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John Adams and Peter Sellars Again Joining Forces for New Opera + MORE

“Girls of the Golden West,” about the women of California’s Gold Rush, will receive its world premiere at San Francisco Opera in 2017..... More »
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Video Premiere: Chance the dog (the song) + MORE

Alright, I’ll just say it: I love percussion ensembles. From So Percussion, to Ensemble, et al., Yarn | Wire, Third.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Exclusive: Washington rejigs Glass premiere + MORE

Washington National Opera has been scouring the world for a conductor after Dennis Russell Davies underwent knee surgery and pulled out of next month’s production of Philip Glass’s opera, Appomattox. The score is now in the hands of the Italian conductor and composer, Dante Santiago Anz.... More »
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Women on the verge + MORE

On this day premiered three masterpieces of the primo ottocento: Anna Bolena in 1830, Norma in 1831 and Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3wGdu7u8q8 Born on this day in 1897 mezzo-soprano Marion Telva http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf97ztkARXw Born on this day in .... More »
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Bartók Shostakovich Bělohlávek Prom 7 + MORE

Jiří Bělohlávek made a welcome return to the BBC Proms. Sakari Oramo is a good Chief Conductor of the BBCSO but Bělohlávek was unique. He conducted the BBC SO from 1995, becoming the first non-British Chief Conductor in 2006, and serving in that capacity until 2012. He then decided to concentr.... More »

New year, New York, new opera

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New year, New York, new operaSilvester fireworks in MainzI have an operatically eventful January ahead of me here in Germany: Enescu in Frankfurt, Verdi in München, hopefully a Wozzeck double-bill in Darmstadt, and if I can manage it, Elektra in Dresden. I am, believe it or not, planning to get some work done as well. But while all this excitement is keeping me busy over here, my beloved New York will also be having a very exciting month of opera…

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The Use of Buddhist and Hindu Concepts in Wagner's Stage Works - Peter BassettBuddha: V&A MuseumThe following is taken from a presentation given by Wagner scholar Peter Bassett during the Melbourne Ring in 2013 – which can be heard by clicking here. Printed here with kind permission of the author.Peter, is author, among much else, of lasts years study of Wagner and Verdi: 1813: Wagner and Verdi…

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The comedic musicians Igudesman & Joo were on hand (and foot) for the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert.    

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Jeremy Sams’ production of Johann Strauss’s operetta is a lavish but clunky marathon in which everyone mugs, prances, struts, kicks – and talks

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The best (and worst) orchestra shoes in the world

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The best (and worst) orchestra shoes in the worldA discussion with orchestra friends raised the vexed (and little treated) question of podiatric etiquette. What should players wear on their feet, for comfort and elegance, in both rehearsal and concert? Which would you say is the best (and worst) shod orchestra on the world? Do send in some pictures…

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It Has Come To Our Attention That The Musicians Are Armed

When you work in this field long enough, you come across opportunities to snag some rare items that document some of the more remarkable occurrences. For example, my wife has a copy of the Richmond (VA) Symphony memo sent to musicians reminding them that firearms are not permitted at services. She keeps a framed copy in the dining room for posterity and it never fails to serve as a great conversation piece…

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Erik Satie’s Hackney house

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Erik Satie's notorious Vexations has inspired the design of a new house to be built in Stoke Newington. The composer suggested the work's few lines should be repeated 840 times, turning each rare performance into a full day marathon. This generated the plan for a sculptural, unresolved spiral form…

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Stressed Strauss, Fixing Die Fledermaus

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Stressed Strauss, Fixing Die FledermausOn New Year’s Eve, the Met unveiled its new Strauss Die Fledermaus, directed by Jeremy Sams.  From still photos, it looks stunning, with designs by Robert Jones. That giant dome (vaguely like a punch bowl) looks as if it’s about to explode, drowning the cast. The plot revolves on cheating and deception…

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Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier; Velléda; Polyeucte – reviewLes Siècles/Roth(Musicales Actes Sud)After discs devoted to Théodore Dubois and Debussy, François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra turn their period-instrument attentions to another French composer whose career straddled the turn of the 20th century. All three of Paul Dukas’s works here, though, belong to the 19th century…

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¡Figaro! Morningside's Mozartean morality play

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¡Figaro! Morningside's Mozartean morality playSusanna and Figaro discuss the futurePhoto (c) Karen Almond/Morningside Opera Morningside Opera is currently performing a run of ¡Figaro! (90210), an opera consisting of a rearrangement of Mozart's Nozze score to a libretto by Vid Guerrerio based on Da Ponte's. Guerrerio's vision for the updated plot results in substantial cuts, an addition (fleshing out Cherubino and Barbarina's relationship) and some reordering…

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Kate Soper and Gelsey Bell, by Kobi Davis

Welcome to 2014—and what a crazy weekend for contemporary American opera in NYC January 11-12 is turning out to be. Not only will the second PROTOTYPE Festival be in full swing (about which more to come), but Morningside Opera will present Here Be Sirens, a new chamber opera by composer-vocalist Kate Soper, at Dixon Place on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon…

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An Ishmaelite welcome

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An Ishmaelite welcomeIt’s the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz, Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L’enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: ‘away with you, filthy Jews!’ An Ishmaelite father, however, welcomes them into a lively household…

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Rutland Boughton - centenary of the Glastonbury festivals2014 is the centenary of the founding of the original festival at Glastonbury by the composer Rutland Boughton. At his Glastonbury festivals Boughton had mounted over 350 staged works; 100 chamber concerts, a number of exhibitions and series of lectures and recitals. The Rutland Boughton Music Trust plans to celebrate this…

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