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How to be good? Getting to grips with Billy Budd + MORE

Baritone Roderick Williams is rehearsing the role of Billy Budd in Britten’s opera. He’s more used to playing villains – so how is he breathing life into ‘an angel’? “Much good has been shown me, and much evil, and the good has never been perfect …”So says Captain Edward Fairfax Vere.... More »
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Podcast: Halvorsen, Nielsen, Svensen, Kraggerud. Scandinavian violin masters. (Feb 03, 2017) + MORE

Henning Kraggerud, the soloist on this new recording of works for violin and orchestra, is delighted to be able to introduce Halvorsen’s Violin Concerto to a patient public. It was long thought to have been lost: “Ever since I was a little boy I have lamented the tragic los.... More »
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The finest Fidelio there ever was…. + MORE

We introduced you a while back to the overture of Klaus Tennstedt’s inimitable January 1984 performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, an alert reader, Jürgen Irps, has come up with the complete radio broadcast of the opera. Save it, treasure it, share it. .... More »
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Journey to the center of the mirth + MORE

From 2008, Unnatural Acts of Opera recalls 1988, when Rossini’s Il viaggo a Reims invaded the Wiener Staatoper.  Corinna: Cecilia Gasdia Marchesa Melibea: Lucia Valentini-Terrani Contessa di Folleville: Lella Cuberli Madama Cortese: Montserrat Caballe Cavalier Belfiore: Frank Lopardo Conte di.... More »
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Denève Returns to Scotland to Premiere MacMillan’s Death of Oscar + MORE

Debussy, MacMillan, Ravel, Strauss: Steven Osborne (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 8.4.2016. (SRT) Debussy: Marche écossaise MacMillan: The Death of Oscar (UK premiere) Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; La Valse Strauss: Death.... More »
Gus Christie and Danielle de Niese are the glamorous couple about to take up their annual place at the helm of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival

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‘After Mahler, the most important conductor….’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

‘After Mahler, the most important conductor….’… was Richard Strauss, claims the Wienocentric  Wilhelm Sinkovicz in (click) Die Presse. Not, we think, a defensible claim. Your views?  

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Colorado Symphony's Cannabis Concerts

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Ahaha: The Colorado Symphony is attempting to hold some bring-your-own-dope fund-raising concerts, which they are calling “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series,” which has evidently made them the butt of many jokes.Okay, remember, with a series name like that, they want to be laughed at. And I did…

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Orchestral Music as Paradox

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

A brilliant composer friend of mine recently had a reading of a piece done by a major orchestra. All the other composers, she said, and the orchestra management, went around talking about how the orchestra desperately needs to come up with new ideas, so they can build up a new audience. Her piece was very […]

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Two takes on Cinderella: Disney versus Rossini

– minnesota.publicradio.org

What would be left of the Cinderella story if you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother? Classical MPR's Rex Levang and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato point out some differences. 'La Cenerentola' airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.

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Miscellany

– briandickie.typepad.com

There is not a lot on now I am back from Germany – just odds and ends.
It was a treat yesterday evening to have dinner at the Garrick with a good friend from Chicago, the economist Adolfo Laurenti. Adolfo comes from Bergamo, the birthplace of Donizetti.  He is a passionate opera lover and was a cheeful supporter and enthusiastic audience member for all my time in Chicago…

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Apple's $3.2 billion wake up call to classical music Today’s announcement of the possible $3.2 bn takeover of Beats Electronics by Apple underlines the hegemony of headphone listening. As well as operating a highly successful music streaming service, Beats controls a third of the total $1.8bn headphone market and 60 per cent of the high-end market. It may be difficult for purists – and that includes me – to accept; but if classical music really wants to reach a younger demographic where headphone listening is the norm, it must make live music more up close and personal…

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In Focus: Tarik O’Regan

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Charles T. Downey, Washington Chorus performs work of British composer Tarik O’Regan to admirable effect
Washington Post, May 10, 2014

T. O’Regan, Scattered Rhymes (inter alia), Orlando Consort, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, P. Hillier (Harmonia Mundi, 2008)
When Julian Wachner took over the Washington Chorus, he introduced more contemporary music into the ensemble’s often staid

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Thebans; Brett Dean UK premiere/Britten Sinfonia  reviewColiseum; Wigmore Hall, LondonLyrical, direct and brilliantly performed, Julian Anderson’s debut opera, Thebans, also makes short work of SophoclesFreud spent thousands of words analysing the problem of Oedipus. Frank McGuinness has summed it up in seven: "Husband and wife are mother and son." Read and recoil…

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The Moscow Virtuosi On Tour

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Piazzolla: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov, conductor, Chan Centre, Vancouver, 6.5.2014 (GN) Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K.138 Tchaikovsky, Serenade in C major, Op. 48 Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op.11 Two Pieces for String Quartet (1931) Piazzolla: History of the Tango (1986) It is exceedingly rare for a […]

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Hidden From the Opera’s Crowd Is a Human Safety NetFrom a small box poking up onto the Met’s stage, Donna Racik helps performers with their lines and pitch, and occasionally even whole songs.

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All you ever wanted to know about The RingDivas and Scholars’ History of Opera Champagne Evenings continue next week with Richard Peirson talking about Wagner’s Ring Cycle. On 13 May Peirson is joined by soprano Rachel Nicholls to provide sung excerpts from the Cycle. Divas and Scholars address another 19th century landmark on 11 June, when Sandy Burnett talks about Bizet’s Carmen with Sophie Goldrick and Christian Dawson providing the musical excerpts…

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Concerto Caledonia uncovers Captain Tobias Hume’s musical treasure trove

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