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Whispering or Yelling, Young Composers Tell It + MORE

  MATA Festival, Concerts I and V: “Curiouser and Curiouser” and “Incomparable Contrivances”: Curious Chamber Players (April 14), Talea Ensemble (April 18), The Kitchen, New York City. 14/18.4.2015 (BH) April 14 Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga: Jintili (2012) Tomi Räisänen: Sthe.... More »
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Enthralling Andsnes and friends + MORE

Photo: Andrew Crowley Yesterday afternoon a full Chicago Orchestra Hall was treated to some thrilling music making from Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, German violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen.  They were immersed as one in the .... More »
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New York Times: Seeing Voting Rights Under Siege, Philip Glass Rewrites an Opera ["Appomattox"] + MORE

The composer Philip Glass at Kennedy Center, where a revised version of his opera “Appomattox” will be staged. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times        Soloman Howardwww.etudearts.comThe New York.... More »
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An opera for 9/11 ? Dealing with trauma in art + MORE

More thoughts on Tansy Davies Between Worlds at the ENO, for the 9/11 was such a horror that it would be inhuman not to respond in some way.  The idea that 9/11 shouldn't inspire opera is a non-issue. Not all operas are song and dance routines! Anyone familiar with Davies 's music would have kn.... More »
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Bryn Plus + MORE

I had a wonderful interview with Bryn Terfel last week and it is in today's Independent, here. Bryn sings the lead in Der fliegende Holländer at Covent Garden, opening tonight.Here are a few bonus bits of the interview.Bryn on...Andris Nelsons (who conducts the Wagner tonight):"The first time I met.... More »
The New York Chamber Music Festival has stepped up during the early September lull in the classical music calendar with innovative programs at Symphony Space.

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The winners of the 2014 Operalia competition were announced Saturday evening at the conclusion of the finals competition held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tenor Mario Chang from Guatemala and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen of the U.S. took home the two first-place prizes.

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Festival Director Ends Tenure with Powerful New Work

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           Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (20) – Mills, Janáček: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Thomas Trotter (organ), Ilan Volkov (conductor) Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 30.8.2014 (SRT) Hibla Gerzmava (soprano) Claudia Huckle (mezzo) Simon O’Neill (tenor) Jan Martiník (bass) Andrew Staples (tenor in Sandakan Threnody)   Mills:                     Sandakan Threnody Janáček:                Glagolitic […]

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B Tommy Andersson - new BBC NOW composer-in-residenceB Tommy AnderssonPhoto: Jan-Olav WedinThe Swedish composer B. Tommy Andersson has been appointed the composer-in-residence with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Their first joint event will be the orchestra’s concert on October 3, when the programme will include Andersson’s Garden of Delights. Andersson is not a particularly well known composer in the UK and I spoke to him by phone to find out more about the residency and his work…

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Prom 58: Richard Strauss's Salome

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Prom 58: Richard Strauss's SalomeNina Stemme Richard Strauss Salome; Nina Stemme, Doris Soffel, Burkhard Ulrich, Samuel Youn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe, youthful and intensely dramatic performance of the title role, complemented by glorious orchestral playingThe BBC Proms continued its Richard Strauss celebrations with a performance of his first major operatic success Salome…

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Delusion of the Fury  Heiner Goebbels brings an extraordinary opera to lifeKing’s theatre, EdinburghWith its unique instruments and otherworldly rituals, Harry Partch’s opera is strange, beautiful and utterly compelling Harry Partch how Heiner Goebbels bought Delusion of the Fury to EdinburghHeiner Goebbels has been a regular visitor to the Edinburgh festival since the 1990s; a succession of his unique music-theatre hybrids, from Black on White in 1997 onwards, have had their British premieres there…

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Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57

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Triumphant  Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding’s Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner Philharmoniker, read more HERE) are pretty much the benchmark by which all other performances are assessed…

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Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss’s decadent masterpiece

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"It's got to be obsessive." Meet Mark-Anthony TurnageI went to see Mark-Anthony Turnage the other week to talk to him about the revival of Anna Nicole that is to open the Royal Opera House’s new season (11 Sept). Article is in the Independent now and the uncut version is below. First, a taster: the PARTAY scene with the amazing team of Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Howard Stern…

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It has been said many times (and by Strauss himself) that the title role of Strauss’ Salome requires at least two different voices. Nina Stemme has both of them. And so seamlessly, artfully, are they rolled into one that it is hard to think of any other singer at the present time who better encapsulates and commands every facet of the role, both vocally and dramatically…

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Roaring our heads off

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Roaring our heads off…for these two, Nina Stemme and Donald Runnicles (which also means the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra), in a shatteringly great Proms Salome. No need to add much to the rave over on The Arts Desk but I wanted to include a few more of Chris Christodoulou’s photos, which arrived as usual punktlich not long after I got back from the Albert Hall last night…

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Stemme's stunning Salome Prom 58

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Stemme's stunning Salome Prom 58Stunning Nina Stemme Strauss Salome Prom 58.  Full review in Opera Today by Robert Hugill”The problem with Salome (written in 1905), is that though premiered barely a century ago it dates from an era of different performing styles. Dramatic sopranos had voices which were more lithe, more narrow in focus…

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