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Savannah Music Festival seduces with classical tunes: Littler + MORE

The 17-day celebration offered all kinds of sounds, including a 10-hour long production of Beethoven's piano sonatas..... More »
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French tips + MORE

Valerian Ruminksi (not pictured), that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him? Well, he joins Anne Midgette and Michelle Paul (director of product development at Patron Technology).... More »

Despite Good Singing Completed Mozart Opera Buffa Fails to Enthral + MORE

Mozart and Stephen Oliver, L’Oca del Cairo: Soloists, Oriana Choir, London Mozart Players, David Parry (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 14.3.2016 (MB) Cast: Don Pippo – Quirijn de Lang Celidora – Fflur Wyn Lavina – Soraya Mafi Biondello – Robert Murray Auretta – Ellie Laug.... More »

Susanna Mälkki : Mahler 6, Francesconi Duende + MORE

Mahler Symphony no 6 with Luca Francesconi's Duende, with Susanna Mälkki conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, last week, available HERE direct from the orchestra's website. Two innovative pieces, written a hundred years apart yet enhancing each other.  Mahler said "music lies not on.... More »

Now Jonas Kaufmann cancels Japan tour + MORE

The unhappy tenor has called off a forthcoming Japan tour, according to his website. The earliest he will return to singing is at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm on December 8. .... More »
Win a copy of Rosalind Plowright's La belle Dame sans merciMezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright has a new disc out next month on Romeo Records, her first recital disc.  La belle dame sans merci includes songs by Alessandro Stradella, Johannes Brahms, Manuel de Falla, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ernest Kaye, Charles Villiers Stanford and Frank Bridge, including Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populare Espanoles and Stanford’s La belle Dame sans merci…

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Venetian Soap

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – L’Ormindo (Wanamaker Playhouse, Friday 4 April 2014)
Ormindo – Samuel Boden
Amidas/Wind – Ed Lyon
Nerillus/Love – James Laing
Erisbe/Music – Susanna Hurrell
Mirinda – Rachel Kelly
Sicle/Lady Luck- Joélle Harvey
Eryka/Wind – Harry Nicoll
King Ariadenus – Graeme Broadbent
Osman/Destiny/Wind – Ashley Riches
Orchestra of Early Opera Company
Christian Curnyn (Director)
Director – Kasper Holten
Designs – Anja Vang Kragh
Movement – Signe Fabricius
I have to start by saying that the Wanamaker Playhouse is a beautiful gem of a theatre…

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WNO’s Winning La Traviata Gets Another Outing

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata (Sung in Italian with subtitles in English and Welsh): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Simon Phillippo  (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 1.4.2014.(RJF) Cast: Violetta Valéry: Linda Richardson. Alfredo Germont: Leonardo Capalbo…

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Royal Opera new season

– www.planethugill.com

Royal Opera new seasonMariusz Kwiecien as King Roger in Santa Fe in 2012The 2014/15 season at Covent Garden has much to enjoy. There are two new Verdi opera productions (I due Foscari and Un ballo in maschera), Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann, Szymanowski’s King Roger with Mariusz Kwiecien, Brecht and Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Mozart’s Idomeneo…

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Barbican HallHaydn – Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb/1Bruckner – Symphony no.7 in E majorTruls Mørk (cello)Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMariss Jansons (conductor) It was the Haydn C major Concerto, which, despite the massed ranks of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Bruckner symphony and the radically smaller ensemble deployed before the interval, received the more compelling performance in this, the second of three Concertgebouw concerto-and-Bruckner programmes…

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For Soprano, From ‘Butterfly’ to ‘Bohème,’ in a FlashKristine Opolais, who sang the title role in “Madama Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera Friday night, stepped in at the last minute Saturday afternoon as Mimi in “La Bohème.”    

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Briefly Noted: Wagner and Dietsch

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Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer (excerpts) / P.-L. Dietsch, Le vaisseau fantôme, ou le maudit des mers, Les Musiciens du Louvre–Grenoble, Eesti Filarmoonia Kammerkoor, M. Minkowski
(released on November 19, 2013)
Naïve V 5349 | 4 CDs
Wagner’s Flying Dutchman was rejected by the Paris Opéra on the basis of its first few pages…

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J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, impress Gerald Fenech. ‘… up there with the best.’

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Met finds last-minute Mimi

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Met finds last-minute MimiKristine Opolais, who sang her first Madam Butterfly at the Met last night, will star again tonight in La Boheme. That’s brave. Ms Opolais is married to the conductor Andris Nelsons. Substitute announcement follows.   Subject: Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory – Today’s La Boheme Kristine Opolais will sing Mimi in today’s matinee performance of […]

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John Malveaux: Daniel Suk Conducted 'Dream' Orchestra in Memorable Mozart 'Requiem' on April 4, Anniversary of Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Maestro Daniel SukPatrick BlackwellJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Korean-American Maestro Daniel Suk conducted a memorable performance of Mozart Requiem in tribute to Dr. MLK Jr. on April 4 anniversary of King’s assassination featuring the Dream Orchestra, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Choir, and Opera Chorus of Los Angeles…

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Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Chorus of the AAM/Egarr (director and harpsichord)(AAM)Following concert performances last year, the Academy of Ancient Music and a small choral ensemble singing four to a part have recorded the 1724 version of the St John Passion, which Bach would later revise and elaborate…

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Powder Her Face; Through His Teeth  reviewThomas Adès’s 1995 Powder Her Face still startles in a fine ENO production. And it’s been a big week for the Royal Opera"She is a Don Juan among women," pronounces the judge, summing up the high-society divorce trial in Powder Her Face. He condemns the Duchess she whose face requires powdering as unfit for marriage, perverted and insatiable, with sexual predilections "seldom found north of Marrakech"…

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Faust, Royal Opera House, review

– www.telegraph.co.uk

An electrifying Bryn Terfel queens it over the orgy in this gripping production from David McVicar    

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