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Technocratic Pelléas Shuns the Magic + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Franck Ollu (conductor). Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. 10.4.2016 (GF) Production: Director: Keith Warner Sets and costumes: Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting design: Mark Jonathan Cast: Mélisande – Kers.... More »
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Review: Berkeley Symphony's elegant 'Imagination' program + MORE

The Berkeley Symphony's Thursday program, conducted by Joana Carneiro at Zellerbach Hall, was all about storytelling. Works by Ravel and Jake Heggie -- spare and exquisite compositions -- evoked actual narratives. Brahms' Symphony No. 4 told its own kind of big metaphysical tale..... More »
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Toxic Psalms,’ in the Prototype Festival, Explores Ethical Choices + MORE

“Toxic Psalms,” the latest production by the vocal ensemble Carmina Slovenica, is a meditation on a collective’s ethical choices..... More »
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Schumann: Symphonic Works CD review – Holliger makes Manfred crackle + MORE

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Holliger(Audite)Heinz Holliger began his survey of Schumann’s orchestral music three years ago with the First Symphony. He ends it now with a collection of the overtures, alongside the two-movement torso of the so-called Zwickau Symphony from 1833, which is all that rem.... More »
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Winter and Spring season at the Howard Assembly Rooms + MORE

Howard Assembly RoomsOpera North's activities in Leeds cover far more than just opera (see my article about the 2017/2018 season), and the Howard Assembly Rooms forms the focus of the company's smaller scale activities. The lively season there continues on 19 January 2017 with a collaboration with L.... More »
Aldeburgh Music has an enviable track record in opera productions in recent years, but this year’s offering represented a tougher proposition. While Britten’s Owen Wingrave is a sensible choice for the World War One centenary year, it is a work one previous encounter with which led me to feel is not on a level with masterpieces like Grimes and Budd, and I wondered in advance how this new production would fare…

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The director, Penny Woolcock, unwittingly emphasises the pure hokum of Bizet’s opera, says John Allison

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In Brief: Back from the Lake Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Paul Agnew leads members of Les Arts Florissants in a complete performance of Monteverdi’s seventh book of madrigals…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Cimbalom but Were Afraid to Ask: A Discussion with Nick TolleNick Tolle, cimbalomNicholas Tolle is one of the few professional cimbalom players in the country. He has performed with some of the world’s preeminent ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Festival, working with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Daniel Harding, and David Zinman…

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 Links to some relevant articles and a few thoughts of my own about the opera. More to come, no doubt.Joshua Kosman has an opinion piece in the Chronicle today about the Met’s decision to cancel the HD broadcast of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. He doesn’t mince any words, calling the decision “craven” and “a new marker for institutional cowardice…

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Interval Adventures: Firenze!

– operaobsession.blogspot.com

Interval Adventures: Firenze!As Gianni Schicchi reminds us, Florence is a beautiful city. I was delighted to have the opportunity to revisit it, with an academic conference to attend, and time set aside for exploring. I also made time to attend a concert, on which more later. On my exploratory ventures, I discovered a curiosity: a plaster model for a monumental memorial to soprano Virginia de Blasis…

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Nuns and chisellers

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Nuns and chisellersThe French word ‘ciseleur’ is preferable, and, embracing as it does ‘engraver’, gives a better sense of the guild to which that master goldsmith and fantasist Benvenuto Cellini belonged. But the point here is to contrast the feminine strength of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with the testosterone-driven wonders of Berlioz’s liveliest opera – indeed, possibly the liveliest opera in the repertoire – which I had the good fortune to see on consecutive nights last week (Royal Opera images by Stephen Cummiskey; ENO photos by Richard Hubert Smith)…

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Soprano out of opera over anti-gay post

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OPERA Australia has released Tamar Iveri from Sydney performances of Otello amid protests about anti-gay comments.

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HeraldNews.com: 'Fall River Symphony Orchestra names new conductor: Douglas McRay Daniels looking forward to new season'Douglas McRay DanielsBetty Yokell, Board Member of the Fall River Symphony Orchestra, writes of the four-way conducting competition in which Douglas McRay Daniels was rated the top candidate by audience members who completed evaluations after each concert:Hello,There is a great article in the Herald News, 6/15/14, on Ray…

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Opera Australia sacks singer

– www.dailytelegraph.com.au

A SINGER who described gay protesters as “fecal masses” has been sacked by Opera Australia. Georgian performer Tamar Iveri will no longer be appearing in Othello next week.

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Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe convincingly portrays Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s finely crafted but slightly bland new opera

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Four-month-old baby gets role in Pelleas et MelisandeDirector Joel Ivany and opera singer Miriam Khalil have cast their newborn Sammy as the baby in their production of Pelleas et Melisande

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Lee Hyla — a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music compose who composed for artists including the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — has died in Chicago at age 62.

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