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Der fliegende Holländer Madrid Kwangchul Youn + MORE

Wagner Der fliegende Holländer from the Teatro Real in Madrid, with Kwangchul Youn as Daland, Samuel Youn as the Dutchman, Ingela Brimberg, Nikolai Schukoff, Kai Rüütel and Benjamin Bruns,  conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, recorded live 23/12 and now on Culturebox,The presence of Kwangchul Y.... More »
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NEW! 2017 Lucerne Summer Festival + MORE

Lucerne Summer Festival – from 11 August to 10 September 2017 Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will devote themselves to symphonic programmes featuring works by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Highlights Lucerne Festival Academy: Wolfgang Rihm leads the se.... More »
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Wrecking ball + MORE

Sir Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut last night—his third production at the Met in as many seasons—demonstrated once again no particular aptitude for opera and more often hindered rather than helped his stars Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as they struggled—only sometimes successful.... More »
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New Classical Tracks Uncut: Desmond Earley + MORE

This year, Julie Amacher counts down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 and shares them in their entirety on 'New Classical Tracks Uncut.' For December 30, Julie shares her full conversation with Desmond Earley, director of the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, who .... More »
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A Band Apart: Resident Evil + MORE

What does it mean when strangers show up, infiltrate our institutions, assimilate our knowledge, and then leave? Ensemble-in-residence...who does that?.... More »

OA in red despite critical success

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE most ambitious season in Opera Australia’s history has landed the company with a $2.4 million operating loss.

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Composer Julian Anderson and librettist Frank McGuinness’s operatic take on Sophocles is lucid and intelligent – but skimps on the human element

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Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK's opera housesOnline linkup between all seven public-funded companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audienceOpera has already embraced subjects as modern and diverse as cyber-stalking and plastic surgery and been performed in fields, pubs, village halls, cinemas and direct to computer screens…

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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota take their audience on a journey through the Underground Railroad this weekend with a concert-length oratorio by composer Donald McCullough that draws from African-American spiritual traditions.

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Koussevitsky Celebration @ LoC

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Charles T. Downey, Serge Koussevitzky’s legacy celebrated at the Library of Congress
Washington Post, May 5, 2014

M. Babbitt, Phonemena (inter alia), J. Bettina
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Serge Koussevitzky shepherded many compositions into existence as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In his final years, he established two foundations to carry on the work of commissioning new music…

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A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

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5 Questions to Jamie Leigh Sampson (bassoonist, composer, author) Jamie Leigh Sampson wears enough hats to open her own millinery shop. An active new music bassoonist, composer, and entrepreneur, on April 12, 2014, she added “author” to that list with publication of her first book, Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics. 
Jamie Leigh Sampson
Bassoon multiphonics seems like a thorny topic; how did you decide to write a book about it?
Sofia Gubaidulina’s Duo Sonata for two bassoons first sparked my interest in multiphonics when I was an undergraduate student at SUNY Fredonia…

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Just because: Sir Henry Wood records Vaughan Williams

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

From a British Pathé newsreel, Sir Henry Wood and the BBC Symphony make the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’…

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First opera triumph - Julian Anderson's ThebansChristopher Ainslie and Roland WoodThebans, act 3picture credit Tristan Kenton Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness – Thebans: director Pierre Audi, conductor Edward Gardner: ENO at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 20 2014 Star rating: 5.0Triumphant first outing for composer Julian Anderson’s first operaJulian Anderson’s much anticipated first opera, Thebans, premiered at the London Coliseum on 3 May 2014, in a production by English National Opera…

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John Malveaux: 'Columbia Artists Management Inc. has cancelled an 80th Anniversary Celebration scheduled by MusicUNTOLD for Soprano Marilyn Horne'Marilyn Horne (L.A. Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Columbia Artists Management Inc. has cancelled an 80th Anniversary Celebration scheduled by MusicUNTOLD for Soprano Marilyn Horne on June 14, 2014 at Long Beach Public Library-Main Library Auditorium followed by reception aboard Queen Mary…

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Dame Harriet Walter stars in my play THIS FRIDAYPlease come to the Brighton Fringe and the MOOT – Music of Our Time series on FRIDAY 9 MAY when the utterly incredible Dame Harriet Walter (above) stars in my play A Walk through the End of Time together with Guy Paul, the wonderful American actor who happens to be her husband.The play, in one act, explores the way Olivier Messiaen created his Quartet for the End of Time in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1940, through the prism of a contemporary story about two people whose lives have been profoundly touched by the work…

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

Arguably, the orchestra field’s two nastiest labor disputes at larger budget orchestras since the economic downturn have been the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra; and now that the latter has seemingly tied up the last of the most prominent loose ends, it will be interesting to juxtapose how each organization manages to cope with post dispute activity…

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ENO new season – 2014/15

– www.planethugill.com

ENO new season - 2014/15English National Opera’s new season is a cunning mixture of exploration and commercialisation. Having finished 2013/14 in financially buoyant mood thanks to a combination of box office sales, co-production partnerships and a judicious one-off donation, their plans released for 2014/15 are clearly aimed at altering the financial base of the company…

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