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Ain Anger Sings Mussorgsky with Cavernous Authority + MORE

Dean, Mussorgsky, Beethoven: Ain Anger (bass), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Olari Elts (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 7.4.2016. (SRT) Dean: Testament Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (arr. James Ledger) Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Olari Elts is a regular collaborator with the Scottish Cha.... More »
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A Gig Of Last Resort? Part 1 + MORE

There’s an interesting article by Tim Smith in the 3/8/2015 edition of the Baltimore Sun that examines the unusual decision by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians to engage the services of a public relations firm. Although hiring a PR firm isn’t unusual in and of itsel.... More »
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L’Orontea, Frankfurt Opera — review + MORE

Slapstick, myth and contemporary mayhem meet in a challenging 17th-century comedy.... More »
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A journey down the Rhine with 24 women's voices, four horns and harp + MORE

Rheinmädchen Wagner, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert; Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 27 2016 Star rating: 4.0Magical sounds conjured from this journey down the Rhine with 24 women's voices, four horns and harpThis charming new disc Rhinemaidens .... More »
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Young American pianist in UK debut with David Matthew's Piano Concerto + MORE

Thomas Nickell - photo Stephen SullivanDavid Matthews' Piano Concerto receives its first London performance on 16 July 2016 when the 17-year-old American pianist Thomas Nickell (read my interview with Thomas) makes his UK debut performing the concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan, conductor David .... More »

Carl Nielsen semi-final result

– briandickie.typepad.com

Carl Nielsen semi-final resultLate night news – the three contestants who qualified this evening for the finals are:
Yukie Ota – the now world famous Butterfly girl from Japan by way of Chicago
Sébastian Jacot – a Swiss flautist from Geneva
Yaeram Park – an eighteen year old young woman from South Korea, studying in Paris
Tomorrow evening each will play the first movemment of one of the Mozart Flute concertos, and the Carl Nielsen Flute concerto, in its entirety of course…

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On stage, the 100 or so musicians of the TSO still basked in the afterglow of their summer tour of Europe that took them from Austria to Iceland

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Listen like a pirate day

– parterre.com

Listen like a pirate dayIn honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to share reminiscences (and, where applicable, YouTube clips) of your favorite pirate recordings. These need not necessarily include the appearance of Maria Callas.
To begin with, few live opera recordings can surpass the legendary 1959 Adriana Lecouvreur with the late Magda Olivero heading the cast, a document that is currently available as a free download from our friends at Opera Depot.

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Music Review: Eighth Blackbird Performs ‘Colombine’s Paradise Theater’The Miller Theater opened its new season on Thursday with a diverse program, including “Colombine’s Paradise Theater,” a fantasia featuring the new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

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A violist's-eye view of the orchestra

– minnesota.publicradio.org

In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.

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Arts: Looking Back to Gain a Fresh PerspectiveA musical confrontation with his past has changed Wayne Escoffery, a tenor saxophonist from New Haven, according to those who know him well.

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Opera Holland Park 2015

– www.planethugill.com

Opera Holland Park 2015Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre at Opera Holland Park in 2007photo Alastair MuirThe good news is that Opera Holland Park is reviving its 2007 production of Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re in 2015. Having wowed everyone in last year’s Wolf-Ferrari rarity, Natalya Romaniw is returning in the Montemezzi. Montemezzi’s opera had its premiere in 1913 and its success launched Montemezzi’s career but the failure of his next opera La nave turned him away from operatic composition…

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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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Britain's killing talent, warns Dame KiriVeteran soprano attacks ‘homogenised’ televised opera and live cinema screenings, talent shows and UK visa system that locks out stars of tomorrowOne of the world’s greatest opera stars has made an impassioned plea for Britain to stop blocking the flow of young singers into opera houses so that the top quality talents of the future can flower…

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Sara Duchovany performed the role of Blonde wearing an out-of-this-world two-piece suit in a Southern Illinois Music Festival production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.

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Sophistry

– parterre.com

SophistryOn this day in 451 AD, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, halting the Hun invasion of Roman Gaul.

Born on this day in 1807 librettist Giovanni Ruffini

Born on this day in 1832 composer Johann Joseph Abert

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How much emotion should a performer give? Our psychotherapist reflectsDr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and symphony buff, has been thinking about the level of emotion it is possible to communicate from the stage without becoming over-emotional. Your weekend reading begins here.

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Oompah! What a Wagner singer does on her off days

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Oompah! What a Wagner singer does on her off daysMeet Hanna Wollschläger, a Berlin-based big-voiced soprano who dies as much Wagner as she can get, but there’s never enough to go around.
So between times, she’s Gusti. Just Gusti

Are there any who like to have an Oktoberfest Evening ?
Invite me ! Love to come and sing for you.
 
 

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