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Guglielmo Ratcliff/ Le Pré aux Clercs review – excellent gothic gore and Parisian romance + MORE

National Opera House, WexfordDistinguished singing and colourful staging combine to make good cases for these operatic rarities by Mascagni and Hérold Wexford’s exhumation of operatic rarities continues with Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff, based on a play by Heine and premiered in 1895, five yea.... More »
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Towards creating new opera - the Helios Collective's Formations masterclasses + MORE

On Friday 6 November 2015 I went along to Formations, the first of a series of masterclasses being organised by the Helios Collective in which three short new operas are given supportive coaching by luminaries such as Stephen Unwin, David Parry, Kasper Holten, and Stephen Barlow. These culminate in .... More »
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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of September’s new releases (Sep 01, 2015) + MORE

BERNSTEIN Symphony No 3 ‘Kaddish’, Missa Brevis, The Lark Washington Chorus, São Paulo Symphony Chorus, Baltimore Symphony, Alsop Naxos 8.559742 Marin Alsop is a leading Naxos artist with an extensive and widely respected discography. She will again.... More »
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Maestro’s soprano wife has died + MORE

We learn with sadness of the death on April 5 of the Australian soprano Elsie Morison, second wife of the Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik. Elsie was 91. After a ceremony in Prague, her remains will be flown for burial in her family tomb at Ballarat, Victoria. Elsie was a staff soprano at Covent Gard.... More »
Balancing art and commerce, these strange rituals of the English summer show an amazing capacity to thrive

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Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged OperaIn an operatic performance, does paring a work down to the bare score make it more potent, or do theatrical trappings enrich the experience?

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From Marschallin to Moses

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From Marschallin to Moses‘That’s the first time actually I’ve ever been moved by the words of The Ring alone…I normally find that the text alone makes you yearn for the music, but that seemed quite wonderful to me.’ Thus Michael Tanner, lecturing on Götterdämmerung, about Dame Harriet Walter declaiming Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene in its various incarnations and her husband Guy Paul reading Wagner’s stage directions…

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Filming classical music - The Voice and The LensToday I attended a day-long seminar entitled The Voice and The Lens. Being offered as part of the periphery of the Spitalfields Festival, this series of three illustrated lectures took in all sorts of examples of filming classical music.We heard from Jonathan Haswell, a freelance director who has overseen recordings and broadcasts for the Proms and the Royal Opera, composer Miguel Mera, who teaches on the subject at City University and Barrie Gavin, who has produced a great deal of work on modern music and worked with the likes of Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen…

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Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

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Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors. Russian tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring…

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Celebrations in Liverpool

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Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…

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Composer Alvin Singleton's CD 'Sweet Chariot' To Be Released by Albany Records July 1, 2014; Pre-Order Available at Amazon.comSweet Chariot Alvin SingletonAlbany Records (Release Date July 1, 2014)Composer Alvin Singleton, alvinsingleton.com, has been featured on AfriClassical many times over the years. He tells us Sweet Chariot, his new CD from Albany Records,  can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com:ArtistsLaura Gordy (Piano), Alvin Singleton (Composer), Ronald Crutcher (Cello), Ted Gurch (Clarinets), Peggy Benkeser (Snare Drum), Helen Hwaya Kim (Violin), Julietta Curenton (Flute), Angel Hsiao (Flute), Harrison Hollingsworth (Bassoon), Lionel Cottet (Cello), Doug O’Connor (Saxophones) | Format: Audio CD          Track Listings 1…

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Le Jardin de Moniseur Rameau

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Le Jardin de Moniseur Rameau Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau: Les Arts Florissants,William Christie: Les Arts Florissants Editions Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 5.0Sparkling performances from Le Jardin Des Voix academy for young singersLe Jardin des Voix is Les Arts Florissants’ biennial academy for young singers…

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It’s a soap opera about fashion, glamour, romance and heartbreak — so, rather fittingly, the “The Bold and the Beautiful” has gone to Paris.

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 Puccini: Turandot, Chorus Generalitat Valenciana, Orchestra Comunitat Valenciana, Zubin Mehta (conductor), Palau de Les Arts, Valencia, 11.6.2014 (JMI)   Cast: Turandot: Lise Lindstrom Calaf: Jorge de León Liú: Jessida Nuccio Timur: Alexander Tsymbalyuk Ping: Germán Olvera Pang: Valentino Buzza Pong: Pablo García López Mandarin: Ventseslav Anastasov Altoum: Javier Agulló Production: Palau de Les Arts Direction: […]

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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.

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