Rameau's Zaïs: OAE/Jonathan Williams review + MORE


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Così fan tutte, English National Opera, 22 May 2014 + MORE

Coliseum Fiordiligi – Kate ValentineDorabella – Christine RiceGuglielmo – Marcus FarnsworthFerrando – Randall BillsDespina – Mary BevanDon Alfonso – Roderick WilliamsPhelim McDermott (director)Tom Pye (set designs)Laura Hopkins (costumes)Paule Constable (lighting)Chorus of the English .... More »

What about Callas? Comparing Generations of Opera Singers + MORE

I may regret engaging with one of the opera world's most inflammatory questions, but it is one that has been nagging at my consciousness with increasing frequency -- and increasing insistence -- as I spend longer as an opera audience member. It is this: how do, or ought to, opera audiences disc.... More »

Breaking: Music director is in coma after heart attack during rehearsal + MORE

We hear from Verona that Julian Kovatchev, music director in Lucca, collapsed with a heart attack last night during a rehearsal at the Arena. An emergency team administered CPR and intubated the maestro on the stage before rushing him to hospital, where he lies in an induced coma. Kovatchev, 55, a .... More »
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Met Opera: Anna Bolena + MORE

Join us Saturday at noon for a broadcast of 'Anna Bolena', live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Anne Boleyn, Ildar Abdrazakov as King Henry VIII, and Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour..... More »

We gotta go + MORE

On this day in in 1963, the Kingsmen released “Louie, Louie,” later the subject of a two-year investigation by the FBI on the charge of obscenity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL20vPIXs-A Born on this day in 1898 soprano and actress Odette Florelle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H.... More »
Mike Leigh is to make his debut as an opera director in 2015 with Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance for the English National Opera.

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RE:naissance 2014

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RE:naissance 2014Matthew SharpFrom 1 May to 3 May 2014 at King’s Place there are a series of events under the umbrella RE:naissance 2014 curated by Matthew Sharp. Cellist, bass-baritone and actor, Sharp is a remarkable virtuoso and the mini-festival at King’s Place celebrates this with a whole variety of events. On 1 May there is O Fool, I shall go mad with songs by Strauss and Rautavaara, plus Strauss’s melodrama Das Schloss am Meere in which Sharp is joined by other members of his family…

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ENO turns to musicals

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ENO announces its 2014-15 season this morning. Gently buried within is the information that they are going to do… musicals. They have a new partnership with Michael Grade and Michael Linnit to this end.The latter two say:”We are delighted with this unique and exciting partnership, which creates an opportunity to embrace the new climate where audiences seem to enjoy the blurring of boundaries between opera, theatre and musicals and clearly they love a first class show…

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More Rhetoric In The Met’s War Of Words

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More Rhetoric In The Met’s War Of Words

The 04/28/2014 edition of Deutsche Welle published an article featuring an interview with Metropolitan Opera (Met) General Manager, Peter Gelb. The interview was conducted by Gero Schliess and although not terribly long, it turns up the fire on an already heated labor dispute.
Gelb’s key talking points include:

The need for permanent cuts isn’t due to executive mismanagement…

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Rameau's Zaïs: OAE/Jonathan Williams  reviewQueen Elizabeth Hall, LondonA classy cast and some wonderfully idiomatic conducting brought Rameau’s exercise in pastoral to ravishing lifeFirst performed in Paris in 1748, Rameau’s Zaïs has not been heard complete in the UK until now. Its revival forms part of the Rameau Project, a collaboration between the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Oxford University, headed by the conductor-musicologist Jonathan Williams, which aims to re-examine the composer’s relatively neglected output and to produce new editions of a number of his scores…

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New figures released today show stronger financial results for English National Opera but, says Rupert Christiansen, its long-term health is still in jeopardy

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Akin Euba, Nigerian Composer, Ethnomusicologist & Professor Emeritus at University of Pittsburgh, Was Born April 28, 1935Dr. Akin EubaAkin Euba was born in Lagos, Nigeria on April 28, 1935. His life and works are honored on the Akin Euba page at AfriClassical.com, which features a Works List and Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Prof. Euba’s retirement celebration took place on March 15, 2011…

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Ensemble. Passage from Anger

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Andrea Molino’s Qui non c’è perché impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

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Lending new meaning to "high notes"

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With an eye to reaching new and diverse audiences, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced a series of performances sponsored by the cannabis industry.

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Christopher Rouse’s Requiem at Carnegie HallOn May 5, Carnegie Hall launches the fourth and final season of its Spring for Music festival with a massive staging of Requiem, a work commissioned by the international sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria from the Pulitzer Prize-winning current composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse…

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Schulhoff Trumps Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky Trumps All

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 Schulhoff, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Mark Inouye (trumpet), San Francisco Symphony, James Conlon (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, 24.4.2014  (HS) Schulhoff: Symphony No. 5, “Allegro con brio” Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No…

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Mr. Leigh will make his operatic directing debut next season, and Peter Sellars will direct Purcell’s “The Indian Queen” and John Adams’s oratorio “The Gospel According to the Other Mary.”

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What does it mean to write about classical music when you’re not classically trained?

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