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Mozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary + MORE

Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., we'll air the Minnesota Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera..... More »
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A labour of love: John Joubert's Jane Eyre + MORE

The South-African born composer John Joubert (based in the UK since the late 1940s) will celebrate his 90th birthday in 2017, and in celebration his opera Jane Eyre is being recorded on the SOMM label. The opera is being given in concert on 25 October 2017 (the work's world premiere) with Kenne.... More »
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Late Sonatas: András Schiff at the Berliner Philharmonie + MORE

 Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert: András Schiff (piano), Kammermusiksaal, Berliner Philharmonie, 22.03.15 (HR) Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob XVI:52 Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, KV 576 Franz Schubert: Piano Sona.... More »
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5 Questions to David Smooke (composer, toy pianist) + MORE

Peabody Conservatory professor David Smooke is also a composer and performer. He has a new album out called Nutshell Studies of.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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On The Air This Week + MORE

Highlights from Feb. 23 to March 1 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Choral Stream: The Phoenix Chorale’s and Kansas City Chorale’s Grammy-winning recording: Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vespers. Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amac.... More »

Offenbach's Fantasio

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Offenbach's Fantasio Offenbach Fantasio; Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder; Opera Rara Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 13 2014 Star rating: 5.0Charming and enlightening account of Offenbach’s late, romantic operettaOffenbach’s Fantasio can be seen as something of a missing link, coming as it does between his two romantic operas, Die Rheinnixen (1864) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (1880)…

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Opening its 13th season, Symphony Silicon Valley took a trip with Hector Berlioz, that composer of delicious brews — of fantastical reveries and rustic dances, of strange dramatic narratives. The weekend program included his ‘Harold in Italy,’ featuring viola soloist Patricia Whaley, as well as works by Respighi and Verdi…

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English Concert/Bicket review  an austere and joyous reading of BachBridgewater Hall, ManchesterThe extraordinary vision of the B Minor Mass was captured so expertly it felt like a portal to the futureNo one other than Bach knows why, after a lifetimes service of the Lutheran church, he chose to spend his final years assembling a Latin mass of such stylistic grandeur and exceptional length that it could never be performed as part of any service…

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Requiem for secret women’s language

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THE most anticipated event of this year’s OzAsia Festival was the return appearance of Chinese composer Tan Dun.

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Defending 'anti-Semitic' opera in NYCSydney Symphony conductor David Robertson has been forced to defend his work.

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Diese Toilette nur an

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Diese Toilette nur anOn this day in 1836, Thomas Crapper, English plumber, was born.

Born on this day in 1803 novelist Prosper Mérimée

Born on this day in 1901 television host Ed Sullivan

Born on this day in 1908 composer Marin Goleminov

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 BBC Prom 75 –  Cerha, Beethoven: Christina Landshamer (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor), Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass), Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir and Children’s Choir, Leipzig Opera Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Alan Gilbert (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 12…

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Music Review: Andris Nelsons Begins Tenure Leading Boston SymphonyAndris Nelsons went with a mixed program to start his reign as the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Mystery great Wagnerian Závodszky Zoltán

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Mystery great Wagnerian Závodszky ZoltánWho was Závodszky Zoltán ? A friend sent a link to an hour long documentary about him, with lots of clips and rare photos, but it’s all in Hungarian. Help, please !From what we’ve been able to gather, Závodszky (1892-1976) was a famous Hungarian tenor, who specialized in Wagner, singing mainly in Hungarian translation…

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Just in: ‘Opera singer’ gets married

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Just in: ‘Opera singer’ gets marriedOur social affairs correspondent reports:
Katherine Jenkins, popularly referred to as an opera singer though she has never sung an opera, married Andrew Levitas, an American film producer, at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday night.
Ms Jenkins, 34, looked happy.

The couple are said to have received both Christian and Jewish blessings.

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Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women review  ancient words live againAdelaide festival theatreOscar-winning composer Tan Dun weaves near-extinct womens language of Nu Shu into a moving multimedia experienceAcademy and Grammy award-winner Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has chronicled the secrets of ancient and storied women in his latest artistic endeavour, Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women…

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Stellar Debuts in Covent Garden’s Il barbiere

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 Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Cast; Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 29.09.2014 (CC)     Cast Figaro: Lucas Meachem Count Almaviva: Michele Angelini Rosina: Serena Malfi Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli Don Basilio: Mauruzio Muraro Berta: Janis Kelly Fiorello: Wyn Pencarreg Ambroglio: Jonathan […]

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Andris Nelsons’ first night: So how was it for you?

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Andris Nelsons’ first night: So how was it for you?It was a gala night at the Boston Symphony, ushering in the new music director with the help of two singing stars – Jonas Kaufmann and the conductor’s wife, Kristine Opolais. Except Mrs Nelsons was not, apparently, feeling well. Read first review from our pals at Boston CR here.

UPDATE: First video:

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