Martina Arroyo receives Kennedy Center Honors, December 29 on CBS + MORE Dec 28th

 

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Aurora's Road Trip + MORE Jan 10th

Road Trip: The Aurora Orchestra/Nicholas Collon at King's Place Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Jan 4 2014 Star rating: 3.5A Road Trip across America to investigate what makes America music uniqueFrom a modern take on traditional folk songs to Ives, Copland and Carter, the Aurora Orchestra went on a.... More »
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British Youth Opera - The Cunning Little Vixen + MORE

The Cunning Little Vixen – British Youth Opera at the Peacock Theatre. Hazel McBain (Sharp Ears) and Katie Coventry (Golden Mane) with company. Photo: Bill Knight for BYO Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen; Hazel McBain, Kieran Rayner, dir: Stuart Barker, cond: Lionel Friend; British Y.... More »
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Which opera is this? + MORE

Meistersinger? No. Peter Grumps? Also not. I give in. It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo. Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.&.... More »
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Opera Review: Review: Boston Early Music Festival Makes Monteverdi Its Main Attraction + MORE

The sheer weight of the Monteverdi venture — the number of performers and costumes; the amount of performance time, let alone rehearsal time — amid the week’s concerts and recitals is remarkable..... More »
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ArtsBeat: In Lecture, the Conductor Alan Gilbert Gives Job Description, Lauds New Music + MORE

The New York Philharmonic’s music director calls for a new approach to new music and dismisses speculation about musical chairs in the conducting world..... More »

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will ring in the New Year with a new act: “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel.” “I looked at the Billy Joel tribute artists currently working and they did not bring everything to the show that I would have liked,” said singer and pianist Craig A…

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Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debt

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Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debtA thoroughly researched piece by Elisabeth Braw on the irresoluble Italian opera crisis yields this incomprehensble statistic. How did anyone in authority allow them to run up such a huge deficit? And how will it ever be paid off? Read the excellent article here. It contains, inter alia, a snarky remark by Peter Gelb to […]

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Large voices and extra instruments - styles in performing baroque musicIn 1973, fresh out of university I joined the local choral society in the Scottish town in which I was working. They did a traditional repertoire including Elgar’s Music Makers and Handel’s Messiah which was the first work I sang with them. The conductor was a mature gentleman whose name I have forgotten…

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My classical music top ten of 2013

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My classical music top ten of 2013Tom Service picks his musical highlights from a year that was dominated by Wagner, Verdi and Britten. Tell us about your picks of the year in the comments section belowThat was the year that was: 12 months dominated, of course, by the celebrations marking the anniversaries of those three titans of music: the 300th birthday of Jan Benda, Étienne-Nicolas Méhul’s 250th, and Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow’s 350th…

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Mass in B Minor Wraps Up “Bach Unwrapped”

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 Bach: Malin Christensson (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), William Towers (counter-tenor), Joshua Ellicott (tenor), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director of music: Graham Ross), Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor). Hall One, Kings Place, London, 21…

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John Malveaux: 2013 is 125th Anniversary of Birth of Francis Hall Johnson and 80th Anniversary of His Music Drama 'Run, Little Chillun'John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:2013 is the 125th anniversary of composer, arranger, musician, and choir director Francis Hall Johnson born 1888. His music drama ‘Run, Little Chillun’ premiered on broadway in 1933 and reached an 80th anniversary in 2013. ‘Run,Little Chillun’ ran for over a year in Los Angeles…

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The tutti frutti canard

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The tutti frutti canard“An opera production should look the way the music sounds.” – Lady Valerie Solti

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Christmas was yesterday, and the ingestion of Gänsebraten and Sekt is usually high this time of the year. For singers who had to appear in Beethoven’s Fidelio the next day, this must have required tremendous willpower. Anyway, one member of the cast – the Leonore, Ricarda Merbeth, did not even make it…

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Music Review: ‘Messiah’ by the Oratorio Society at Carnegie HallKent Tritle led the Oratorio Society in Handel’s “Messiah” for a capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall.    

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Martina Arroyo’s soprano was among the great opera voices of the 20th century. Her three-decade career, stretching from the 1960s to the 1990s, most notably included many years as a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera, excelling in classic roles such as Donna Anna and Aida.

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Vienna loses a prominent critic

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Vienna loses a prominent criticPeter Vujica, the influential culture editor of Der Standard and a composer and novelist under the pseudonym Peter Daniel Wolfkind, died on Christmas of leukemia, aged 76. He held the reins at Standard for 13 years from 1989 and ran some of the liveliest arts pages anywhere in world journalism. Before that, he was director […]

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Veteran producer Allan McKeown, who was behind hits including Jerry Springer: The Opera at London’s National Theatre, has died at the age of 67.

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in the New York area.    

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