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Wexford + MORE

Wexford Quay I am back in Wexford for the first time in three years - back in a place which has so many happy memories having been Festival director here for seven years 1967-73.  Of course the place has changed enormously over the years, most importantly in the building of the magnificent new.... More »
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Richard Strauss festival names Fassbaender’s successor + MORE

The German conductor Alexander Liebreich will take over as intendant of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 2018, it was announced today. He succeeds Brigitte Fassbaender who first put the festival on the map.     .... More »
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Superb Beethoven Relayed through the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker + MORE

  Beethoven: Isabelle Faust (violin); Berliner Philharmoniker/Bernard Haitink (conductor), Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker – Live Broadcast to European Cinemas – New Park Cinema, Chichester, 6.3.2015 (MMB) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61 Symphony No. 6 i.... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (December 12 – December 18, 2016) + MORE

Will Mason Quartet Composer and drummer Will Mason debuts new compositions for a new quartet featuring Ned Rothenberg, Kris Davis,.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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From the classical archive September 1963: Michael Roll wins the first ever Leeds Piano Competition + MORE

23 September 1963: The Guardian reports on the final of the first Leeds Pianoforte Competition, won by a local boy and, at 17, the youngest of all 94 competitorsDelight was exceeded only by surprise in Leeds at the victory in the International Piano Competition of a local boy, Michael Roll, who, at .... More »
Romina Basso: Lamento review  breathtakingly expressiveBasso/Latinitas Nostra/Chryssicos(Naïve)Romina Basso’s new album examines the 17th-century Italian lamento, a chamber cantata on an ostensibly tragic subject that is capable of embracing wider territory than a formal outpouring of grief. The prototype was Monteverdi’s psychological work Lamento d’Arianna, drawn from a now lost opera of 1608…

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A critical guide to classical music performances in the New York City area.

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Finta at Glyndebourne at last……

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The production of La finta giardiniera, which opens at Glyndebourne this weekend, is the first time the company has produced this youthful work of its resident composer Mozart.  However the opera has been seen there before presented in English by Opera North!

I first heard Finta in Wexford in 1965…

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Another Georgian artist with gender issues

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Another Georgian artist with gender issuesThe pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, who has captured the attention before with the abundance of her natural assets, has been sounding off in Vienna about what makes her such a natural artist. She has a Sony album coming out, titled Motherland. A provocative video has been removed from Youtube.
Here’s what she says:

 
photo (c) Julia Wesley, 2012
Earth and woman are, for me, symbols of fertility and creativity…

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Regional Spotlight: Anthony Dean Griffey

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Copland's Old American Songs get a spectacular performance with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Rigoletto review  claustrophobic drama about a broken court jesterJoan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseOpera Australia’s traditional rendition of the Verdi opera has the audience humming its famous tunes and eating out of Emma Matthews’ hand It is a blustery Sydney night as Opera Australias winter season descends upon us with a strong, traditional rendition of Verdis Rigoletto…

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Ariadne auf Naxos – Royal Opera House

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Ariadne auf Naxos - Royal Opera HouseKarita Mattila’s presence guaranteed success for Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House. Strauss was a pragmatic man of the theatre, who knew how a Big Name could win audiences. Mattila delivered. Her presence was commanding – every inch the glamour queen the primadonna is meant to be. She had the grand gestures and right amount of theatrical excess…

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Listen Now: Seattle Opera's Mid 70's Ring CycleWalkures from Seattle’s 1975 RingMade available, kindly, by Seattle Opera. There is also an interview with Joan Herald, who performed as Ortlinde in 1973’s Settle Opera’s 1973 Walkure to be found by clicking hereWhen Seattle Opera first began presenting Wagner’s RING, in the mid-1970s, the cycle was done twice each summer–once in the original German, once in Andrew Porter’s English singing translation…

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The ensemble’s small-scale performances made a big impression, with a give-and-take between musicians that was almost conversational

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Following his 2013 opera Emily, composer Tim Benjamin is back this August with Madame X, an operatic exploration of the darker side of the art world featuring the young lovers Masetto and Zerlina, Masetto’s agent, and wealthy collectors. We asked 5 questions to Benjamin. I find it curious that your two lovers are named Masetto and Zerlina, ostensibly after the pair in Don […

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Handel – Siroe

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Handel - Siroe Handel Siroe; Yosemeh Adjei, Anna Dennis, Aleksandra Zamojska, Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; Accent Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lovely dramatic feel to Handel’s rarely done 1728 operaHandel’s 1728 opera Siroe has not, so far, done well on disc so this new recording on the Accent label is most welcome…

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Royal Opera House half price

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Just in case your appetite for Covent Garden's La bohème is not fully sated, Travelzoo have a half price ticket offer for July performances.
Stalls seats for matinee shows are 'only' £95 (a saving of up to 50%) with the code tzooboheme (case sensitive). Dates applicable are Sunday 13 July (12pm) and Saturday 19 July (2pm)…

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