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London auditions for Neue Stimmen + MORE

We had a full day planned yesterday at the Royal Opera House and in the event it was reasonably unrushed since there were some cancellations and no-shows.  I understand cancellations for various perfectly valid reasons, and those that make the minimum effort needed to send an email are conscien.... More »

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan are the Stars of the Future in the Royal Opera’s L’Elisir d’Amore + MORE

Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera House / Bertrand de Billy (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 27.5.2017. (JPr) Cast: Adina – Pretty Yende Nemorino – Liparit Avetisyan Dulcamara – Alex Esposito Belcore.... More »

Semi-Scholarly Summary: Cyrano de Bergerac + MORE

This evening sees the opening of Franco Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Met. It's being marketed as Puccini-like, but the comparison, in my view, over-simplifies the work of both composers. To me, Alfano's Cyrano seems a curious blend of romantic structure and dramatic spectacle, a.... More »

Zum Mond und Zurück, Philharmonie Berlin — charming + MORE

Andrew Norman’s children’s opera is engaging — but the production raises questions.... More »

À la joie/To Joy/An die Freude + MORE

For me, the moment when a tear came to the eye: Macron took to the podium to the strains of the European anthem, Beethoven's setting of Schiller's Ode to Joy in his Ninth Symphony. Tomorrow at the Europe Day concert in St John's Smith Square, we'll be standing for it with a special emotion. Happy to.... More »
British violinist David Angel died in April 2017

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…The idea of combining the music of Joseph Haydn with that of György Ligeti is an inspired one. There is a reason why Haydn works very well with contemporary composers (so long as they have a playfulness, joy, and a wry smile in their writing): his is music that schools the ears in listening carefully, it readies us for acute perception, and it is timeless because it is so exceptionally well

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How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home.

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#promsnewmusic 2017

– johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com

Iiiit’s Proms time! For the definitive list of new music in this year’s festival see below, or follow  #promsnewmusic on Twitter. A few quick observations: women composers: 11 (down from 12 in 2015 (did I not do this list last year?)) 12 (edit: I’d missed Andrea Tarrodi in Prom 61)…

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Haydn in plain sight

– parterre.com

Haydn in plain sightAlthough his operas don’t get much love, Haydn often wrote beautifully for the voice. “Trove Thursday” presents a sampling of the master’s vocal works: two celebrated scenas sung by Cecilia Bartoli and Magdalena Kozená, along with a pair of opera arias from bad-girl Simone Kermes. 
Happily still available as an inexpensive 20-CD set, Antal Dorati’s superb series of Haydn operas was widely acclaimed as each opera was released on Philips LPs, but they didn’t have had much of an effect in encouraging stagings of those works…

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Throwback Thursday: Music Director Compensation

We’re about two months away from the latest installment in the annual orchestra compensation reports so I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back at the music director installment from last year’s series.
If you recall, this was one of the biggest bombshells in the entire series history in that it reported Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) music director Jaap van Zweden’s bank-busting $5,110,538 annual compensation…

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The winners of the 12th annual BBC Music Magazine Awards have been announced, with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra topping a starry list…

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Gergiev is building a concert hall in his garden

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Gergiev is building a concert hall in his gardenIt is reported in St Petersburg that Valery Gergiev is building a 100-150 seat concert hall in the garden of his house in Repino, the suburb where Shostakovich used to live.
The hall will cost 150 million rubles – around $2 million – and Gergiev is paying for it himself.
The house, formerly a trade union rest home, was given to him by the Governor of St Petersburg in 2005…

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Asking the musical question ‘Harbor Lights’On this day in 1935 Your Hit Parade began broadcasting.  
Born on this day in 1903 baritone Josef Herrmann.
Born on this day in 1906 tenor Giovanni Malipiero.
Happy 74th birthday conductor John Eliot Gardiner…

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And so are Scott Walker, Ella Fitzgerald and the UK’s first BAME orchestra, as the Proms turns 123.

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James Matheson on Yarlung

– www.sequenza21.com

James Matheson
Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Time Alone
Baird Dodge, violin; Chicago Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen;
Color Field Quartet
Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano
Yarlung Records
On his latest CD for Yarlung, composer James Matheson presents strong essays in both the concerto and string quartet genres…

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First pick of this summer’s BBC Proms

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

First pick of this summer’s BBC PromsWe’ve had a quick flip through the season and come up with these unmissables:
1 Barenboim conducts Birtwistle premiere (July 16)
2 A European Requiem by James MacMillan – couldn’t be more timely (July 30)
3 William Christie conducts Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Aug 1)
4 Bychkov conducts Khovanshchina (Aug 6)
5 Rattle conducts Gurrelieder (Aug 19)
6 La Scala Orch plays Respighi (Aug 25)
7 Cincinnati plays Copland’s Lincoln Portrait – also timely (Aug 27)
8  Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for A Mad King (Sept 2)
9 Mendelssohn Day with Freiburg (Sep 3)
10 Prom 19: Relaxed Prom
The BBC’s first ever Relaxed Prom is suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted…

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Canada Turns 150, but a Silent Chorus Isn’t Celebrating“Louis Riel,” considered the great Canadian opera, is being staged in Toronto to explore the nation’s relationship with its indigenous population.

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