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Ian Bostridge leads on song and dance + MORE

The tenor has been invited to give the 2016 Lincoln Kirstein lecture at NYU. Bostridge’s lecture will discuss the relationship between song and dance, the role of song in Schubert’s music, and Benjamin Britten’s complex work with dance and stylization from The Prince of the Pagodas to Death in.... More »
symphony news

Cheryl North: Holiday concerts ring out around the Bay + MORE

Which would you like to hear for a Christmas present: the music of Johann Sebastian Bach or of George Frideric Handel -- or both?.... More »
virtuoso

Looking ahead... + MORE

Taking a Barenbreather after the excitement of the Schubert series to reflect on the different things coming up this month. Do join me for some of them if they're in your neck of the woods...TOMORROW: 5 June 2015, 8pm Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames A rehearsed reading of my play A Walk .... More »
recital

Alstaedt and Opera North Render an Unrecognizable Hansel and Gretel + MORE

Opera North – Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel (sung in English): Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Christophe Alstaedt (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 8.3.2017. (RJF) Cast: Hansel – Katie Bray Gretel – Fflur Wyn Gertrud and Witch – Susan Bullock Peter – Stephen Gadd S.... More »
classical music news

Music critic nabs concertgoer’s phone to keep her off it + MORE

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns recently reviewed a Philadelphia Orchestra performance at the Musikverein in Vienna. The piece has been attracting more notice than the average orchestra review, though, due to Stearns’s admission that he made a bold move to address a .... More »

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The English National Opera has a new staging of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, by Terry Gilliam. Mark Berry and Jessica Duchen went to opening night:Jessica is almost unreservedly enthused!Mark is positive but has some reservations.This production opened several days after I left town, or you bet I would have been there too.

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Benvenuto Cellini; La fanciulla del West  reviewColiseum; Opera Holland Park, LondonBerlioz’s fizzing score takes off as Terry Gilliam lets rip with the extravagant Benvenuto CelliniFlame-throwers threw, tumblers tumbled, gigantic carnival masks mocked and leered; crowds waved mops and feather dusters, stilt-walkers and jugglers reeled and tweaked and twirled until golden rain showered from the rafters of the Coliseum and the earth moved…

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Dreadful Acoustic Mars Fascinating American Themed Recital

– www.seenandheard-international.com

      Ravel, Gershwin, Antheil, Korngold, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Yura Lee (violin), Wu Han (piano), Gloria Chien (piano), Kristin Lee (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola), David Finckel (cello), Palais im Großen Garten, Dresden, Thursday 5th May 2014 (MC)                Ravel: Violin Sonata Gershwin: An American in Paris, original […]

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Watch Glyndebourne's Der Rosenkavalier Free - Sunday June 8 at 4.30pmTime above is BST. You can watch it either at Glyndebourne’s Website by CLICKING HERE or at the Telegraph by CLICKING HERE.Conductor Robin TicciatiDirector Richard Jones Set Designer Paul SteinbergCostume Designer Nicky GillibrandMovement Director Sarah FahieLighting Designer Mimi Jordan SherinCastThe Marschallin Kate Royal Octavian Tara ErraughtBaron Ochs auf Lerchenau Lars WoldtSophie Teodora Gheorghiu Herr von Faninal Michael KrausMarianne Leitmetzerin Miranda KeysValzacchi Christopher Gillett Annina Helene SchneidermanNotary Gwynne Howell Italian Singer Andrej Dunaev Innkeeper Robert WörlePolice Commissioner Scott Conner London Philharmonic OrchestraThe Glyndebourne Chorus

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Cast of homeless people wows opera snobs during two-week residency in Covent Garden
Sir George Young, the Tory MP who once said the homeless were “the people you step over coming out of the Opera House”, could not have been more wrong.

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Comment on June 2 posts on William Grant Still's 'Highway 1, USA' & Noel Pointer Foundation Event: Information is appreciated but more notice is needed[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensiveWorks List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com)On Monday, June 2, 2014 AfriClassical published two posts:Noel Pointer Foundation: 10-Year-Old Pianist Zachary Sanchez Shares Stage with Borough President Eric Adams 6:30 PM Wednesday at B…

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Lawrence Brownlee - Virtuoso Rossini arias Virtuoso Rossini Arias: Lawrence Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian: Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0Bravura showcase of Rossini tenor ariasLawrence Brownlee’s new disc on Delos, with Constantine Orbelian and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra is an exploration of Rossini’s operatic tenor arias with solos from comic operas La gazza ladra, L’occasione fa il ladro, Il Turco in Italia and Le Comte Ory, and serious operas Semiramide, Otello, La donna del lago and Zelmira…

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The subject was RosenkavalierLa Cieca looks forward to seeing (in the virtual sense) all her cher public bright and early tomorrow morning for the webcast of the controversial production of Der Rosenkavalier from Glyndebourne. It starts at 11:30 AM EDT and naturally La Casa della Cieca will be open for brunch and chat.
More Strauss-related news follows the jump…

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Glyndebourne: a brief history

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Rupert Christiansen tells the story of the world-beating opera festival

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A Night at the Opera

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

…Falstaff, which I like more and more and not just because I’m well into my own falstaffian age and figure. Verdi just does astonishing things with continuity (particularly of harmony and orchestration (if you want to explore how weird and wonderful Verdi’s harmonic practice is here, let me recommend Ernő Lendvai’s deep and eccentric Verdi and Wagner (Bartok and the 19th Century), Volume 1, which is almost entirely about Falstaff (I don’t know if there was ever a Volume 2, btw, but Volume 1 has a prominent place on my short shelf of harmony books restoring the so-called half diminished seventh to its proper role in harmonic practice, from Bach and Mozart, through Wagner and Verdi, and onward) and, as for orchestration, let me point two things out: the use of the guitar and natural horn and the use of Nanetta’s soprano as a component in an essentially instrumental texture), almost nothing is ever rhythmically where you’d expect it, and the way Verdi moves by misdirection through all of the comic turns, from the sentimental to the droll and from  to farce is just dazzling…

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Prokofiev’s ‘The Love of Three Oranges’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CRINGE worst orchestra EVER

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

CRINGE worst orchestra  EVEREar wincingly awful ! Brought tears to my eyes ! Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra . But someone’s stuffed things into the brass, who emit horrendous wails.  OTOH, the kids were trying, and the parenst must have been rolling with agony (and laughter). This is what you call, “learning by mistakes”…

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Breaking: The Hartford Wagner Festival Release A StatementIn what is perhaps,  a response to what some might describe as extraordinarily juvenile behavior,  on their Facebook page  The Hartford Wagner Festival have released the following clarification:”This project of presenting “Das Rheingold” was originally conceived to use a digital orchestra and was never intended to use a live orchestra…

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