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Grammy-winning conductor says please exploit me + MORE

John McLaughlin Williams - seen above - has added the following comment to yesterday's post Classical music is exploiting #female: 'How I wish they would deign to exploit #blackconductors. Is that even a thing?'.... More »
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La bohème, Royal Opera, 9 July 2014 + MORE

Royal Opera HouseMarcello – Markus WerbaRodolfo – Charles CastronovoColline – Jongmin ParkSchaunard – Daniel GriceBenoît – Jeremy WhiteMimì – Ermonela JahoParpignol – Luke PriceMusetta – Simona MihaiAlcindoro – Donald MaxwellCustoms Officer – Christopher LacknerSergeant – Bry.... More »
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Philip Cannon obituary + MORE

Versatile composer whose commissions included a requiem in one movementThe composer and teacher Philip Cannon, who has died aged 87, defied avant-garde trends with vocal and instrumental music that communicated immediately with listeners.His first acknowledged works date from his student years at th.... More »
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In America 2014, does Jackie Evancho = opera? + MORE

A touching and thoughtful post by opera student Chelsea Feltman poses three questions which should never be asked of a young artist (and obviously are, all the time). The questions: -”Wow! So are you going to be on American Idol?” -”The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite!” -”Have you .... More »
New York Premiere for a Long-Suppressed OperaMieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger” has its New York premiere on Thursday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!This is the cast of La Traviata at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich tonight (NB, in the interval) as Germany progresses to the semi-final of the World Cup. “Something I’ve never, ever witnessed at Glyndebourne,” says my spy.

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Anna Netrebko Debuts as Lady Macbeth

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 Verdi: Macbeth, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Paolo Carignani (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 1.7.2014 (JMI) Cast: Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko Macduff: Joseph Calleja Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov Malcolm: Dean Power Doctor: Christoph Stephinger Lady Macbeth’s Dame: Iulia Maria Dan Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Martin Kusej Sets: Martin Zehetgruber Costumes: Werner Fritz Lighting: […]

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La liberté pour nous conspire? Guillaume Tell

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La liberté pour nous conspire? Guillaume TellFighting over the future: Guillaume Tell, Act III. Photo © Bayerische StaatsoperA confession, with apologies to those whose opera-related obsessions center on bel canto: thrillingly-sung Rossini is not a phrase that ordinarily trips from my tongue. For Wednesday night's performance of Guillaume Tell at the Bayerische Staatsoper, however, no less a word than thrilling would do…

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This production of Puccini’s Tosca was intimate but lacked crackling electricity, says Rupert Christiansen

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Charles Villiers Stanford's Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 124Any consideration of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Seventh Symphony could do worse than begin with Charles Porte’s summary in his book about the composer’s music. Porte introduces a number of facets of this symphony which are to dominate any future discussion of the work. He describes is as ‘a singularly bright, compact and lucid work’ but immediately qualifies this by suggesting that it has not ‘a claim to be regarded as great spiritual music’…

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Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House

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Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first hit, a dramatically flawed but musically sumptuous work that captured the hearts of its first audiences and critics. The irresistible allure of a pair of ill-fated lovers, here the heroine Manon and the loyal Des Grieux, is the plots’s strength…

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NEW! Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season

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Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season Following the fiasco at La Scala, Riccardo Muti was cautious about taking on another Italian House.  There wasn’t, of course, a Sovrintendente (General Manager)  who would not have been delighted to enrol him as Principal Conductor.  Various Sovrintendenti tried…

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Just in: It rained on the maestro’s birthday party

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Just in: It rained on the maestro’s birthday partyLong Yu, the most powerful conductor in China, has long been preparing a mighty bash for his 50th birthday. The first leg was in Beijing midweek, before Lang Lang flew off to Lebanon.

 
 
But the big event was aimed at his home town, Shanghai, presenting a new work by a Chinese composer played by Alison Balsom, a new American work by John Williams played by a Chinese pianist, and a new work from Tan Dun who straddles both worlds…

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Pianist Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar plays Waltz-Suite Three-Fours by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Wed., July 9 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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CBSO/Gardner review  sumptuous, overwhelming season closerSymphony Hall, BirminghamCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provides all the illustration needed in a fine instrumental performance of Bluebeard’s CastleOf all great 20th-century operas, there’s none that retains its dramatic power better in a concert performance than Bluebeard’s Castle. Even monodramas such as Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine need their theatrical trappings more than Bartók’s two-hander, in which the psychological battle between the protagonists, what that reveals and what that destroys, are vividly enough depicted in the score…

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Michael Nyman on writing a symphony for Hillsborough

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Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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