Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Operatic Tenor, Dies at 90 + MORE

 

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Revealed: Gurrelieder is an opera + MORE

A hundred years after its first performance, Gurrelieder is being performed tonight as an opera. The text and story of Schoenberg’s oratorio are unquestionably dramatic and Pierre Audi of Dutch National Opera has been working all summer to bring the massive work to the stage next week. Here, s.... More »
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Ensemble. Endlessly Memorable + MORE

Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett.... More »
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Tristan und Isolde, Bayreuth Festival, review: 'hugely moving' + MORE

Bayreuth Festival director Katharina Wagner's production is more than up to scratch, says Mark Ronan.... More »
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In My Book, This was the Wrong Choice. + MORE

James Levine has dropped out of conducting the Met Lulu in favor of Tannhaueser.  Draw the obvious conclusions about his energy reserves. I'd certainly rather hear him in Lulu.From the Met:James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall;New Production of Lulu&n.... More »
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2015 Paul Revere Awards & Other MPA Annual Meeting Highlights + MORE

Among the first-prize winners in these annual engraving awards presented by the Music Publishers Association were two of the final works of Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Composer Mohammed Fairouz also presented the MPA's lifetime achievement award to Ralph Peer II of Peermusic..... More »

Three great new reviews !

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Claire Seymour’s reveiws in Opera TodayDer Rosenkavalier Prom 6Glagolitic Mass Prom 9Donizetti and Mozart – Jette Parker Young Artists ROH

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Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Operatic Tenor, Dies at 90Mr. Bergonzi, small and admittedly without leading-man looks or acting skills, was considered to have a vocal elegance that more than compensated for perceived shortcomings.

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Proms 1, 4, 9, 6; Chamber Music 1 review  celebrations, and doubtThe 120th season began in grand style with Elgar, but the World Orchestra for Peace sounded a note of uncertaintyA faint cloud of dust rose up from the big bass drum as the fateful hammer blows were struck at the end of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. The composer sometimes called this work his "Tragic"…

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New trainees

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New traineesWith the support of the Genesis Foundation two new trainee posts have been announced. The Sixteen’s young artists scheme Genesis Sixteen is appointing its first student conductor. Welsh National Opera is appointing the first Genesis Trainee Repetiteur.Robbie Jacobs conducts Reverie in rehearsal St Mary at Hill credit two by two videoRobbie Jacobs, a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, who is currently at the Royal Academy of Music, is the first student conductor to be appointed to Genesis Sixteen…

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No opera!!

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I am neglecting my business after my short break in Northumberland.  I feel particularly bad about not geting to Tête à Tête's terrific enterprise up in Kings Cross.  I hope to get there more than once before they finish on August 10 but for the time being I have to concentrate on keeping my contractor on the job…

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Carlo Bergonzi

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Carlo BergonziThe great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died, age 80. You can make a case that he was the greatest of postwar Italian tenors, for the elegance of his line, the beautiful sound, and the scrupulous musicianship. He wasn’t the loudest (probably Del Monaco) or the flashiest (Corelli, I guess), but he was a great Verdian and superb in Puccini and bel canto…

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The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

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Run on love and a shoestring, this opera free-for-all was full of promising performances

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“Wagner’s Acquittal” by Joachim Köhler: the Death of the AuthorAs many readers will already know, the latest news in Wagner studies is the publication in the July, 2014 edition of The Wagner Journal of an article entitled Wagner’s Acquittal written by none other than Joachim Köhler, author of Wagner’s Hitler—The Prophet and his Disciple. In this book, Köhler acted as chief prosecutor pressing trumped up charges of having single-handedly caused World War II and the Holocaust…

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Fantastic article in The Guardian by Maya Jaggi about a project that seems to offer a vision of hope even at a time like this. Please read. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/25/polyphony-conservatory-nazareth-arab-jewish-orchestra

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Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

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Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.
Coloraturafan contributes this video tribute to Maestro Bergonzi.

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Hynd’s Venerable Coppélia Continues to Entrance All Ages

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Delibes, Coppélia: Dancers and Orchestra of English National Ballet / Gavin Sutherland (conductor), London Coliseum, London, 24.7.14. (JPr)   Choreography: Ronald Hynd after Marius Petipa Design: Desmond Heeley Lighting: David Mohr Tamara Rojo: Swanilda Alban Lendorf: Franz Dr Coppélius: Michael Coleman There is a great deal of ballet during any summer in London all […]

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Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6

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Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier came to BBC Prom 6. I was at the premiere (read my review here), captivated by Lars Woldt’s unusual but singularly perceptive Baron Ochs. What a pity the Baron Ochs of the media were more focused on whether Octavian was sexually attractive to them, “either as man or woman”…

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