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American Opera Initiative: Snoozy 'Better Gods' + MORE

Rexford Tester (Lorrin Thurston), Timothy J. Bruno (Judge Albert Judd), Daryl Freedman (Queen Liliʻuokalani), Ariana Wehr (Kahua), and Hunter Enoch (James Miller) in Better Gods (photo by Scott Suchman for Washington National Opera) Many Americans likely do not know the ugly details of how Hawaii b.... More »
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Best Recordings of 2007 / These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: II - Concerto + MORE

For 2007 I wrote something similar to the "Best Recordings" list for WETA's long-defunct blog, naming it: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things", which ended up being divided into eleven parts: I - Crossover II - Concerto III - DVD IV - Keyboard V - Choral/Vocal VI - Orchestral.... More »
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Faramondo review – mafiosi blaze a trail through Handel's hellhole + MORE

Britten theatre, Royal College of Music, LondonOvertones of The Godfather lurk around every corner of William Relton’s cool and clever staging of Handel’s problematic piece, which is exquisitely sungFirst performed in 1738, Faramondo has long been regarded as one of Handel’s problem pieces. Wr.... More »
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Ensemble. Crisp and Assured + MORE

Handel's 'Messiah' in Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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National orchestra boss is sacked after 10 months + MORE

The national orchestra of Belgium has shown artistic director Jozef de Witte a quick route to the door. The media have been informed of irreconcilable differences.  De Witte, a political appointee, had no recent orchestral experience. For the past 11 years he had been running an anti-racism organi.... More »
The subject was RosenkavalierLa Cieca looks forward to seeing (in the virtual sense) all her cher public bright and early tomorrow morning for the webcast of the controversial production of Der Rosenkavalier from Glyndebourne. It starts at 11:30 AM EDT and naturally La Casa della Cieca will be open for brunch and chat.
More Strauss-related news follows the jump…

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As pianist Moran approached the end of his second season as a resident artistic director with SFJazz, he gave a duet performance with saxophonist Lloyd, one of his mentors. Their recital was luxurious with ballads, beginning with Billy Strayhorn’s ‘The Star-Crossed Lovers,’ which Lloyd introduced with a sensual flourish that felt like feathers brushing across skin…

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A Night at the Opera

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…Falstaff, which I like more and more and not just because I’m well into my own falstaffian age and figure. Verdi just does astonishing things with continuity (particularly of harmony and orchestration (if you want to explore how weird and wonderful Verdi’s harmonic practice is here, let me recommend Ernő Lendvai’s deep and eccentric Verdi and Wagner (Bartok and the 19th Century), Volume 1, which is almost entirely about Falstaff (I don’t know if there was ever a Volume 2, btw, but Volume 1 has a prominent place on my short shelf of harmony books restoring the so-called half diminished seventh to its proper role in harmonic practice, from Bach and Mozart, through Wagner and Verdi, and onward) and, as for orchestration, let me point two things out: the use of the guitar and natural horn and the use of Nanetta’s soprano as a component in an essentially instrumental texture), almost nothing is ever rhythmically where you’d expect it, and the way Verdi moves by misdirection through all of the comic turns, from the sentimental to the droll and from  to farce is just dazzling…

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Lawrence Brownlee - Virtuoso Rossini arias Virtuoso Rossini Arias: Lawrence Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian: Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0Bravura showcase of Rossini tenor ariasLawrence Brownlee’s new disc on Delos, with Constantine Orbelian and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra is an exploration of Rossini’s operatic tenor arias with solos from comic operas La gazza ladra, L’occasione fa il ladro, Il Turco in Italia and Le Comte Ory, and serious operas Semiramide, Otello, La donna del lago and Zelmira…

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Watch Glyndebourne's Der Rosenkavalier Free - Sunday June 8 at 4.30pmTime above is BST. You can watch it either at Glyndebourne’s Website by CLICKING HERE or at the Telegraph by CLICKING HERE.Conductor Robin TicciatiDirector Richard Jones Set Designer Paul SteinbergCostume Designer Nicky GillibrandMovement Director Sarah FahieLighting Designer Mimi Jordan SherinCastThe Marschallin Kate Royal Octavian Tara ErraughtBaron Ochs auf Lerchenau Lars WoldtSophie Teodora Gheorghiu Herr von Faninal Michael KrausMarianne Leitmetzerin Miranda KeysValzacchi Christopher Gillett Annina Helene SchneidermanNotary Gwynne Howell Italian Singer Andrej Dunaev Innkeeper Robert WörlePolice Commissioner Scott Conner London Philharmonic OrchestraThe Glyndebourne Chorus

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Cast of homeless people wows opera snobs during two-week residency in Covent Garden
Sir George Young, the Tory MP who once said the homeless were “the people you step over coming out of the Opera House”, could not have been more wrong.

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Benvenuto Cellini; La fanciulla del West  reviewColiseum; Opera Holland Park, LondonBerlioz’s fizzing score takes off as Terry Gilliam lets rip with the extravagant Benvenuto CelliniFlame-throwers threw, tumblers tumbled, gigantic carnival masks mocked and leered; crowds waved mops and feather dusters, stilt-walkers and jugglers reeled and tweaked and twirled until golden rain showered from the rafters of the Coliseum and the earth moved…

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Mahler is not the only food on the table

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Mahler is not the only food on the table In that photo taken at the Vienna villa of the artist Carl Moll, probably in 1905, the guests at the al fresco dinner are, left to right, Max Reinhardt, Gustav Mahler, Moll and Hans Pfitzner. In response to my post Audience whoring is the blight of classical music, Lauri’s List tweets “Hear hear! Mahler is great, but not the only food on the table…

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Breaking: The Hartford Wagner Festival Release A StatementIn what is perhaps,  a response to what some might describe as extraordinarily juvenile behavior,  on their Facebook page  The Hartford Wagner Festival have released the following clarification:”This project of presenting “Das Rheingold” was originally conceived to use a digital orchestra and was never intended to use a live orchestra…

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Comment on June 2 posts on William Grant Still's 'Highway 1, USA' & Noel Pointer Foundation Event: Information is appreciated but more notice is needed[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensiveWorks List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com)On Monday, June 2, 2014 AfriClassical published two posts:Noel Pointer Foundation: 10-Year-Old Pianist Zachary Sanchez Shares Stage with Borough President Eric Adams 6:30 PM Wednesday at B…

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Just in: Barcelona lands major-league manager

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Just in: Barcelona lands major-league managerThe long-unsettled Liceu opera house in Barcelona is thinking big. Having lost its stabilising chief Joan Matabosch to Madrid, it has swooped in the close season for Christina Scheppelmann, director general of the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.
Scheppelmann was previously director of artistic operations at the National Opera in Washington DC, effectively artistic director in the perpetual absence of its nominal chief, Placido Domingo…

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Texas Wind Ensemble premieres at Cadogan HallThe University of Texas Wind Ensemble is touring at the moment and conducted by Jerry Junkin they will be performing at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 8 June 2014. The ensemble has been commissioning new music since 1988 and has given world premiere performances by John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, Dan Welcher and John McKay…

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Prokofiev’s ‘The Love of Three Oranges’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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