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virtuosos

Classical Music This Week: Joan of Arc, Birtwistle and a Different ‘Barber’ + MORE

This week’s look ahead at the world of classical music..... More »
orchestra

Concentrated intensity: George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's Written on Skin revived at Covent Garden + MORE

Barbara Hannigan - Written on Skin, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2012 George Benjamin Written on Skin; Barbara Hannigan, Iestyn Davies, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Mark Padmore, dir: Katie Mitchell, cond: George Benjamin; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Ja.... More »
classical music

The ENO chorus: heard but not heeded + MORE

Famous last words: at the end of my Arts Desk reaction in March 2015 to Arts Council England's punishment of English National Opera, I wrote (with apologies for self-quotation): 'the artistic team is doing superlative work under difficult circumstances, delivering time after time. It would be crimi.... More »
maestros

Progenitor back in the spotlight + MORE

Since the Melbourne Festival began, the scale, prominence and rationale of its classical music program has fluctuated..... More »
performance

Smells like opera? + MORE

Scented on the horizon: a new Cav & Pag at the ROH, opening on 3 December complete with passion, murder, incense and...baking?! My piece is in the Indy today.Damiano Michieletto rehearses Paglicacci. Photo: Catherine AshmoreThis was a lot of fun to write and I am only sorry to have missed recent.... More »

Ensemble. Full of Irony

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De Giosa’s ‘Don Checco’, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Listen Now & On-Demand: SFO - The DutchmanThe WFMT Radio Network continues their 2014 American Opera Series with San Francisco Opera – eight operas from their past season and two operas from the San Francisco Opera archives. This week they present The Flying Dutchman..You will have to create a free account to listen to the whole performance – on-demand until the 12 September…

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Compiersi debbe l'opra fatale: Macbeth at the Met

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Compiersi debbe l'opra fatale: Macbeth at the MetThis won't end well. Macbeth, Act II. Photo (c) Met OperaWhat a difference a performance makes. I saw Verdi's Macbeth at the Met a few seasons ago, and left feeling somewhat worn out by a sense of incoherence. Last night, I left exhilarated. I'm still less than impressed by Adrian Noble's 2007 production; it works smoothly and effectively, but I'd like a stronger connection drawn between the dysfunctional court (the system is broken before the Macbeths take a dagger to it) and the plundered landscapes and disillusioned populace…

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NSO’s Foray into Religious Music

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Bach, Selected Organ Works, P. Jacob (JAV, 2004)
Johann Sebastian Bach, in Nicolas Slonimsky’s memorable turn of phrase, is "the supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." This week’s program from the National Symphony Orchestra, heard at the second performance on Thursday night, a special schedule arranged out of respect for Yom Kippur on Friday, had Bach at its heart…

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One of the highlights of last night’s Carmen in St Leonard’s Shoreditch turned out to be, well, the turn out. On a busy Indian summer’s Friday night, the church is anonymous on this trendy strip, like an uncle at a disco. Despite this Barefoot Opera’s production of Bizet’s opera had drawn what felt like a full house; the noisy reception at the close was given with the audience getting spontaneously to their feet…

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Not Exactly News

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Last Saturday, I received a printed invitation from San Francisco Opera to an Important Company Announcement, to be held Friday morning in the lounge behind the opera shop. I figured it must be one of three things:1. Announce David Gockley’s successor, since we’ve all known for the last year that he planned to retire after the 2015-16 season…

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City Music Foundation

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City Music FoundationCity Music Foundation artists 2014The City Music Foundation was set up to bring together several established City-based institutions, including the Barbican Arts Centre, Milton Court Concert Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Musicians, to support young artists…

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Just in: US concert is disrupted by Michael Brown protestSaturday night’s concert of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra was targeted by protesters against the police killing of a young black man in Missouri.
Two audience members in the middle aisle on the main floor began singing an old civil rights tune,  “Which Side are You on?” They soon were joined, in harmony, by other protesters, who stood at seats in various locations on the main floor and in the balcony…

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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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Ring Cycle Player - Listen While You ReadWagner Composing The Ring of the Nibelungen: L. BalestrieriWe have tried various methods of bringing a permanent Wagner music player to the site over the years – I think the first was back in 2011. However, there have been problems with most of them, meaning that often either the player did not display in certain browsers, it refused to play or simply slowed things down for too many readers, However, we are hoping the newest addition will be compatible with as many users operating systems and web browsers as possible…

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Offer Made

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It’s been reported in a couple of Chicago papers, and SFS has confirmed to me, that an offer for the open principal oboe seat at San Francisco Symphony has been made to Eugene Izotov, currently filling the same position at the Chicago Symphony and formerly of SFS.Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-TimesJohn van Rhein, Chicago Tribune

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Deep opera at the Frontline

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Deep opera at the Frontline25 years of loyal service and, until recently, happy collegiality at the City Literary Institute are now to be followed by something partly different, partly the same. When relations with my line manager from Visual Arts (go figure, it’s a long and unedifying story) went sour, and in the bigger picture the institution betrayed its socialistic ideals by axing or severely cutting back on core courses for the deaf and unemployed, I decided enough was enough (chapter and verse in the now-open letter at the foot of the post)…

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The Girl of the Golden West

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Puccini The Girl of the Golden West at ENO tonight. The world’s first Spaghetti Western ?  A tasty teaser, not ?  For my review of the ENO production, please see here.

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