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Met Opera: Don Pasquale + MORE

Join us Saturday at noon for a live broadcast of Donizetti's lighthearted farce, 'Don Pasquale', from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The production features soprano Eleonora Buratto, tenor Javier Camarena, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri..... More »
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So, Wagner, meet the new ring in town: 2 new operas at the Kennedy Center + MORE

“Dead Man Walking” and Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” are focus of WNO’s spring season..... More »
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Sophia Rahman and friends on special festivals + MORE

  David Nice writes: At the risk of overloading this special-guest polyphony of festival movers and shakers with one introduction too many, let me just begin by saying that everything you read below sums up a major revelation reinforced for me in 2015, which I should have come to much earlier. .... More »
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Album Review: For Mary J. Blige, Pain Leads to Beauty + MORE

The singer is a virtuoso of suffering, and her new album, “Strength of a Woman,” is her most affecting in years..... More »
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Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Wants You! + MORE

From the press release:COME PLAY WITH BAY AREA RAINBOW SYMPHONY (BARS).Alasdair Neale will be our guest conductor. Alasdair Neale is the music director of the Marin Symphony and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He was the former Principal Guest Conductor of the New World Symphony (Miami), and the former .... More »
La Scala complete Ballet casts and dates: 2014 — 201517 December (Preview for young people) 18, 19 (2 perfs), 28, 30, 31 December 2014 4, 10, 16, 18 January 2015Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Choreography: Nacho Duato Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev Sets and Costumes: Jérôme KaplanÉtoile: Roberto Bolle Guest Artist: Maria Eichwald Corpo di Ballo e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala Coro di Voci Bianche e Allievi della Scuola di Ballo dell’Accademia Teatro alla ScalaNew production Teatro alla Scala 5, 6, 7 (2 perfs), 8, 10, 19 (2 perfs) March 2015Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites In den Winden im Nichts Suite per violoncello solo Nr…

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The Royal Opera’s first presentation of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for more than 30 years is perhaps the visually ugliest show at Covent Garden in living memory

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Death of Klinghoffer opera chiefs cancel cinema broadcasts across worldMet Opera and ENO simulcast pulled amid fears opera about 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship murder will ‘foment antisemitism’The Death of Klinghoffer an opera based on the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by members of the Palestine Liberation Front has been attracting controversy for 23 years…

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How Olivier Messiaen became part of the Vichy mythA comprehensive review of the first week of the Aldeburgh Festival by Richard Fairman in the FT revolves around the new production of Owen Wingrave, which is described, quite correctly, as “one of Britten’s most outspoken anti-war works”. Among the other works grouped with Owen Wingrave is Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, which was given a stunning performance by the Festival’s artistic director Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich…

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Met Cancels Klinghoffer HD Broadcast

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From the Met:New York, NY (June 17, 2014) – After an outpouring of concern that its plans to transmit John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer might be used to fan global anti-Semitism, the Metropolitan Opera announced the decision today to cancel its Live in HD transmission, scheduled for November 15, 2014…

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Hartford Wagner Festival

It’s been awhile since the last entry into this series and the latest head-scratcher comes from the Hartford Wagner Festival (HWF). If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s likely because the group is a nonprofit startup and has yet to present an event. Long story short; their apparent goal is/was to present annual productions of Wager’s “Ring” Cycle using a mixture of established and early career level singers accompanied by a synthesized orchestra…

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It came as no surprise that the cancellation of the scheduled simulcast of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, slated for production at the Metropolitan Opera this fall, has inspired some very active comment section action. But have you heard the work yet? Let’s listen and chat.

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It is an all too familiar scene: patrons travel to a grandiose hall to hear a major symphony orchestra perform on a Thursday-through-Sunday evening. The main attractions include a concerto performance by a critically acclaimed soloist and a symphonic masterpiece by a composer who is most likely long dead…

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Come down from the mountain

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

Come down from the mountain
Last week I went to a party, where I met a lot of people who are (1) precisely not the classical music audience, but (2) precisely the people we need to have in it: Smart, educated, intellectually curious people in (I’d guess) their 30s. The creative class, if you like, of Washington, DC, in 2014…

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Young artists in Il Barbiere di SivigliaNicholas Lester  – photo Robert Workman Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Christine Collins Youngs Artists performance at Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Sparkling performance of Oliver Platt’s inventive new productionThis year there two performances by the Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park…

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Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera, 17 June 2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Royal Opera HouseManon Lescaut – Kristïne OpolaisLescaut – Christopher MaltmanChevalier des Grieux – Jonas KaufmannGeronte de Revoir – Maurizio MuraroEdmondo – Benjamin HulettInnkeeper –Nigel CliffeSinger – Nadezhda KaryazinaDancing Master – Robert BurtLamplighter – Luis GomesSergeant of the Royal Archers – Jihoon Kim Naval Captain – Jeremy WhiteJonathan Kent (director)Paul Brown (designs)Mark Henderson (lighting)Denni Sayers (choreographer)Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Westrop)Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseSir Antonio Pappano (conductor) A moronic audience and obscenely high ticket prices were not designed to have one in the best of moods…

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Nuns and chisellers

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Nuns and chisellersThe French word ‘ciseleur’ is preferable, and, embracing as it does ‘engraver’, gives a better sense of the guild to which that master goldsmith and fantasist Benvenuto Cellini belonged. But the point here is to contrast the feminine strength of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with the testosterone-driven wonders of Berlioz’s liveliest opera – indeed, possibly the liveliest opera in the repertoire – which I had the good fortune to see on consecutive nights last week (Royal Opera images by Stephen Cummiskey; ENO photos by Richard Hubert Smith)…

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Tough cuts at Klaus Tennstedt’s old orchestra

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Tough cuts at Klaus Tennstedt’s old orchestraFor nine years before he escaped in 1971 from the police state that was East Germany, Klaus Tennstedt was music director of the state orchestra and theatre in Schwerin. It was a Baltic town where he enjoyed the seascape and a good deal more freedom of speech than he had found possible in Dresden and Berlin…

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