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Why Opera Europa's Platform matters + MORE

Opera Europa, in conjunction with arte.tv, has launched an Opera Platform, streaming live opera from all over Europe. The Berlin Phiharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall has brought Berlin to the world. Is this where the future of classical music lies? Media and funding agency obsessions with crude mea.... More »
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Puck at the Piano + MORE

  Pablo Rossi (piano).  Music by Mozart, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Oswald, Chopin.  Sala Palestrina, Palazzo Pamphilj, Brazilian Embassy, Rome. 30.10.2014 (JB) If you were to meet Pablo Rossi at a party –bright, perky, ironic, mischievous- you would say that he ought to be playing Puck in Shakespe.... More »
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Winter is Coming.... + MORE

...and with it, season announcement season for 2015 summer music festivals and the 2015-16 season. I know this, because San Francisco Opera just emailed subscribers to say that we would have our subscription packages on January 13, 2015. Season information will be released to the press for publicati.... More »
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Met names replacements for absent Hvorostovsky + MORE

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from all opera engagements ‘for the foreseeable future’. Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei will sing Onegin at the Met in spring 2017. Kwiecien will sing on March 30, April 3 and 7 and Mattei on April 12, 15, 18, and 22 matinee. .... More »
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1766: a retrospective - Ian Page and Classical opera + MORE

Mozart, Haydn, JC Bach, Jommelli, Guglielmi, Beck, Vanhal; Louise Alder, Benjamin Hulett, Classical Opera, Ian Page; the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 19 2016 Star rating: 4.0 A striking survey of the 10 year old Mozart's musical world, continues t.... More »

Putting classical music where the people are

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe.

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Retired Tenor & Emeritus Professor of Voice George Shirley  & Pianist Althea Waites in 2012 150th Emancipation Proclamation concert - YouTubeJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Retired Metropolitan Opera Tenor and University of Michigan Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice George Shirley performed Civil War era songs during 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation Concert on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles co produced by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC Classical Radio 91…

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Cantonese Opera comes to London

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Cantonese Opera comes to LondonThe renowned  Cantonese Opera singer Yuen Siu-fai (阮兆輝 ) is bringing top quality Cantonese opera to London on 4th August (details here). Masters of this calibre don’t often come to the west. This will be a unique experience. Yuen is bringing his own troupe, the Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop…

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Ambitious spirit

– parterre.com

Ambitious spiritNever let it be said that La Cieca does not pamper her cher public. After the jump, and exclusively on the web, listen to the role debut of Anna Netrebko in Verdi’s Macbeth.
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Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside
Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov
Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko
Macduff: Joseph Calleja
Photo © Wilfried Hösl.

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The Merola Opera Program begins its 2014 Summer Festival with ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ composer André Previn’s adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. The opera strains to convey the powder-keg atmosphere of the original. It never washes away our memories of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the 1951 film…

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Pianist Boise Queen's project: 'PNOqworks Medical' on gofundme; CD 'Rhapsody for Classic Film' is available onlinePianist Boise Queen gofundme projectPNOqworks MedicalBoise Queen:Many thanks to Alice Alviani and the staff of Family Piano Co. of Waukegan, IL and also AFS Digital Media Services for their tireless effort in lending the use of their facility for the video’s and various contributions in making the content of this site possible…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Harrison Birtwistle says he managed to take the tunes out of Mozart for the film Amadeus and that he turned down WH Auden

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Bicycle Opera in gear for five-week tourSeven young, fit opera singers and musicians are pedaling their bikes to 13 Ontario cities this summer, pulling their props and instruments behind them in trailers.

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O sommo Carlo!

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O sommo Carlo!In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Bergonzi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering discounts on their entire catalog of the legendary tenor’s performances, as well as a complimentary download of great moments from his career. (But aren’t they all?)

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Symphonic Milestone

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Today is not only the 197th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, but the milestone 60th birthday of the composer (and my good friend) Robert Carl. His Fourth Symphony is on my web site if you’d like to celebrate. (Be warned, the beginning is very soft.)

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City, country

– davidnice.blogspot.com

City, countryMidsummer weekend was one of extraordinary contrasts. That Saturday afternoon I joined a rainbow of humanity – veterans, babies, folk of all colours and creeds (or none) – around Shoreditch’s Arnold Circus for the ‘happening’ of Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang’s Crowd Out! for 1,000 local performers (in the end it was more like 600, but in future it could fill Wembley Stadium)…

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La bohème, Royal Opera, 9 July 2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Royal Opera HouseMarcello – Markus WerbaRodolfo – Charles CastronovoColline – Jongmin ParkSchaunard – Daniel GriceBenoît – Jeremy WhiteMimì – Ermonela JahoParpignol – Luke PriceMusetta – Simona MihaiAlcindoro – Donald MaxwellCustoms Officer – Christopher LacknerSergeant – Bryan SecombeJohn Copley (director)Julia Trevelyan Oman (designs)John Charlton (lighting)Extra ChorusMembers of Tiffin Children’s ChorusRoyal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseCornelius Meister (conductor)Perhaps I have made life too difficult for myself; it would not necessarily be the first time…

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