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Richard Wagner: Supreme Annihilator of the German War Gods + MORE

In his book Wagner and Philosophy, Bryan Magee tells us that:Those of my readers who know Wagner only by his reputation may be surprised at the portrait I have presented so far of a left-wing revolutionary writing the libretto of The Ring while in political exile in Switzerland. The image of Wagner .... More »
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Go hollanderize it for some other dame + MORE

Born on this day in 1880 journalist and author Damon Runyon.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2xfr0wah6w Born on this day in 1893 soprano Göta Ljungberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5jweiqme4M Born on this day in 1894 soprano/mezzo-sorpano Margherita Grandi http://www.youtube.com/watch?.... More »
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When Opera Directors Need To Step Back And Reevaluate Their Work + MORE

Düsseldorf Deutsche Oper am Rhein's Tannhauser.An interesting discussion from Jessica Duchen which asks "Should an opera production be changed if audiences dislike it?" Sparked by the clear revision of Christof Loy’s production of Tristan und Isolde at the ROH this season and going on to discuss .... More »
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The Impossible Happens + MORE

LA Opera has a better 2016-17 season than San Francisco Opera.Main stage:Macbeth, Verdi; Placido Domingo (sigh), Ekaterina Semenchuk/ConlonAkhnaten, Glass; Anthony Roth Costanza in the title role. Matthew Aucoin conducts a PHelim McDermott productionAbduction from the Seraglio, Mozart; Aleksandra Ku.... More »
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Barbara Hannigan, Mahler Chamber Orchestra + MORE

Gershwin met Berg in a typically irresistible performance by the Canadian singer-conductor.... More »

Carmen, Royal Opera

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Carmen, Royal OperaThis article first appeared at auditionoracle.com We want to set our sights high on your behalf at Audition Oracle and decided to begin 2014 right at the top. Last night we visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to see Carmen. It turned out to be a complete experience of the wonder and absurdity of opera, with all sorts of things happening we can all relate to…

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Erik Satie’s Hackney house

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Erik Satie's notorious Vexations has inspired the design of a new house to be built in Stoke Newington. The composer suggested the work's few lines should be repeated 840 times, turning each rare performance into a full day marathon. This generated the plan for a sculptural, unresolved spiral form…

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Kate Soper and Gelsey Bell, by Kobi Davis

Welcome to 2014—and what a crazy weekend for contemporary American opera in NYC January 11-12 is turning out to be. Not only will the second PROTOTYPE Festival be in full swing (about which more to come), but Morningside Opera will present Here Be Sirens, a new chamber opera by composer-vocalist Kate Soper, at Dixon Place on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon…

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It Has Come To Our Attention That The Musicians Are Armed

When you work in this field long enough, you come across opportunities to snag some rare items that document some of the more remarkable occurrences. For example, my wife has a copy of the Richmond (VA) Symphony memo sent to musicians reminding them that firearms are not permitted at services. She keeps a framed copy in the dining room for posterity and it never fails to serve as a great conversation piece…

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The comedic musicians Igudesman & Joo were on hand (and foot) for the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert.    

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Conductor Sir Simon Rattle, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and pianist Stephen Hough have all been recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours list.
Sir Simon, who is the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, was given an Order of Merit, an honour which can only be held by 24 people at any time…

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Stressed Strauss, Fixing Die Fledermaus

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Stressed Strauss, Fixing Die FledermausOn New Year’s Eve, the Met unveiled its new Strauss Die Fledermaus, directed by Jeremy Sams.  From still photos, it looks stunning, with designs by Robert Jones. That giant dome (vaguely like a punch bowl) looks as if it’s about to explode, drowning the cast. The plot revolves on cheating and deception…

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The Use of Buddhist and Hindu Concepts in Wagner's Stage Works - Peter BassettBuddha: V&A MuseumThe following is taken from a presentation given by Wagner scholar Peter Bassett during the Melbourne Ring in 2013 – which can be heard by clicking here. Printed here with kind permission of the author.Peter, is author, among much else, of lasts years study of Wagner and Verdi: 1813: Wagner and Verdi…

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New year, New York, new opera

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New year, New York, new operaSilvester fireworks in MainzI have an operatically eventful January ahead of me here in Germany: Enescu in Frankfurt, Verdi in München, hopefully a Wozzeck double-bill in Darmstadt, and if I can manage it, Elektra in Dresden. I am, believe it or not, planning to get some work done as well. But while all this excitement is keeping me busy over here, my beloved New York will also be having a very exciting month of opera…

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No prizes if you guessed conducting, but the first violins suffer more than most too.
That's according to a new study which examined the stress reactions in conductor and musicians of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.
Blood samples taken after a performance showed that the first violinists and the conductor had higher stress indicator levels than all the other musicians put together…

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An Ishmaelite welcome

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An Ishmaelite welcomeIt’s the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz, Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L’enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: ‘away with you, filthy Jews!’ An Ishmaelite father, however, welcomes them into a lively household…

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Rutland Boughton - centenary of the Glastonbury festivals2014 is the centenary of the founding of the original festival at Glastonbury by the composer Rutland Boughton. At his Glastonbury festivals Boughton had mounted over 350 staged works; 100 chamber concerts, a number of exhibitions and series of lectures and recitals. The Rutland Boughton Music Trust plans to celebrate this…

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Grossenbacher/Ensemble Modern/ORF SO Wien/Deutsches SO Berlin/ Deutsche RPO Saarbrucken/Hefti(Col Legno)This collection of orchestral pieces conducted by David Philip Hefti himself overlaps with a Neos disc of the 38-year-old Swiss composer’s music that appeared last year. The sibling pieces Klangbogen from 2009, and the cello concerto Gegenklang, composed immediately afterwards and seemingly continuing the musical argument of its predecessor, are common to both; the remaining pieces here follow the timeline of Hefti’s orchestral work right up to last year…

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