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Otello + MORE Nov 1st

  Trading the grey and wet of Melbourne for twenty-four blessed hours of warmth and sunshine would, frankly, be reason enough for a flight to Brisbane, but you know me: I travel for singers, and I went to Brisbane to see Cheryl Barker sing Desdemona in Opera Queensland's Otello. What could.... More »

Composer György Kurtág celebrates his 91st birthday, and 70th wedding anniversary, with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award + MORE

Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award (£30,000) in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music, as well as.... More »
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Perchance to Stream: Tax Man Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. From the Wiener Staa.... More »

Susanne Mentzer: Throwing Out the Baby With the Bathwater + MORE Jan 7th

That music will always give me chills and a feeling of no turning back, just like the few opening bars of music before the curtain rises. It is hard not to cry at those moments. Read more: Classical Music, Metopolitan Opera, Der Rosenkavalier, Opera, Performing Opera, Octavian, Opera Si.... More »

A Zemlinsky moment + MORE

The Escher Quartet, seen here playing the second movement of Zemlinsky's Third Quartet, will perform the composer's four quartets under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center tomorrow night; the event will be streamed live. Of the four, the Second is particularly nota.... More »
 Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict – Soloists, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Robin Ticciati (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 3.10.2013 (SRT) Soloists: Karen Cargill – Beatrice Sally Matthews – Hero Kathleen Wilkinson – Ursula Kenneth Tarver – Benedict Brindley Sherrat – Don Pedro Lionel Llhote – Somarone Ashley Riches – Claudio The 2013-14 season sees the Scottish […]

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You do not talk about the Club of the 27. Member’s names are subjugated by one of Verdi’s 27 operas….

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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at PBO

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's 2013-2014 season opened with a set of performances entitled "Pergolesi in Naples." The San Francisco performance was held at the SFJAZZ Center, which has an intimate feel and a dry, crackly acoustic. Maestro Nicholas McGegan described Pergolesi's Sinfonia from L'Olimpiade as having "vim and spritz," the Händel duets and arias as being "jolly and miserable" in turn, Durante's Concerto for Strings No…

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Benjamin Britten dominates programming in the weeks before the centenary of his birth next month. This Saturday, at the Royal Festival Hall, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in the War Requiem. Soloists include quintessential Britten tenor Ian Bostridge.

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Play time

– blog.lso.co.uk

Play timeThere aren’t that many documented instances of the intersection between the worlds of classical music and football.  Nessun Dorma’s use during Italia 90 is one that sticks out (in a performance made famous by one time goalkeeper Luciano Pavorotti), along with my personal favourite; trying to spot Fabio Capello in the audience at Barbican concerts during his ill-fated tenure as England manager…

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Review: Ipad App – The Wagner Files

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Review: Ipad App - The Wagner FilesOur editor reviews the international version of the German Ipad app, “Wagnerwahn”. If at first you don’t succeed try another mode

I first bought a copy of the Ipad app Wagnerwahn prior to its international release a few months ago. At that time, it was only in German and given that the majority of our readers here are not German speakers I thought no more than a twitter mention was needed (Apologies to our German readers but you must admit you are far better served with up-to-date news and sources on Wagner than none German speakers)…

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The Justice has a review and an interview with Sally Pinkas. I’m guessing the reviewer is not a music student, either, since she was surprised that a piece for “piano four-hands” meant the pianists were sitting side-by-side at the same instrument.Duo memorializes professor with a concertInterview with pianist Sally PinkasThe Brandeis Hoot has a review of sorts…

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WNO Tudor Trilogy: Anna Bolena

– www.planethugill.com

WNO Tudor Trilogy: Anna Bolena

Serena Farnocchia as Anna Bolena,
photo Robert Workman

Welsh National Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is the first part of their trilogy of Donizetti’s Tudor operas, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux. All three use the same set designed by Madeleine Boyd (who also did the costumes) with lighting by Matthew Haskins…

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Zing went the strings

– parterre.com

Zing went the stringsThis DVD of a Diana Damrau recital (accompanied only by the harpist Xavier de Maistre) is sure to please her legions of fans. The  program is generous (86 minutes of singing, plus an hour-long documentary of the soprano). Damrau generously allows her harpist two solo pieces. Damrau herself looks glamorous in a strapless black velvet bodice, red silk skirt and matching stole…

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Dolores Claiborne

– abeastinajungle.blogspot.com

Dolores Claiborne

The set of Dolores Claiborne. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Poor planning on my part caused me to miss all of Patricia Racette’s performances as Dolores Claiborne in Tobias Picker’s opera of the same name, based on the Stephen King novel and just wrapping its world premiere at San Francisco Opera. However, I did manage to attend Catherine Cook’s first night in the title role (she was the understudy for Dolora Zajick, who now famously bailed out just three weeks prior to the opening  night of an opera written specifically for her) and she turned in a solid performance as the put-upon, beaten-down, yet resilient Maine housekeeper whose nearest and dearest don’t fare very well…

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Parsifal all autumn, Fidelio anew

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Parsifal all autumn, Fidelio anewSo I am now leading my not-so-secret band of 30 acolytes at the City Lit through ten classes on what Mark Wigglesworth recently declared in an email to be ‘the greatest opera by the greatest composer’ (he has promised us a visit). Well, it depends what you want, but after three decades’ acquaintance I’m certainly more open than I used to be to the possibility that Wagner’s Parsifal is the most spiritual…

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Die Fledermaus; Steven Osborne – reviewColiseum; Wigmore Hall, LondonJaws dropped for quite different reasons at ENO’s Die Fledermaus and Steven Osborne’s Beethoven recitalEveryone in Die Fledermaus is a little tipsy, and perhaps it pays to be slightly plastered oneself before entering the auditorium. Indeed at English National Opera’s new staging by Christopher Alden it might have been wise to be totally blotto…

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Luminous Mahler 10 Berliner Philharmoniker Harding

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Luminous Mahler 10 Berliner Philharmoniker HardingNew in the Berliner Philharmoniker archive is Saturday’s concert, Mahler’s Symphony no 10. (Cooke III performing version). Six years ago, Harding made a ground-breaking recording of this symphony with the Wiener Philharmoniker. This performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker is even more stimulating…

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