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A Philharmonic Farewell, With Musicians from Nations Trump Sought to Ban + MORE

Alan Gilbert has invited musicians from all over, including Iran and Iraq, who were targets of President Trump’s travel ban, for shows in June..... More »
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SFO Don Carlo: Media Roundup and Further Commentary + MORE

Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Mariusz Kwiecien (Rodrigo)San Francisco Opera, Don Carlo©Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaMy Don Carlo review, filed late yesterday, won't be up until this evening or tomorrow, owing to technical issues at SFCV. is now posted. Briefly, it's a great musical achievement,.... More »
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Zurück vom Ring! 2016 tally for opera etc. + MORE

No further operatic plans for 2016, so here is my tally for the year. The 'etc.' indicates that I have included not only concert performances but other borderline cases, including music theatre. Beat Furrer's 'sound theatre' piece, FAMA, arguably does not belong here at all, but never mind; I though.... More »
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A Yuja Wang Dress Report, Prokofiev 2, and the Munich Philharmonic in Brahms + MORE

Back in May of this year: A nice day, an empty concert hall. And many—more than half of Munich’s Philharmonic Hall 2500 capacity, I’d guess—seat cushions staring at Yuja Wang devilling through the Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto—accompanied by the relative no-name conductor Michał Nestero.... More »
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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 »
Receive 65% off the price of Bill Neely’s online course on the history of classical music is available to M&V subscribers

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LPO/Vladimir Jurowski review  superb tribute to Rachmaninovs orchestral workRoyal Festival Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski is a fitting champion for a season-long survey by the London Philharmonic OrchestraAn often highly political argument still raged in the 1960s about Rachmaninovs proper place in music. Nowadays his work is widely accepted and admired, and the London Philharmonic Orchestras season-long survey of his orchestral works is a fine opportunity to hear important rarities, as well as the chocolate-box concerto favourites…

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Wagner’s Tannhäuser Back in Dresden

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Wagner: Tannhäuser, Staatskapelle and Staatsopernchor Dresden, Cornelius Meister (conductor), Semperoper Dresden, 3.10.2014 (JMI) Cast: Tannhäuser: Stephen Gould Elisabeth: Elisabet Strid Wolfram: Markus Brück Venus: Alexandra Petersamer Landgrave: Georg Zeppenfeld Walther: Ulrich Ress Biterolf: Tilmann Rönnebeck Heinrich: Aaron Pegram Reinmar: Jörn Schümann Shepherd: Emily Dorn   Production: Semperoper Dresden Direction: Peter Konwitschny Sets: Hartmut Meyer Costumes: […]

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Dallas, the remake of the classic 1980s US TV soap opera, is cancelled after three seasons by cable and satellite network TNT.

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A titan of Russian theatre and opera has died, aged 97

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A titan of Russian theatre and opera has died, aged 97Yuri Lyubimov, one of the formative directors of Russian theatre and opera, died today in Moscow.
Born in the year of the Bolshevik revolution, he took charge of a moribund Moscow theatre in 1964, renaming it the Taganka. He staged 66 productions there both before being exiled by the Soviet regime in 1984, and after his return…

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Morning Glories: Bachtoberfest!

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We're declaring this week Bachtoberfest on Morning Glories, highlighting the music of J. S. Bach. Did you know that his home in Leipzig had an alcove especially for the beer barrel?

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Dutch composer and writer Konrad Boehmer died in October 2014, aged seventy-three

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Primary school children around the country are being taken to their local cinema to view a new BBC film about classical music.

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WNO 2015/16 season announcement

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WNO 2015/16 season announcementDavid Jones whose In Parenthesis forms basis for a new opera for WNOCredit: The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum; The Estate of David JonesPrior to the first night of their new production of Rossini’s Mose in Egitto (see my review) Welsh National Opera announced details of its 2015/16 season, a season, a season which culminates in the company’s 70th birthday celebrations…

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Chance to See Underrated Meyerbeer Opera

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 Meyerbeer: Dinorah, Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor), Berliner Philharmonie, 1.10.2014 (JMI)   Concert version   Cast: Dinorah: Patrizia Ciofi Hoël: Etienne Dupuis Corentin: Philippe Talbot Hunter: Seth Carico The Reaper: Gideon Poppe Shepherds: Elbenita Kajtazi and Christina Sidak It is quite curious what has happened over the past hundred years with […]

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ENO Girl of the Golden West Puccini

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ENO Girl of the Golden West PucciniAt the ENO, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West becomes The Girl of the Golden West. Hearing this opera in English instead of Italian has its advantages, While we can still hear the exotic, Italianate Madama Butterfly fantasies in the orchestra, in English, we’re closer to the original pot-boiler melodrama…

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Die schweigsame Frau broadcast from the Bayerische StaatsoperContrary to appearances, not a Herheim production This one is short-notice: the Bayerische Staatsoper’s free internet video stream series continues today with Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau, starting at 6:00 pm Munich time (noon on the US East Coast). This opera, dating from 1935 with a libretto by the currently trendy Stefan Zweig, is rarely produced (I’ve never seen it) and not available on DVD…

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Mosè in Egitto review  rare Rossini inspires formidable singingMillennium Centre, CardiffThe Welsh National Opera delivers a striking performance of Rossinis three-act operaWelsh National Opera followers wearying of Old Testament libretti (Nabucco and Moses und Aaron in June) or wary of a surfeit of Rossini (the recent Guillaume Tell) might balk at the combination of these two in the companys latest production…

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