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Breaking: Korean soprano pips Belgian favourite to Queen Elisabeth prize + MORE

The results are in. First is Sumi Hwang. Second Jodie Devos. Third. Sarah Laulan.   .... More »
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January 6: Sony Masterworks Announces "Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings" (10-CD Box Set) + MORE

Classic Kathleen Battle: A PortraitSonyKathleen Battle: www.kathleenbattle.comNew York, NY – Sony Classical is pleased to announce Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings, the reissue of nine of the legendary soprano's foremost achievements in the studio. Battle, w.... More »
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Evgeny Kissin, Barbican, London + MORE

There’s no questioning the Russian pianist’s virtuosity – but subtlety was in short supply in this performance of works by Schubert and Scriabin.... More »
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Afro-Cuban Composer & Violinist José White, born Dec. 31, 1835, wrote "La Bella Cubana," played by Fernando Muñoz (5:58) on YouTube + MORE

[José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856. Bibliothèque Nationale de France]Capricho LatinoRachel Barton Pine, violinEtude No. 6, Jose WhiteCedille Records CDR 90000 124 (20.... More »
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Making a splash with Der fliegende Holländer + MORE

Royal Opera House, 5 February 2015. ****(This is my review for The Independent, now online here.)Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta, with the chorus of ghost sailorsPhoto: Clive BardaBefore the opening night of Der fliegende Holländer some of the Royal Opera House Orchestra had already taken a soaking; ap.... More »
A concert by the Argento Chamber Ensemble featured works by contemporary American composers.

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The San Francisco ensemble brought freshness to a rarely heard George Crumb piece from 1966, as well as performing a memorable Reynold Tharp premiere

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Wagner Helps WNO Win RPS Music Award for Opera and Music TheatreWelsh National Opera have won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Opera and Music Theatre Award for their productions of Lulu, Lohengrin and Paul Bunyan in 2013. The criteria for RPS Opera and Music Theatre Award is for musical and artistic excellence of a production, company (large or small-scale) or individual…

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Critics attacked for describing Tara Erraught, who plays Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, as ‘dumpy’

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Singers, looks and art – who is Octavian ?

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Singers, looks and art - who is Octavian ?Grand furore about Octavian  at Glyndebourne’s Der Rosekavalier (read my review HERE).  At right, the first ever Octavian, Eva von der Osten, in 1911. Short, fat, dark and dumpy.  She got even more so as she grew older. Strauss thought she was fine. So what’s  all the fuss about  now?  Strauss didn’t describe what Octavian looked like…

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Stars of the opera world react angrily to a series of reviews criticising the weight of Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught.

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The Civic Orchestra-Ryan Opera Center joint concert Monday night was one of the most exciting of the season.

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A Positive Message About Change And Adversity

On 5/20/2014, Opera America (OA) published a statement about the San Diego Opera and related issues as they apply to the opera field. The statement acknowledges the difficulties opera organizations have been experiencing since the economic downturn but unlike similar efforts (remember Red Alert?) it conveys a meaningful upbeat message that doesn’t fall prey to self-deceiving, Pollyannaish nonsense…

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Gloria – A Pigtale purports to be a satirical parable but it is a total disaster, says Rupert Christiansen

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Just give me the fats

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Just give me the fats It goes without saying that any derogatory personal comment about a singer in a review is unacceptable. So I heartily endorse Norman Lebrecht’s outspoken Slipped Disc editorial declaring: ‘Fat should not be an issue in opera’, and all praise to BBC Radio 4’s flagship World at One programme for trying to engineer a confrontation between Norman and the ‘chubby critics’ on air today…

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Sir George Christie, 1934 – 2014

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Sir George Christie, 1934 - 2014Sadly MissedThe only son of Glyndebourne founders John Christie and Audrey Mildmay, Sir George Christie succeeded his father to become Chairman of Glyndebourne in 1958 when he was just 23. He held the position until 1999, during which time he and his wife Mary transformed his family business into the world-renowned opera house it is today…

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne’s 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. “My father loved Der Rosenkavalier”, said Gus Christie.”I think he would have likedthis production”, he added with a wink, “Though he would, as always, have had a lot to say about it”…

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