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Figaro up close and personal + MORE

Opera Up Close returns with a new small scale production, what is promised to be a lively updating of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Directed by Sarah Tipple the new production has just started a run at the King's Head in Islington which goes on into November. The production will be sung in a new .... More »

Hanns Eisler Deutsche Sinfonie : Anti Fascist Cantata + MORE

On Sunday, Fabio Luisi conducts Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Barbican. Why "A" German Requiem as opposed to "the" or just plain "German Requiem"? Lots of reasons. An opportune time to consider another "German Requiem", Hanns Eisler's Deutsche Sinfonie  "an Anti-Fascist Cantata", eff.... More »
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BMOP Records Thomson and Premieres Sanford + MORE

Virgil Thomson – Gertrude Stein Four Saints in Three Acts; Capital Capitals   Charles Blandy, tenor; Simon Dyer, bass; Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Andrew Garland, baritone; Tom McNichols, bass; Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Deborah Selig, soprano; Sumner .... More »

Angelika Kirchschlager at Temple Song + MORE

Angelika Kirchschlager © Nikolaus KarlinskyAustrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager divides her time between the recital room and the opera house. Appearances in London have included Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Sophie's Choice and Melisande at the Royal Opera House, as well as a rec.... More »
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 166: Aisslinn Nosky, Itzhak Perlman, Anne Akiko Meyers + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Aisslinn Nosky performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Handel and Haydn Society.Boston Globe: "Watching c.... More »

Sophie of the moment

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)(Heritage)Never Sing Louder than Lovely was the apt title of the memoirs of the much-loved soprano Isobel Baillie (1895-1983). This new compilation demonstrates perfectly that special quality of her voice: a pearly, clarion tone with a shining vibrato that did not preclude real focus…

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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performanceGwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss’s Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss’s Elektra that we heard was the standard one, the one you (nearly) always hear in the opera house…

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I’ve said for a long time that we need to know second-string composers to understand the context in which the first-string composers worked. The New Esterhazy String Quartet, which I wrote about a couple of months ago, offers a fascinating opportunity to hear such a composer, with an upcoming program that will include a quartet by Ignaz Pleyel, who was a composer as well as a renowned piano maker…

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H. von Herzogenberg, Requiem / Totenfeier, F. Bobe, B. Bräckelmann, Monteverdichor Würzburg, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, M. Beckert
(released on July 8, 2014)
cpo 777755-2 | 102’52"

H. von Herzogenberg, Sacred Choral Music (a cappella), Ensemble Cantissimo, M. Utz
(released on June 10, 2014)
Carus 83…

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New York’s newest operas: Porn and transgender

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New York’s newest operas: Porn and transgenderGordon Beeferman’s The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera is a send up of the flesh trade.
Laura Kaminsky’s opera “As One is a close examination of cross-gender line.
First reviews here and here.

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Vienna State Opera rocked as maestro picks up his baton and walks over 'artistic differences'
The resignation of its music director has left the Vienna State Opera in a state of discord just days after the start of the new season.

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San Francisco Opera opened its 92nd season with a new production of ‘Norma,’ the bel canto masterpiece by Bellini. In the starring role of Norma, the Druid high priestess, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky often dazzled but fell short at key moments in the opening performance at War Memorial Opera House. The most consistently marvelous singing came from mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, as Adalgisa, the young priestess, making her company debut…

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Berkeley Symphony’s 2014-15 season opens in a month, and as usual they have a fine balance of old, new, and commissions, with soloists including Jennifer Koh and Sasha Cooke. Here’s the orchestral season:Zellerbach Hall Concert SeriesSeason Opener: Program IThursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $15 to $74Performers Joana Carneiro, conductor Jennifer Koh, violinProgram Oscar Bettison: Sea Shaped (World Premiere Commission) Sibelius: Violin Concerto Elgar: Enigma VariationsProgram IIThursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 p…

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Deep opera at the Frontline

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Deep opera at the Frontline25 years of loyal service and, until recently, happy collegiality at the City Literary Institute are now to be followed by something partly different, partly the same. When relations with my line manager from Visual Arts (go figure, it’s a long and unedifying story) went sour, and in the bigger picture the institution betrayed its socialistic ideals by axing or severely cutting back on core courses for the deaf and unemployed, I decided enough was enough (chapter and verse in the now-open letter at the foot of the post)…

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We Break Strings Kickstarter campaign

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Earlier in the summer I was approached by the writer Thom Andrewes to be one of a number of interviewees for a new book on London’s alternative classical music scene, to be published to mark the 10th anniversary of Nonclassical. It was fun to do, and the book, called We Break Strings, includes some terrific photos by Dimitri … Continue reading →

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Proms 58 & 59  shattering, gut-wrenching StraussRoyal Albert Hall, LondonSopranos Nina Stemme and Christine Goerke are outstanding as Salome and Elektra in two highlights of the musical yearEver one to split opinion, Richard Strauss is abused as vulgar, retrograde and opportunistic, or praised as radical, sensitive and one of the most imaginative orchestrators of all time…

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Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to Chicago

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to ChicagoFascinating interview with the new Chicago Symphony prez by Andrew Patner in which Jeff lists all the mentors who lit his path to the Windy City. Read here.

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