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Jarrett Ott is a star. That is the only surprise takeaway from the well-intended snore, Cold Mountain, which opened Friday for a five-performance run at Opera Philadelphia.   Pictures show that Mr. Ott is handsome, but they don’t capture his charisma onstage, or the floating beauty of his high ba.... More »
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Europe-Bound, Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra Give a Stunning Preview + MORE

  Muhly, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 15.5.2015 (BJ) Muhly: Mixed Messages Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 I have never heard the Phi.... More »
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Poetic Inspirations: Heath Quartet and my pre-concert talk at Conway Hall + MORE

The Heath QuartetOn Sunday 8 January 2017, the Heath Quartet will be performing a programme of quartets by Beethoven, Bartok and Dvorak at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, and I will be giving the pre-concert talk. Under the title Poetic Inspirations, I will be looking at the way the composers were ins.... More »
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The Industry, wild Up to workshop new operas at 'First Take' + MORE

Yuval Sharon, artistic director of the experimental L.A. opera company the Industry, believes that opera is an emerging art form. Yes, he knows it's been around since the late 16th century, but he's passionate about its future: What opera can be..... More »
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Tenuous Connections - Richard Wagner and Bill Cosby + MORE

Ring Festival LA is gone and forgotten, pretty much.  Has it really been five whole years since the Los Angeles Opera tried to market their production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle to ten million people by holding a county-wide arts festival?Only a few really cared much about the underfun.... More »
Royal Albert Hall, LondonTransplanted from its Berlin home, Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s oratorio was less immersive but remained undeniably powerful"A transformative ritual reaching across time and space" is how director Peter Sellars describes Bach’s St Matthew Passion. His famous 2010 Berlin staging finally reached London for a single performance as part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s visit to the Proms…

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If Atlanta’s lockout succeeds, music across America will be the poorer for itWhen the Minnesota Orchestra locked out its musicians in October 2012, two considerations weighed high in the board’s mind. One was that Minnesota paid well above the going rate to attract top players. The other was that, a month earlier, players in the Atlanta symphony had agreed after a short lockout to a 14 percent pay cut…

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“Hebrews and Sodomites: Greetings!”Born on this dayin 1905: film producer Joseph E. Levine (not pictured).

Born on this day in 1873 opera and stage director Max Reinhardt

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Miriam Licette

Born on this day in 1925 director and designer Filippo Sanjust

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Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

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A production of genuine merit, says Rupert Christiansen

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English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade Prom

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English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade PromCalling Facade: an Entertainment the creation of William Walton is a bit unfair. The music in the piece comes primarily from Edith Sitwell’s bizarre texts where meaning is subservient to the strange syntax and rhythms of the spoken word.  In this version of Facade, Walton’s contribution serves as understated background   Everything in Facade predicates on the text, which isn’t illustrated like song, and not even sung or spoken in a normal way, but in a kind of English Sprechstimme…

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Magda Olivero 1910-2014

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Magda Olivero 1910-2014La Cieca has just received confirmation from La Scala’s Twitter of the sad news that the legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.  She was 104.
Courtesy of Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin, here is Olivero’s final Met performance. She was 69 years old at the time this was recorded…

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Classical music: the hottest tickets for autumn 2014The Anna Nicole Smith opera revived, an orchestra without a conductor and Placido Domingos return to the Royal Opera HouseAutumn arts preview 2014Anna Nicole Continue reading…

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Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ is breaking hearts once again in the powerful production with which Opera San Jose has opened its 31st season. Sunday’s performance at the California Theatre featured several outstanding voices in leading roles, including that of baritone Evan Brummel as Rigoletto, the mocking and mocked court jester in 16th-century Mantua, Italy…

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I thought I knew Bach’s St Matthew Passion. I also thought I knew this ‘ritualisation’ by Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, having seen the DVD numerous times…

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Arts | Concerts: A Conductor Promotes Risk-Taking in Music ProgramsToshiyuki Shimada seeks to redefine the boundaries of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

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Julius Rudel – obituary

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Conductor who fled Nazi-occupied Vienna and presented 19 world premieres with New York City Opera

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Magda Olivero, Frenzy-Inspiring Soprano, Dies at 104Miss Olivero inspired deep devotion, as well as bootleg recordings and thundering ovations.

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