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Classical Music News - Daniel Catán + MORE

Excerpts from Daniel Catán's unfinished opera 'Meet John Doe' are to be performed in a workshop in January 2015.... More »

NEW! Garsington Opera Teams Up with Royal Shakespeare Theatre for its 2015 Season + MORE

Garsington Opera Teams Up with Royal Shakespeare Theatre for its 2015 Season   Garsington Opera presents its 26th season with three new productions – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo, Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice and Mozart’s Così fan tutte.  The season at Wormsley, sponsored by JLT.... More »

Everybody gets his kicks some way + MORE

On this day in 1959 Susan Hayward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in I Want to Live.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU1I-1v0420 Born on this day in 1916 mezzo-soprano Martha Lipton. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=uycoIHYFNcI Born on this day in 1921 composer Andrew Imbrie. .... More »

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 »

EIF 2015 – HMS Pinafore, or, Showing London How It's Done (Again) + MORE

This concert performance of HMS Pinafore continues two trends of the 2015 Festival. First, like the semi-staged Budapest Figaro it contained more drama than many fully staged operas seen in London this season (the contrast with ENO's dull fully staged Pirates was especially telling). Second, it.... More »

Conversations, Sounds, and Oceans

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“Conversations” from Ensemble ACJW, 29 April
The “Philadelphia Sound” let loose on Bruckner, 2 May
The Seattle Symphony brings John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean to “Spring for Music”, 6 MayFiled under: Concerts

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Howard Hanson’s opera about Puritan fanaticism and cruel demonism in 17th-century Massachusetts still sounds bloated and bombastic after 80 years

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Ken-David Masur has been appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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My day in Berlin

– briandickie.typepad.com

Berlin Cathedral 5:30 pm May 7 2014
On arriving in Berlin yesterday morning I made my way to the Schiller Theatre, temporary home of the Berlin Staatsoper whilst the famous building on Unter den Linden is undergoing major works.  The Staatsoper has a first class young artists programme with with a compact group of young singers from around the world doing valuable work as members of the Staatsoper ensemble…

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Big gong for John Tom

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Big gong for John TomThe Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of classical music’s highest honours, is to be awarded to the great Wagnerian bass, Sir John Tomlinson.    It will be presented to ‘John Tom’ next Tuesday by RPS Chair, John Gilhooly. The Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s highest honour (and one of the world’s most […]

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Two for the price of one - Rosenblatt RecitalLuca GiordanoAt Monday (5/5/2014) night’s Rosenblatt Recital at the Wigmore Hall, was supposed to be a recital from the veteran tenor Dennis O’Neill. In the event O’Neill was unable to perform and in his place we were treated to two tenors of the younger generation. London-based Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes and Italian tenor Giordano Luca shared the programme, both accompanied by pianist James Baillieu…

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NEW! CBSO 2014/15 Season; Farewell to Andris Nelsons

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  CBSO 2014/15 Season; Farewell to Andris Nelsons   The 2014/15 season will be Andris Nelsons’ seventh and last as the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Details of the season have just been announced. For this one season he’ll be combining the CBSO role with his new post with the Boston Symphony […]

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble at 2014 Piccolo Spoleto: R. Nathaniel Dett ['Chariot Jubilee'] to Moses G. Hogan • Saturday, May 31, 2014[R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Chariot Jubilee, which is on this program, is one of the composer’s choral masterworks…

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(L to R) Corey Evan Rotz (Second Priest), Wei Wu (Second Armored Man), Soloman Howard (Sarastro), Joseph Kaiser (Tamino), Maureen McKay (Pamina), David Pittsinger (Speaker), Yi Li (First Armored Man), and James Shaffran (First Priest)
in The Magic Flute, Washington National Opera, 2014 (photo by Scott Suchman)
Every couple years, we seem to review a new production of Die Zauberflöte, Mozart’s

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‘Magic Flute’ B Cast

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Charles T. Downey, Washington National Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’ features strong opening and alternative casts
Washington Post, May 7, 2014

Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, D. Behle, M. Petersen, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2010)
Washington National Opera opened a new production of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” on Saturday night, featuring psychedelic, potentially

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A critical guide to exhibitions and installations in the New York area.

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You Might Think The Met Labor Fight Is Between Employer And Union, But You’d Be Wrong

The New York Times published an article by Michael Cooper on 5/5/2014 that reports on the official opening of negotiations between The Metropolitan Opera (The Met) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the chorus, dancer, singer, and stage manager union. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that bargaining started off in the worst way; in fact, it appeared to simply be an extension of the public theatrics both sides have been tossing about for a few weeks now…

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British opera star Sir John Tomlinson is awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal – one of classical music’s highest honours.

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