John Malveaux: Louis A Williams Jr. made his debut with the Los Angeles Opera in La Traviata as solo dancer on Sept 13, 17, 26 + MORE

 

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Orfeo, Roundhouse, review: 'serious in intent' + MORE

This Royal Opera production boasts an outstanding cast but is too relentlessly sombre, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
conductors

Met Opera: Rusalka + MORE

Join us at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a live Met Opera broadcast of Antonin Dvorak's Rusakla, starring Kristine Opolais in the role that helped launch her international career..... More »
symphonies news

Met soprano will sing at Carnegie Hall after running NY marathon + MORE

Susanna Phillips will sing the national anthem before running the New York marathon this Sunday. That’s the easy part. Monday night she’s down to sing Juraj Filas’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. No time to catch her breath. .... More »
opera

In My Book, This was the Wrong Choice. + MORE

James Levine has dropped out of conducting the Met Lulu in favor of Tannhaueser.  Draw the obvious conclusions about his energy reserves. I'd certainly rather hear him in Lulu.From the Met:James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall;New Production of Lulu&n.... More »
orchestra

Notes from Cuba: Finale + MORE

Home from Cuba, clarinetist Rena Kraut reflects on her unforgettable experience performing in Havana with the Minnesota Orchestra..... More »
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra/Gaffigan(Harmonia Mundi)Dvoráks Sixth Symphony (1880), with its cross-rhythm Furiant Scherzo and soaring melodies, was written for Vienna but is as richly and distinctively Slavonic as anything the composer wrote. It has a tender inner spirit and benign fervour deliciously explored here in a warm, subtle performance delivered with pin-sharp exactitude…

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The Girl of the Golden West; Flood of Beauty  reviewAn exciting debut in the pit and another on stage set the seal on ENOs terrific new Girl of the Golden WestIf Puccini was good at endings, he was even better at beginnings. Tosca crashes to life with fortissimo chords of fate. Bohème leaps in mid-stream, rugged, boisterous, beady. Butterflys quicksilver chatter takes us straight to the heart of a sinister, unfamiliar orient…

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John Malveaux: Louis A Williams Jr. made his debut with the Los Angeles Opera in La Traviata as solo dancer on Sept 13, 17, 26Louis A. Williams, Jr.(L.A. Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Louis A Williams Jr. made his debut with the Los Angeles Opera in La Traviata as solo dancer on Sept 13, 17, 26. See http://www.laopera.org/season/1415-Season-at-a-Glance/La-Traviata/ThanksJohn Malveaux

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Ensemble. Full of Irony

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De Giosa’s ‘Don Checco’, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Ring Cycle Player - Listen While You ReadWagner Composing The Ring of the Nibelungen: L. BalestrieriWe have tried various methods of bringing a permanent Wagner music player to the site over the years – I think the first was back in 2011. However, there have been problems with most of them, meaning that often either the player did not display in certain browsers, it refused to play or simply slowed things down for too many readers, However, we are hoping the newest addition will be compatible with as many users operating systems and web browsers as possible…

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Syrian refugees to perform Mozart’s comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte in Stuttgart, Germany.

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The singers are show-stopping, but this low-budget production of Rossini’s Old Testament tale lets them down, says Rupert Christiansen

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Rossini – Mose in Egitto

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Rossini - Mose in EgittoMiklos Sebestyen as Mose Rossini Mose in Egitto; Sebestyen, Alegret, Booth, Foster Williams, Rice, dir. Pountney, cond. Rizzi; Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Oct 03 2014 Star rating: 5.0Finely sung and imaginative account of Rossini’s Italian Biblican dramaWelsh National Opera’s production of Rossini’s Mose in Egitto was the second of two Rossini operas (the other is Guillaume Tell) performed in tandem for their autumn tour…

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NSO’s Foray into Religious Music

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Bach, Selected Organ Works, P. Jacob (JAV, 2004)
Johann Sebastian Bach, in Nicolas Slonimsky’s memorable turn of phrase, is "the supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." This week’s program from the National Symphony Orchestra, heard at the second performance on Thursday night, a special schedule arranged out of respect for Yom Kippur on Friday, had Bach at its heart…

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ENO Girl of the Golden West Puccini

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ENO Girl of the Golden West PucciniAt the ENO, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West becomes The Girl of the Golden West. Hearing this opera in English instead of Italian has its advantages, While we can still hear the exotic, Italianate Madama Butterfly fantasies in the orchestra, in English, we’re closer to the original pot-boiler melodrama…

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Addressing the lacunae

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Addressing the lacunaeNow’s the time to fill those gaps in your collection, cher public: our friends at Opera Depot are offering a 60% discount on all German opera recordings, including of course Wagner. (Speaking of which, the site currently offers a free download of a complete Ring cycle from Bayreuth in 1968…)
Don’t delay, though: these prices are only in effect through midnight on Monday!

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R.Wagner, Lohengrin
M.Janowski / Berlin RSO & Chorus / G.Groissböck, K.F.Vogt, A.Dasch, S.Resmark, G.Grochowski et al.
PentaTone

I’ll Have My Swan Medium-Fast

Marek Janowski is regarded more for diligence than excitement, but his ambitious Wagner opera project for Pentatone with the RSO Berlin and the finest crop of current Wagner singers is shaping up superbly! So far they’re all

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City Music Foundation

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City Music FoundationCity Music Foundation artists 2014The City Music Foundation was set up to bring together several established City-based institutions, including the Barbican Arts Centre, Milton Court Concert Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Musicians, to support young artists…

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