MET Orchestra/Levine, Carnegie Hall, New York + MORE Dec 27th

 

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virtuosos

Can opera save our children? + MORE

CGI blockbusters and brain-numbing video games are damaging our children's imaginations. Rupert Christiansen asks whether opera can help.... More »
classical music news

Wrecking ball + MORE

Sir Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut last night—his third production at the Met in as many seasons—demonstrated once again no particular aptitude for opera and more often hindered rather than helped his stars Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as they struggled—only sometimes successful.... More »
recitals

Jessye Norman: Dress size has nothing to do with opera singing + MORE

Legendary soprano Jessye Norman talks weight, race and what it really takes to be an opera star.... More »
aria

How Maestro Dudamel is saving classical music + MORE

Newsweek's 2012 profile headlined "Bravo, Gustavo! How Maestro Dudamel is saving classical music" was remarkably prophetic. As his latest property transaction seen above and Rolex brand ambassador role seen below confirm, Gustavo Dudamel has indeed saved classical music. He has saved the celebrity c.... More »
orchestra

Berlin Festtage (5) - Kremer/Kozhukhin: Weinberg, Brahms, and Franck, 1 April 2015 + MORE

Philharmonie, Berlin Weinberg – Sonata no.2 for solo violin, op.95Brahms – Fantasies, op.116Weinberg – Sonata no.3 for solo violin, op.126Franck – Sonata in A major, for violin and piano Gidon Kremer (violin)Denis Kozhukhin (piano)  1 April: I suppose the date should have given it away..... More »
Music Review: ‘Messiah’ by the Oratorio Society at Carnegie HallKen Tritle led the Oratorio Society in Handel’s “Messiah” for a capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall.    

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Gott der Herr die Hand uns reicht: Hänsel und Gretel in WiesbadenDie Kinder und die Knusperhexe. Photo © Staatstheater WiesbadenLike many other opera houses, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden is presenting Hänsel und Gretel during this festive season, and I took myself to yesterday's performance as a Christmas treat. Fine orchestral work, a carefully revived production, and strong vocal and dramatic performances made it a treat indeed…

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Bombs in Egypt, opera recital postponed

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Bombs in Egypt, opera recital postponedFollowing yesterday’s murderous bombing in Mansoura – 16 dead, 134 injured – the Cairo Opera House has pushed back its Christmas concert with Gala El Hadidi to next Sunday.

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New York Times Blog: 'Sphinx Awards Highlight Promise Among Young Musicians'Damien SneedCarla DirlikovPedrito Martinez (Copyright Martin Cohen/congahead.com)The New York Times BlogDecember 24, 2013Sphinx Awards Highlight Promise Among Young MusiciansBy ALLAN KOZINN The Sphinx Organization, a national training program devoted to getting black and Hispanic students involved in classical music performance, announced the winners of its 2014 artist scholarships on Tuesday…

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Korea appoints its first woman chief conductor

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Korea appoints its first woman chief conductorWe are receiving reports that Shi-Yeon Sung, associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named chief conductor of the  Suwon Philharmonic. Shi-Yeon, 38, won the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and was assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony…

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Afro-French Composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Born Dec. 25, 1745, Featured at 'Colour of Music' in Charleston 268 Years After BirthMaestro Marlon Daniel, of Ensemble du Monde, was Director of Orchestral Music at Colour of Music Festival in Charleston in 2013           The life, fencing and music of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799)are presented at AfriClassical.com. On Dec. 25, 1745, a slave on a Caribbean plantation gave birth to a boy whose father was a French nobleman who owned the plantation…

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An energetic but sensitive James Levine conjured Mahler both nuanced and explosive from the virtuosic MET Orchestra

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The diva

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Tosca – Metropolitan Opera, 12/17/2013Radvanovsky, Tamura, Gagnidze / ArmiliatoI know she’s been working on them in parallel, with performances of this part around the world since the last Met run, but it’s near-impossible at this point to view Sondra Radvanovsky’s current run as Tosca separately from her triumph this fall as Norma…

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Learning How to Play as an IndividualBy Daniel Broniatowski: My dear readers,
Today’s article is not going to be about wedding music, music lessons, or my company, Maestro Musicians.
Rather, I simply wish to speak to you from the heart about my experience as a concert violinist. It is my hope that you can take my principles and apply them to your own life in any way that resonates (no pun intended!)…

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