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It’s a Mantua’s world + MORE

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to the Met Friday in the stilted “Las Vegas” production by Michael Mayer, with mostly competent singing from a good-looking cast. However, in the role of Gilda, Olga Peretyatko was the standout performer, with a clean, brilliant soprano and a fresh face. In both “C.... More »
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Penderecki: Magnificat CD review - a peculiar and gripping mix played at full throttle + MORE

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Sergio A. Mims: Afro-Venezuelan Maestro Rafael Payare makes conducting debut with Royal College of Music Philharmonic May 5, 2017 + MORE

Rafael PayareSergio A. Mims forwards this release:Royal College of Music Orchestral Masterworks: Shostakovich's Symphony no 106:15pm | 05 May 2017 | Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall Rafael Payare conductorRCM Philharmonic  .... More »
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New York Premiere for a Long-Suppressed Opera + MORE

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger” has its New York premiere on Thursday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival..... More »
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A Wondrous Walkure at the COC + MORE

Production is Wagner with a heart, not just with noise and faux political theorizing.... More »
Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…We all know how the old saying goes, especially the opera critics. I should look up its origins, but the internet on this tour is shaky and patchy enough for me to not bother trying. In any case, on this five-concert tour it’s irrelevant; there are no singers of any body configuration to herald the final curtain…

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davis: Film Music (and other things) from NaxosThe first piece of music by Peter Maxwell Davies that I heard was the iconic masterpiece Eight Songs of a Mad King premiered in April 1969. This ‘monodrama’ had been released on LP in 1971 and I heard it around about the same time as I was coming to terms with Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The contrast could not be greater…

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Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius

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Music Review: Istvan Vardai Plays Bach at the Park Avenue ArmoryIstvan Vardai performed Bach’s Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5, and 6 at the Park Avenue Armory’s recently renovated Board of Officers Room.

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Words from the women…

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I have a little guest spot in the Observer today, re the conundrum facing young female soloists in the classical music world re sounding good versus looking good… It’s connected to Susannah Clapp’s larger article, here.Meanwhile Fiona Maddocks has written such a brilliant take on Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier that I think we should campaign for her to receive a DBE for services to opera, wit and good sense…

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In My Dreams

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I keep thinking about this self-indulgent course I want to teach, all European music. My Advanced Analysis seminars usually encompass three pieces from different historical periods, analyzed in depth. And I desperately want to teach one based around the unfinished fugue from Bach’s The Art of Fugue; Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica, which is based on […]

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A singer’s life: the harsh reality

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A singer’s life: the harsh reality
This is Olga Peretyatko, a rising Russian soprano who is touring Germany as Adina in Donizeeit’s L’elisir d’amore. Olga writes:
DEAR ALL!
Yesterday was a really great evening with Teatro Regio di Torino here in Wiesbaden. But only a few of you know, what a week I have had. My adorable grandmother died exactly on my birthday, I was and am still sick, with laryngitis and a common cold…

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This production of Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron is an austere but enthralling masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen

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Ensemble. Collective Virtuosity

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Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Britten from Natalie Clein, the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Review – What An Ochs

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Review – Der Rosenkavalier (Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Saturday 24 May, 2014)
Marschallin – Soile Isokoski
Octavian – Alice Coote
Baron Ochs – Franz Hawlata
Herr Faninal – Mark Stone
Sophie – Sophie Bevan
Valzacchi – Bonaventura Bottone
Annina – Pamela Helen Stephen
Major Domo/Landlord – Ted Schmidt
Marchande de Modes/Marianne Leitmetzerin – Elaine McKrill
Italian Tenor – Ji-Min Park
A Notary/Commissar – Eddie Wade
Vendor of Animals – Paul Curievici
Footmen/Servants – Nicholas Ashby, Paul Curievici, Edward Harrison, Joseph Kennedy
CBSO Chorus
CBSO Youth Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (Conductor)
It’s been a Rosenkavalier-Fest for many reasons recently…

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The opera “All Quiet on the Western Front” had its American premiere at Roulette.

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Moses und Aron review  unmissable, rare Schoenberg operaMillennium Centre, CardiffA wonderfully contained Moses, suave Aron, and score delivered with clarity and sincerity only the updated staging did this unfinished masterpiece less than full justiceSchoenberg’s only full-length stage work stands alongside Berg’s Lulu, Puccini’s Turandot and Busoni’s Doktor Faust as one of the great unfinished operatic projects of the 20th century…

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