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Tragedy: Eminent composer and her husband are killed in road crash + MORE

News has come in of the death of Julia Gomelskaya, Ukraine’s most successful composer, together with her husband Sergei, an instrumental player. They had been together since student days, a devoted couple. The pair were killed in a two-car smash on the Odessa-Nikolayev road three days ago whi.... More »
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Faith in Nazi Opera Conspiracies Reveals Unpleasant Truths About Modern Israel + MORE

Other the last three years, one tenacious dogma that has been systematically debunked on this blog has been that of the Nazi opera conspiracy theory, which claims that National Socialism was an operatic movement secretly based on Wagnerian principles, and that Hitler set out on a lifelong mission si.... More »
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Mozart. Thwarted. + MORE

Review – Idomeneo (Royal Opera House, Monday 3 November 2014) Idomeneo – Matthew Polenzani Idamante – Franco Fagioli Ilia – Sophie Bevan Elettra – Malin Byström Arbace – Stanislas de Barbeyrac High Priest – Krystian Adam The Voice – Graeme Broadbent Cretans – Tamsin Coombs, Louise.... More »
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PBO and SF Opera Adlers + MORE

* Notes * A number of San Francisco Opera Center's Adler Fellows (pictured left) performed with conductor Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra last night at the SFJazz Center. The evening was a delight from beginning to end. The first half of the program featured four instrument.... More »
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Ezra Sims (1928-2015) + MORE

News comes that the composer Ezra Sims has died.  He was a fixture in Boston New Music and a well-know practitioner of microtonal music, but was always an independent and his music fit into no category other than his own.  Alabama-born, he studied at Harvard and then a Mills College under .... More »

Rousing All-American Fare for Opening Night

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bernstein, Buck, Copland, Corigliano, Hanson: Allison Pohl (soprano), Britt Cooper (baritone), Canton Symphony Chorus, Walsh University Chorale, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann (conductor), Umstattd Hall, Canton, Ohio, 5.10.2014, (TW) Bernstein: “Take Care of This House” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Overture and “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide Dudley Buck: […]

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SF Opera’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Mulligan)

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * Last night San Francisco Opera performed A Masked Ball a second time this season. The traditional production is the same as the one seen here in 2006, Jose Maria Condemi’s direction is similarly straightforward, if not slightly bland. The ball scene (Act III pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver), however, is quite festive…

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Discovering the Heifetz-Handel-Halvorsen for Two ViolinsBy Laurie Niles: If there is a “Bach Double” for violin and viola — something fun, popular and compelling in duet form — it’s got to be the Handel-Halvorsen “Passacaglia.”

The Handel-Halvorsen balances the violin and viola (or sometimes cello) beautifully, puts both instruments through equally challenging paces, and (unlike the Bach Double) it doesn’t even require a piano or orchestra accompaniment to sound thoroughly complete…

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Special offer: 25% off my new book, After Wagner

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Special offer: 25% off my new book, After WagnerMy new book, After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from ‘Parsifal’ to Wagner will be published this month. My publisher, Boydell & Brewer, has kindly offered 25% off the recommended price to readers of this blog. Please click here for the online flyer, which includes a discount code for any of you who might be interested…

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Top Score: A composer known as 'Disasterpeace'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Back in 2012, video game media outlets were ablaze with news about <i>FEZ</i>. This press helped launch the career of the game's composer, a then-relatively unknown Rich 'Disasterpeace' Vreeland.

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It can be done (2)

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

It can be done (2)
Continuing, about groups that successfully attracted a new, young audience…
In my first post on this, I told two success stories. About the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, in London, which rebranded itself in the style of current culture, and now reliably attracts young audiences of up to 1000 people…

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Stubble in paradise

– parterre.com

Stubble in paradiseTenor Michael Fabiano reportedly tore the place down tonight at WQXR’s Greene Space. The 2014 Richard Tucker Award winner shared the stage with Grant winners Jennifer Johnson Cano and Brandon Cedel, and legendary soprano Renata Scotto conversed with Naomi Lewin. Can you stand it? Well, find out after the jump…

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Young people storm the stage — and the auditorium — at the TSOMusicians as young as 23 are being hired by Peter Oundjian in a youth revolution that has drawn young ticket buyers to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Listen – Daniele Gatti dirigeert Mahler 9

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Listen - Daniele Gatti dirigeert Mahler 9Listen HERE to a live recording of  the opening concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, from August 2013. It’s Mahler Symphony no 9, conducted by Daniele Gatti, who was confirmed lasst week as the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. The news was hardly “news” in the sense of being unexpected, since orchestras tend to appoint conductors whom they know well, and who are good in their core repertoire…

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It’s my story and I’m sticking to itOn this day in 1890, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson was born.

Born on this day in 1899 contralto Mary Jarred

Born on this day in 1900 soprano Marcelle Bunlet

Born on this day in 1919 soprano Irmgard Seefried

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Baroque orchestra flourishes both artistically and financially under Baldwin’s 14-year watch

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Alice Coote – Handel arias

– www.planethugill.com

Alice Coote - Handel arias Handel arias from Hercules, Ariodante, Alcina, Radamisto, Giulio Cesare; Alice Coote, the English Concert, Harry Bicket; Hyperion Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5Fine disc of Handel arias in highly distinctive performancesThe mezzo-soprano Alice Coote has sung Handel roles for some considerable time and has continued to keep Handel in her repertoire whilst developing more romantic roles, in Mozart, Berlioz, Richard Strauss, Mahler and Elgar…

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