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Masterly, Penetrating Schubert from the Takács Quartet + MORE

 Schubert: Takács Quartet [Edward Dusinberre & Károly Schranz (violins), Geraldine Walther (viola), András Féjer (cello)], Wigmore Hall London, 31. 1.2015 (CS) String Quartet Movement in C minor D.703 String Quartet in A Minor D.804 ‘Rosamunde’ String Quartet in D Minor D.810 ‘De.... More »

French song in Wandsworth + MORE

The National Opera Studio just down the road from me in Wandsworth - well a 15-20 minute bus ride door to door.  So its relative distance from central London is not an issue for me.  But for others it is - nevertheless there was a splendid turn out in Wandsworth yesterday evening for an ex.... More »

Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano in conversation and concert in Rome + MORE

Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano celebrated Mozart’s 261st birthday with a concert in Rome. Pappano was conducting his orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the Parco della Musica auditorium, which is Bartoli’s choice venue on the few occasions when she sings in .... More »
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Ebben sia pure… anch’io son tal + MORE

On this day in 1933, soprano Caterina Jarboro performed the title role of Aida at the New York Hippodrome, the first African-American artist to sing a prima donna opera role in the United States.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1K05vTnCy8 Born on this day in 1796 librettist, poet and politicia.... More »

Biz news: Masur’s aide signs Masur’s pupil + MORE

Stefana Atlas, whom many knew at the right hand of the late Kurt Masur, has set up her own New York agency inside faltering CAMI. Her first signing, announced today, is the Singaporean conductor Kachun Wong, winner of this year’s Mahler Competition in Bamberg. Wong started out as a Kurt Masur .... More »

Tosca: ne voglio altra mercede

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Tosca: ne voglio altra mercedeBudapest's opera house, central stairThe Hungarian State Opera is a beautiful house. "I don't say it is nicer than Vienna's," said the woman who ran the pension where I stayed, "but it is at least as beautiful, and more gemütlich." A businessman from Hannover with whom I got chatting at the interval raved about it as one of Europe's loveliest and most opulent opera houses…

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Opera quest for novelty? Hardening the arteries of the soulIs opera a quest for novelty? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…

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5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)

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5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)On April 30, Seattle-based composer Nat Evans stepped onto the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning a summer musical residency. His project, “The Tortoise and His Raincoat: Music for a Very Long Walk”, spans five months and 2600 miles, following the Pacific Crest Trail as it winds from the Mexican border in California to the northernmost region of Washington State…

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DetroitNews.com: 'Farrakhan will perform with Toppin and pianist Akye Agus in Hailstork’s “Who Is Sylvia?” Honoring Sylvia Olden Lee on Sunday, May 18The Detroit News: Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, will play violin on ‘Who Is Sylvia?,’ among other works. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)Sylvia Olden LeeKimwana DonerThe Detroit NewsMichael H. HodgesDetroit News Fine Arts WriterMay 15, 2014Who knew Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan was an accomplished violinist?But there you have it — the Chicago-based minister will bring his considerable talents to the Charles H…

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By Nathan Cole: Watching Josh Bell play Sibelius Concerto in rehearsal with the LA Philharmonic today, from my usual seat two feet behind his back, I remembered a statement I’ve heard many times: “You know, most soloists wouldn’t get past the first round of a section audition.” This is one of those statements where truth is less important than intent…

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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes; A Padmore Cycle review   beautifully tailored bespoke songsPadmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher’s songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert’s great song cycles. But if Larcher’s settings, which are beautifully tailored to the colour, clarity and expressive strengths of Padmore’s voice, evoke any specific 19th-century song composer it is Schumann…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Daniel Nass, who’s written about the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Zeitgeist for our site, is also a composer. Daniel shared some information with us about an exciting series of events he’s involved in.

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Sergio A. Mims: TheArtsDesk.com: '10 Questions for Soprano Pretty Yende'Pretty Yende (Kim Fox)Sergio A. Mims sends this link:TheArtsDesk.comA wise, vivacious young singer on the journey from South Africa to La Scala and the Metby David Nice  Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Everyone who heard it must have been charmed by South African soprano Pretty Yende’s Radio 4 chat in which she recounted what hooked her on opera…

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Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain, NMC review

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Harrison Birtwistle - Gawain, NMC reviewNew from NMC, a reissue of the recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Gawain, being performed live at the Barbican toorrow, part of the Birtwistle at 80 celebrations. This was recoirded live by BBC Radio 3 on 20 April 1994 at the Royal Opera House. Elgar Howarth conducted. Soloists included a very young Omar Ebrahim and John Tomlinson, like Birtwitstle an Elder Statesmen of British music…

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When you enter the small sitting room in André Previn’s Upper East Side apartment, the cluttered space resembles a virtual survey exhibition of the 85-year-old composer’s far-flung career and personal life. In plain sight on a table in the back were his four Academy Award statuettes — the…

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Pereira can stay for one season at La Scala: Salburg/Scala letters are published
Letter from Pereira to Salzburg confirming that La Scala will buy their production of Falstaff.

Milan Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, who is head of the Board of Directors at La Scala, announced today that they were offering Alexander Pereira only a year’s contract as sovrintendente of Milan’s Opera House…

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There are no winners in suburbanized classical music Latest UK radio audience figures released today graphically illustrate that there are no winners in suburbanized classical music. RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2014 show BBC Radio 3 continuing to lose audience, with listeners down 3.5% on the same quarter the previous year*. Classic FM’s audience decline was sharper: down 5…

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