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The Met says:Kirsten Chambers will make her Met debut in the title role of this evening’s performance of Strauss’s Salome, replacing Patricia Racette, who is ill.Ms. Chambers, an American soprano, has recently sung the Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka at Lyric Opera o.... More »
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Plane and simple + MORE

On this day in 1981 Barbara Walters asked Katharine Hepburn (not pictured) what kind of tree she would be.   Born on this day in 1857 composer Edward Elgar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUK3uu58wqY Born on this day in 1863 conductor Felix Weingartner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcIbaWbV3pI.... More »
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Rheingold with a Russian Flavour from Gergiev and Mariinsky Opera + MORE

Edinburgh International Festival 2016 (5) – Wagner: Das Rheingold (in concert), Mariinsky Opera/Valery Gergiev (conductor), Usher Hall, 15.8.2016 (SRT) Cast: Vitalij Kowaljow – Wotan Mikhail Vekua – Loge Ekaterina Semenchuk – Fricka Vladislav Sulimsky – Alberich Andrei Popo.... More »
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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Comes to New York + MORE

Its program at the 92nd Street Y will include new work by the composer George Tsontakis, and the pianist Jeremy Denk as a soloist..... More »
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Haunting Somme image at far north festival + MORE

How did they do that? The East Neuk Festival specialises in images in the sand. This one accompanied Memorial Ground by the American composer David Lang, premiered yesterday at Cambo Potato Barn by Theatre of Voices, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and singers from Fife choirs, conducted by Paul Hilli.... More »

Buxton Festival 2015

– www.planethugill.com

Buxton Festival 2015For the 2015, the Buxton Festival is returning to its roots. The first festival in 1979 opened with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Anthony Hose and directed by Malcolm Fraser (the festival’s founders); this was the first performance in the UK of the complete opera in the original keys. Lucia di Lammermoor returns in 2015, conducted by Stuart Stratford and directed by Stephen Unwin (who directed Dvorak’s Jacobin this year and Strauss’s Intermezzo in 2012)…

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VIDEO: Britain's Got Talent star Lucy Kay sings Nessum Dorma just for usSoprano Lucy Kay releases her debut album at the end of this month and performs her signature aria exclusively for Express.co.uk

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Bayerische Staatsoper Broadcast schedule

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Bayerische Staatsoper Broadcast scheduleAt the start of the Bayerische Staatsoper 2014-15 season,  dates for online broadcasts are announced. Leoš Janáček= The Makropoulos Case – 19 OctoberGiacomo Puccini –  Manon Lescaut 15th NovemberPetipa  (Ratmansky) – Pacquita – 13th DecemberDonizetti  –  Lucia Di Lammermoor – 5th January 2015Rossini — Le comte d’Ory – 12 AprilBallet by Richard Seigal – 18 AprilAlban Berg – Lulu – 25th MayDebussy – Pelléas et Mélisande – 28th JuneStrauss : Arabella – 25th July

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What is the sound of no audience clapping?Of the Akhmatova Requiem of 1979, I certainly thought when I wrote it, ‘this is the best of me’ (as Elgar said about The Dream of Gerontius). I do not think that now, but I still think it’s a key piece… The Akhmatova Requiem is extremely monumental in character. It lasts an hour, with soprano singing almost uninterruptedly throughout, with the exception of the bass solo intonings of Orthodox prayers for the dead…

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London Sinfonietta/Connolly/Collon review  spontaneous SchoenbergKings Place, LondonSarah Connolly showed subtly shaded colours in the Wood Doves Song from Gurrelieder, while Nicholas Collon brought out the expressive detail of the First Chamber SymphonyTowards the end of the extended applause that greeted this rare all-Schoenberg concert, the conductor held up his score and pointed to the composers name…

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Sounds crazy, no?

– parterre.com

Sounds crazy, no?“Possibly Grange Park Opera’s most ambitious production… Ever. The world superstar, Bryn Terfel, takes on the role of Reb Tevye, the milkman of a rural village in pre-revolutionary Russia.” [Grange Park Opera]

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Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Souffler les bougies : L'année RameauBlow out the candles. It’s Rameau’s 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them over and over…

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The secret lives of the Toronto Symphony OrchestraThere’s more to the members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra than music at Roy Thomson Hall. Read what they do on their day off.

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A Day at the Operas

– www.nytimes.com

We go backstage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as singers, musicians, wig makers, scenic artists and others race to be ready for the big season opening on Sept. 22.

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Swimming in Respighi, swaying to Wolf-FerrariIn fact the Respighi binge is past now, but I still ought to honour it. After Dutoit’s surely unrepeatable Proms feat of running Roman Festivals, Fountains and Pines together as a single second-half sequence, I reeled again from the surprising depth of the invention: quite apart from the superlative orchestration of Rimsky-Korsakov’s pupil, it strikes me more than ever as a question of feeling, not painting or picture-postcarding…

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Just In Case You Forgot How Deep Of A Public Perception Hole We’re In

If anyone ever wondered whether or not the orchestra field has a history of projecting an elitist image where the self-ordained curators of “greatest art” are comprised of a bunch of pompous asses, might I direct your attention to an article by Mariella Moon in the 9/17/2014 edition of endgadget…

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ENO: Otello

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ENO: OtelloBenjamin Britten, when seeing his Peter Grimes at La Scala, wrote with a touch of glee that performing the work in Italian made it sound like Otello. It’s interesting to wonder what Verdi would have made, then, of David Alden’s new staging of his penultimate opera at the Coliseum, performed, of course, in English…

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Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game.

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