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TSO posts surplus for 2015-16; broader financial picture revealed + MORE

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s expenses ballooned by almost a third under former president and CEO Jeff Melanson’s two-year tenure.... More »
virtuosos

CD Spotlight. Exceedingly Fine + MORE

Marin Alsop conducts Prokofiev's Symphony No 6, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'The São Paolo Symphony Orchestra plays with a consummate passion for the music.'.... More »
conductors

Sergio A. Mims: Soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has a new album of opera arias including the works of Mozart, Ravel and Gluck to be released by Decca Classics in June + MORE

Pumeza Matshikiza: AriasDecca (2016)Sergio A. Mims:I know you and your readers would love to know that soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has a new album of opera arias including the works of Mozart, Ravel and Gluck to be released by Decca Classics in Junehttp://www.mdt.co.uk/pumeza-arias-decca.htmlSergio&nb.... More »
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In Dubai homosexuality is illegal but the music plays on + MORE

Money was doubtless the reason for franchising the BBC Proms to the oil-rich but ethically-challenged emirate of Dubai. However just one of many concerns about classical music's endorsement of the United Arab Emirates is the regime's overt homophobia, which makes demonised Russia look distinctly gay.... More »
Vanska and the musicians will now perform on both May 2 and 4 at Northrop Auditorium, the University of Minnesota venue that’s reopening in April after three years of renovations.

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Barbican HallSchreker – Vorspiel zu einen DramaBusoni – Berceuse élégiaque, op.42Ravel – ShéhérazadePavane pour une infante défunteSchoenberg – Chamber Symphony no.1, version for full orchestra, op.9bNora Gubisch (soprano)BBC Symphony OrchestraJosep Pons (conductor) A refreshing programme of early(-ish)-twentieth-century orchestral music from the BBC SO and Catalan conductor, Josep Pons, which, if it did not always possess the last word in refinement, certainly benefited from Pons’s palpable enthusiasm for this repertoire…

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Ted Hughes's children's fables come to the stageAhead of an opera version of Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became, librettist Edward Kemp reveals the challenges of rounding up a menagerie of vain and devious animals for the stageI first encountered Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became in the edition lushly illustrated by Jackie Morris, which we bought by chance on a family camping holiday in Wales…

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Ladies Night In A Foggy FroSch

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Die Frau ohne Schatten (Live stream from Bayerische Staatsoper, Sunday 1 December 2013)
Die Kaiserin/Empress – Adrianne Pieczonka
Der Kaiser/Emperor – Johan Botha
Barak, the Dyer – Wolfgang Koch
The Dyer’s Wife – Elena Pankratova
Die Amme/ Nurse – Deborah Polaski
The Messenger – Sebastian Holecek
The Falcon – Eri Nakamura
The Dyer’s Brothers – Tim Kuypers, Christian Rieger & Matthew Peña
Watchmen – Andrea Borghini, Rafal Pawnuk & Leonard Bernad
Voices of the Unborn – Laura Tatulescu, Heike Grötzinger, Tara Erraught, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Eri Nakamura & Okka von der Damerau
Director – Krzysztof Warlikowski
Stage & Costume – Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting – Felice Ross
Choreography – Claude Bardouil
Video – Denis Guéguin
Animation – Kamil Polak
Dramaturgy – Miron Hakenbeck
Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kirill Petrenko (Conductor)
Hats off once again to the Bayerische Staatsoper for their commitment to live-streaming opera from their magnificent opera house…

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Freeze frame

– parterre.com

Freeze frame“Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Met from 1950 to 1972, once observed that his opera house was ‘similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames’.” Our Own JJ takes on an old frame (Der Rosenkavalier) and a new (Eugene Onegin) in his latest review for the New York Observer.

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Chat roulette

– parterre.com

Chat rouletteIt’s the opening of the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcast season, cher public, and the first opera in the series is Rigoletto. You know what that means: La Casa della Cieca is open for business staring at 12:30 pm!

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BBC Radio 3 - Wagner Weekend 7 - 8 DecThis weekend, BBC Radio 3 is having a “Wagner Weekend” consisting of a series of programs, unsurprisingly, with a Wagner theme. Details below.Through The Night – 1.00am Sat 7 DecVioleta Urmana joins the Radio France Philharmonic in Wagner from Paris – Tristan, Lohengrin, Tannhauser, the Flying Dutchman…

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Pianist Aaron Fagerstrom from Thief River Falls, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 and 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.

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Four New Angeleno Composers – Performed at Disney HallOn Tuesday December 3, 2013 the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group presented LA Now: Four New Angeleno Composers, the latest in the Green Umbrella series of new music concerts. Curated by no less an eminence than John Adams, works by Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh and Andrew Norman were performed for a mostly young and enthusiastic audience that filled three quarters of the Walt Disney Concert Hall…

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You're invited to a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota with special guest, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. The program includes the Brahms Piano Quintet and a stunning Partita for Violin and Piano by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at Sundin Hall, Hamline University.

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The Barber of Neville

– www.planethugill.com

The Barber of NevilleThis new disc showcases wind concertos written by Howard Blake, but it also acts as an advanced celebration of Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th birthday. Conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the ensemble he founded in 1959. On this disc they perform Blake’s Flute Concerto, with Jamie Martin, Clarinet Concerto with Andrew Marriner, Bassoon Concerto with Gustavo Nunez and Serenade for Wind Octet…

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Four New Angeleno Composers – Performed at Disney HallOn Tuesday December 3, 2013 the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group presented LA Now: Four New Angeleno Composers, the latest in the Green Umbrella series of new music concerts. Curated by no less an eminence than John Adams, works by Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh and Andrew Norman were performed for a mostly young and enthusiastic audience that filled three quarters of the Walt Disney Concert Hall…

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Day 4 — Nachtgang

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 4 — NachtgangDuring the 1890s, Strauss looked to contemporaries such as Karl Henckel, John Henry Mackay, Otto Julius Bierbaum (with whom Strauss had wanted to work on an opera) and Richard Dehmel for literary inspiration. Their intense, psychosexual poetry provided the springboard to an even headier musical idiom, prefiguring the operas that came in its wake…

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