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Biz news: Masur’s aide signs Masur’s pupil + MORE

Stefana Atlas, whom many knew at the right hand of the late Kurt Masur, has set up her own New York agency inside faltering CAMI. Her first signing, announced today, is the Singaporean conductor Kachun Wong, winner of this year’s Mahler Competition in Bamberg. Wong started out as a Kurt Masur .... More »
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Free Download: Boris Giltburg plays the Presto from Rachmaninov's 'Six moments musicaux' + MORE

This week's free download is the Presto from Rachmaninov's Six moments musicaux, performed by pianist Boris Gil.... More »
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Met Opera: Offenbach's 'Tales of Hoffmann' + MORE

This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts "The Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach. Even if you're not an opera buff, the phrase "Tales of Hoffmann" may well have a familiar ring to it..... More »
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English National Opera chorus to conduct silent protest during performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten over contract dispute + MORE

Officials from Equity vote unanimously to strike after failing to agree new terms with ENO management.... More »
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This Maestro Is Turning 90. He’s Also Conducting Over 90 Concerts This Year. + MORE

Herbert Blomstedt, who shows little signs of slowing down, discusses the secrets of pulling off a demanding schedule..... More »

Great John Adams piece

– briandickie.typepad.com

It was a real treat to hear John Adams' Harmonielehre brilliantly negotiated by Dennis Russell Davies and the Basel Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall yesterday evening.  It is a thrilling work from 1984 when John was Composer in Residence with the San Francisco Symphony. 
I have accidentally become something of an Adams groupie I suppose having been at the world premieres of three of his operas, Nixon in China in Houston in 1987, Dr Atomic in San Francisco in 2005, and Flowering Tree in Vienna in 2006…

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Four of Thirteen

– irontongue.blogspot.com

The NY Philharmonic Biennial will feature readings of works by 13 “emerging” composers (now there’s a word for buzzword bingo). Of the 13, four are women. One-third: doing pretty well, I would say.

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Summer at the Handel House Museum

– www.planethugill.com

Summer at the Handel House MuseumGeorge I in his coronation robesThe Handel House Museum’s summer season of events and concerts celebrates this year’s 200th anniversary of the coronation of King George I and the founding of the House of Hanover, the ruling dynasty which had close links with composer George Frideric Handel. There is also and exhibition looking at the eventful life of the actress and singer Susannah Cibber…

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Opera Review: Robert Ashley’s Shape-Shifting 1968 Work, RevivedOpera as the composer Robert Ashley defined it, his spoken multimedia interrogation of Anne Opie Wehrer, is revived at the Whitney Museum.

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If you’re looking for some interesting creative nonfiction to read in the next while, I highly recommend Vivien Shotwell’s Vienna Nocturne, a novel written from the point of view of Anna Storace, the English singer who created the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.I’ve always wondered how a young English soprano ended up in Vienna singing in an otherwise (mostly) all-Italian cast…

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Rejoice!

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Osmo Vänskä signed to a two-year contract as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra!He’ll have a lot of hiring and rebuilding to do after the brutal 18-month lockout, but hooray!

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MPR News has confirmed the Minnesota Orchestra board of directors approved a two-year contract for Osmo Vänskä to return as music director. He will start May 1.

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BBC Proms 2014 – safe, bland but not bad

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

BBC Proms 2014 - safe, bland but not badPSYCHIC POWERS! I guessed the First Night of the BBC Proms 2014 – Elgar The Kingdom, Andrew Davis BBC SO (the BBC house band). Read more HERE  It pays to be “forward thinking”. So follow my site – I cover 40 or so Proms each year.A surprisingly safe Proms season otherwise, as if it’s been designed to placate the vociferous lobbies who need to find something to complain about in order to be happy  I for one will miss Roger Wright who did know his music and did have vision but who was hamstrung one one side by dumbed-down bean counting and on the other by self-appointed “Friends”…

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John Malveaux: 'Latonia Moore and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Aida and Radamès in Tatjana Gürbaca's production of Verdi's opera in Zurich'[Latonia Moore and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Aida and Radamès in Tatjana Gürbaca’s production of Verdi’s opera in Zurich Monica Rittershaus/Opernhaus Zürich] John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:Soprano Latonya Moore http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2014/3/Reviews/ZURICH__Aida…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Grimeborn 2014 is ready for takeoff

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Don't fancy much at this year's Proms? Me neither. With operatic offerings restricted – as leaked – to Strauss's three most familiar works, and precious little of interest on the new music front, Roger Wright's last season in charge in not one to set pulses racing. 
Fortunately there are alternative ways to pass a summer evening…

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Six of the best: BBC Proms world premieres

– www.classical-music.com

The Proms have a longstanding tradition of commissioning and premiering new music. As the 2014 BBC Proms season is officially launched, we take a look at six important pieces that received their first performances as part of this great British classical music institution…

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Wagner’s First Opera Gets the Performance it Deserves

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 Wagner, Die Feen: Soloists, Chorus of Oper Leipzig, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,. Leipzig Opera House, Matthias Foremny (conductor). 20.4.2014 (MB)   Cast Fairy King, Voice of Groma – Sejong Chang Ada – Elisabet Strid Zemina – Magdalena Hinterdobler Farzana – Jean Broiekhuizen Arindal – Arnold Bezuyen Lora – Eun Yee You Morald – Mathias Hausmann Drolla […]
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