio A. Mims writes:Here is Episode one of Chi-chi Nwanoku's BBC Radio 4 series In Search of the Black Mozart: BBC Radio 4In Search of the Black Mozart  (30 mins.)Episode 1 Chi-chi Nwanoku has spent her career travelling and performing in concert halls the world over as the .... More »

Filarmonica della Scala/Chailly, La Scala, Milan — review + MORE

Under Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra played an all-Schumann programme with characteristic sheen.... More »


– briandickie.typepad.com

I am not a great fan of these conferences in anticipation – but once I get there it can be fun if you are a social animal.  And I guess I am.  So I had the pleasure of some really good encounters with old friends and colleagues.
We started off Opera and Media Day at 10 am with the usual welcome introductions, charmingly delivered by the Finnish IAMA Chairman Aino Turtiainen-Visala who is the boss of Fazer Artists' Management in Helsinki, by Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa, and by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the ROH…

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Hast du Übermut?

– parterre.com

Hast du Übermut?From the legendary Mike Richter collection, here’s another segment of “El Anillo,” act two of Siegfried from the Teatro Colón.
Wagner: Siegfried, Act Two
Teatro Colón, October 12, 1962
Siegfried: Hans Hopf
Der Wanderer: Hans Hotter
Mime: Herold Kraus
Fafner: Jorge Algorta
Alberich: Alois Pernerstorfer
Waldvogel: Nilda Hoffmann
Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
Download audio file (colon_siegfried_act_2…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Jeffrey Mumford, Mozart, Brahms and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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George Crumb is one of the most important and distinctive composers of the past 100 years. Born October 24, 1929 — the day of the infamous "Black Thursday" stock market crash — the composer burst onto the scene in the late 60s and early 70s, producing many important works and winning a Pulitzer Prize.

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Soundtracks to on-screen adventures

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Classical MPR’s Emily Reese, host of Top Score, is on Performance Today on Thursday to talk about classical music and video games. She shares some of her insights in the blog.

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Rigoletto – Juventus Lyrica On And Up

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Juventus Lyrica, Antonio Maria Russo (conductor), Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires. 4.4.2014. (JSJ)     Cast: Rigoletto: Ernesto Bauer / Juan Font / Cristian Maldonado Gilda: Natalia Quiroga Romero / Ivana Ledesma / Jaquelina Livieri Duke of Mantua: Sebastián Russo / Maximiliano Agatiello Monterone: Nicolás Secco / Pol González […]

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Deborah review  'Easily stands comparison with Handel's greatest work'St George’s, Hanover Square, LondonThis unfairly neglected oratorio was conducted with ferocious energy and commitment, while the playing and choral singing were both exemplaryFirst performed in 1733, Deborah is among the earliest of Handel’s English oratorios. Popular in his day, it has been neglected since, and scholars had questioned its originality on the grounds that Handel, an inveterate self-borrower, recycled too much previous material in composing the score…

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Florence B. Price, First African American Woman To Compose A Symphony Performed By A Major Orchestra, Was Born April 9, 1887Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement and Symphony in E MinorRecorded Music of the African Diaspora, Vol. 3 CBMR/Albany Records TROY1295 (2011) Florence B. Price (1887-1953)Florence B. Price was born on April 9, 1887. Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com, has generously made his research on her available to AfriClassical…

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Meet…Tara Erraught

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Meet...Tara ErraughtRising star alert: Irish mezzo Tara Erraught is giving her London debut recital at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday afternoon. She is then singing Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne. I’ve been following her career for a good few years as she’s worked her way up, not least via the Bavarian State Opera’s young artist programme, and her enthusiastic advocates include pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who introduced and accompanied her in a big outdoor concert in Amsterdam a few years back…

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Why retire? Classical performers still touring well past 65Pianist Richard Goode, who plays with the Toronto Symphony on Apr. 11, is 70 and still at the top of his game — like many performers his age.

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The Art of the Pick-Up

– primalamusica.typepad.com

This is not dating advice. If you have designs on an opera singer, you're on your own. Sorry about that. (But good luck!) The kind of pick-up I have in mind is far more mundane, although, as it turns out, no less riddled with potential for misadventure, miscommunication and the occasional teary phonecall…

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The Judgement of Paris

– www.planethugill.com

The Judgement of ParisThe year is 1700, the cause of opera sung in English seems to have stalled. Henry Purcell has been dead for 5 years and the score of his Fairy Queen lost so no further performances possible. His other semi-operas continue to be performed and Dido and Aeneas would be dismembered for inclusion into a play…

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R.I.P. John Shirley-Quirk, 1931-2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

This is, quite simply, one of the greatest recordings of a Bach cantata I have ever heard – and doubtless ever will.

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