Bill Doggett: Russell ‘Thomas is the first Black Tenor to sing a Principal Tenor Role in recent years at San Francisco Opera’ + MORE

 

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Civic Center and San Francisco Opera + MORE

I just completed a survey from San Francisco Opera that arrived via the following email: Dear Ms. Hirsch, San Francisco Opera is committed to creating the best patron experience possible. Many opera patrons have told us it is a challenge getting to the War Memorial Opera House. We hope we can .... More »
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V!ola Day 2.0 + MORE

By Kate Little: P!ty the poor violinist who loves the sound of viola, but is too small to ever play the instrument. The next best thing she can do is hang out with violists, a glorious lot. Enter V!ola Day 2.0. V!ola Day, a production of the Utah Viola Society (rocking the alto clef in the beehive.... More »
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Michael Masser, Composer Who Wrote Hits for Whitney Houston, Dies at 74 + MORE

After leaving a career as a stockbroker, Mr. Masser wrote songs recorded by Ms. Houston, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and many other star vocalists..... More »
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Bach’s Olena gets flirty with tennis pro at beach + MORE

SHE’S still in the running to win Richie’s heart on The Bachelor. But do these flirty pics prove Olena is the next girl to be eliminated from the competition?.... More »
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Video Premiere: Chance the dog (the song) + MORE

Alright, I’ll just say it: I love percussion ensembles. From So Percussion, to Ensemble, et al., Yarn | Wire, Third.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
Sergio A. Mims: Among the standouts of new production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' by Lyric Opera of Chicago was baritone Michael Sumuel as MasettoMichael Sumuelimgartists.com/artist/michael_sumuelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vceEBYIYcB8#t=33Sergio A. Mims writes:Last night I saw a fantastic new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni kicking off the 60th season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago directed by The Goodman Theater’s Robert Falls and conducted by Sir Andrew DavisA fascinating new production set of 1930’s Spain with many original ideas and an excellent cast starring Mariusz Kweicien as Giovanni, Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira among others…

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Daniil Trifonov review  a hugely imaginative musical mindRoyal Festival Hall, LondonThe young Russian pianist played with refinement, unflinching precision and breathtaking clarityWe have heard enough of Daniil Trifonov in London over the past couple of years in recitals and concertos to know that, for once, piano-competition judges got things right, and that the winner of the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky prizes is the real deal…

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Ustvolskaya: Violin Sonata; Trio; Duet CD review  Kopatchinskaja projects sharply and ferociouslyKopatchinskaja/Hinterhäuser/BieriECMThough she produced music for official, public consumption, Galina Ustvolskayas reputation as one of the most tantalising and original of the post-Shostakovich generation of Soviet composers rests on just 21 pieces, composed between 1946 and 1990, most of which, because of their modernist tendencies, were scarcely, if ever, performed in her homeland until the 1990s…

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Opera: Robert Carsen’s Falstaff looms large in the (second) Elizabethan eraShakespeare’s roguish knight, as interpreted by Verdi, fits 1950s England perfectly, says the director of the Canadian Opera Company’s season opener.

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Bill Doggett: Russell 'Thomas is the first Black Tenor to sing a Principal Tenor Role in recent years at San Francisco Opera'Russell Thomaswww.russell-thomas.com Russell Thomas Photo credit: Bill Doggett Productions: signed insert and program by the three PrincipalsPRESS RELEASEOctober 1, 2014From: Bill Doggett ProductionsA critical moment in African American Opera history has occurred at San Francisco Opera…

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Louis Spohr – Die letzten Dinge

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Louis Spohr - Die letzten Dinge Louis Spohr Die letzten Dinge; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Ivor Bolton; Oehms Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rare outing for early Romantic oratorioThe German composer Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859) was a composer somewhat between eras. Two years older than Weber, his youth was the era of Classicism whilst his prime saw him the most important composer following the deaths of Beethoven and Weber…

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Dark nights: Turkey imposes Islamic dress code on State Opera and BalletFrom darkening Istanbul:
The new General Manager of the Turkish State Opera and Ballet, Selman Ada, has issued shocking new rules for the corps de ballet – ‘a set of rules applicable to all personnel.’
Here’s the code: ‘Athletic wear, sleeveless cotton, shorts, tights, stretch jeans, sandals, slippers, spike-heeled shoes, evening dresses and so on, shall not be worn on the premises…

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Day of the Trifonovs…

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Day of the Trifonovs...Thank you, PIANIST MAGAZINE, for this rather to-the-point image! Attention BIRMINGHAM: he is doing the whole thing again tonight, in the Town Hall…(Update: PIANIST mag tells me this inspired bit of imagery arrived originally from our doughty friend Yehuda Shapiro.)

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Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in GermanyUPDATE HEREBernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner’s work not only should but must be banned in Germany. Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years – Ed]…

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Oxford Lieder Festival at Kings Place

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Oxford Lieder Festival at Kings PlaceMoritz von Schwind’s 1868 drawing of a SchubertiadeThis weekend, the Oxford Lieder Festival comes to Kings Place and there is a chance to catch some of the highlights of the wonderful festival in Oxford where this year they are performing all of Schubert’s songs. At Kings Place there is Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams in Schubert’s settings from Scott’s Lady of the Lake (2/10), Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson in settings of Goethe and Schiller plus Christoph Richter in the Arpeggione Sonata (3/10), James Gilchrist and Sholto Kynoch in a late-night Die Winterreise (3/10)…

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Breaking: Chicago flute flies off to Berlin

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Breaking: Chicago flute flies off to BerlinAfter months of cogitation Mathieu Dufour, Principal Flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has submitted his regination, effective November 4, 2014, in order to join the Berlin Philharmonic in the same position in the new year. We hope he’s made the right choice.
Press release follows. 

CHICAGO—Mathieu Dufour, Principal Flute, the Erika and Dietrich M…

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Opera is in deep trouble in the land of its birth, says Rupert Christiansen

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