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Bychkov Leads an Unforgettable War Requiem + MORE Dec 1st

  Britten, War Requiem: Christine Brewer (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox (director), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin (director), Semyon Bychkov (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 27.11..... More »
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From the archive, 27 November 1968: Manon Lescaut returns to Royal Opera House + MORE

Puccini’s opera has not been presented at Covent Garden since the thirties, and then in a not very glamorous production Continue reading....... More »
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Review: Symphony Silicon Valley's season opener is a fitting tribute to the late George Cleve + MORE

Saturday evening at the California Theatre in San Jose, David Amado and Symphony Silicon Valley honored the late maestro with ravishing, heartfelt performances of works by Beethoven and Schumann. Cleve passed away August 27 at his home in Berkeley. He was 79..... More »
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BBCSO/Morlot review a superbly sure-footed Poulenc + MORE

Barbican, LondonMorlot conjured a wonderful palette of colour from a work whose cross-dressing craziness never eclipses its dark wartime originsAs with the proverbial buses, you wait a long while for a Poulenc opera and then two come along at once. Les dialogues des Carmélites returns to Cove.... More »
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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 »
Seiji Ozawa's Focus Is on Winning Classical-Music Accolades for JapanThe acclaimed conductor, Seiji Ozawa, is pushing the eclectic Saito Kinen Orchestra to realize his long-held wish: a world-class symphony in Japan.    

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Powerful stuff - Eisler songs - Matthias Goerne

Hanns Eisler is something of a contradictory composer. Described by Schoenberg as his favourite pupil, Eisler then questioned what music was for and aligned himself with the highly politicised Bertholt Brecht. War brought exile and disillusion in Hollywood, but post-war brought further disillusion in Communist East Germany…

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Leeds Lieder – review

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Leeds Lieder – reviewVarious venues, LeedsBavarian soprano Christiane Karg brought sumptuous tone to a recital series dedicated to Goethe’s Gypsy girl MignonMignon, an impoverished Gypsy girl forced to work in a circus, has only a bit part in Goethe’s grand narrative Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. But her myth was perpetuated by artists from Schubert to Walter Scott, and the Leeds Lieder festival featured a series of recitals exploring the impact of the enigmatic Gypsy on the romantic imagination…

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The Eye of the Storm

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The Eye of the StormJonathan Nott and the Bamberger Symphoniker’s Mahler comes to a close this Autumn with the release of the Sixth and Eight Symphonies. I will report on the latter in another post, meantime focussing my attention on the Bambergers’ gripping account of the Sixth. Its wildness comes as something of a surprise after the more sober Seventh, while recalling the ferocious modernity of Nott’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth…

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 W. Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico, Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Alejo Pérez (conductor),  Madrid Teatro Real 9.10.2013 (JMI) New Production Teatro Real Direction: Pierre Audi Sets: Alexander Polzin Costumes: Wojciech Dziedzic Lighting: Urs Schönebaum Cast: Montezuma: Nadja Michael Cortez: Georg Nigl Soprano: Caroline Stein Contralto: Katarina Bradic The Teatro Real has dedicated the programs […]The post Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico: Attractive Performance but not for Everyone appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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Britten Sinfonia/Lewis – review

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Britten Sinfonia/Lewis – reviewMilton Court, LondonMozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 produced sparks of brilliance from Paul Lewis, though the hall’s vibrant acoustic proved more suited to StravinskyThe Britten Sinfonia has a new London base for its eclectic, joyously performed concerts: Milton Court, which is both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s new concert hall and an outpost of the nearby Barbican…

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Agrippina at ETO

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Agrippina at ETO08/10/13Britten Theatre, Royal College of MusicThough both were composed for the Venetian stage, the musical differences between Giasone and Agrippina are immense. This is perhaps understandable as they are separated by a span of 60 years, but it feels like a greater divide is represented here. Giasone (1649) comes at the end of the early Italian Baroque, derived as it is mostly from Monteverdi’s innovations of the early 1600s…

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Second View: Die Fledermaus at the London Coliseum

Edgaras Montvidas, Andrew Shore, Julia Sporsen
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The premiere of English National Opera’s new production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus was covered by Hilary for this blog. Reviews of the opera had been mixed, so I caught up with the production on 11 October 2013. Director Christopher Alden has folded references to Sigmund Freud and other late 19th century Viennese cultural icons into his staging (designed by Allen Moyer with costumes by Constance Hoffman) which was first seen in 2012 at Canadian Opera…

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The Royal Opera House in London has announced that part of its lineup from the 2013-14 season will be simulcast for the first time in more than 500 movie theaters in the United States.    

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The New York Times needs to correct its Alberto Vilar reportsA letter to the Editor. The statement that Vilar’s promised gifts ‘never materialized’ is untrue and defamatory.    Dear Madam,                                                                                     Your front-page article on Saturday, October 5, “A Frenzied Last-Act Effort to Save City Opera” states that Alberto W…

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Is LA Just A Cultural Bubble?

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Is LA Just A Cultural Bubble?

The 10/9/2013 Los Angeles Times published a fascinating article by music critic Mark Swed juxtaposes the recent round of bad news against what he describes as a thriving Los Angeles classical music scene. The article isn’t some LA centric puff piece; instead, it asks tough questions about sustainability and whether LA is just a bubble waiting to burst to a chorus of “we told you so” naysayers amidst Chicken Little pundits…

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Britten War Requiem Jurowski Bostridge Goerne LPO

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Britten War Requiem Jurowski Bostridge Goerne LPOIan Bostridge and Matthias Goerne are an ideal partnership in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, as demonstrated at the Royal Festival Hall with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Bostridge and Goerne’s voices complement each other perfectly. Between them they cover the whole range in the score but, much more importantly, they access the deepest levels of meaning…

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Jason, fleeced

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Jason – English Touring Opera – Britten Theatre, 4 October 2013

Giasone or Jason, Cavalli's greatest hit emerges trimmed and translated as a witty commentary on fidelity in English Touring Opera's new production.
Substantial cuts have shorn the Golden Fleece from the tale, not to mention the Argonauts…

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