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La Traviata, Glyndebourne, review: 'exquisitely conducted' + MORE

Glyndebourne's new production of Verdi's La Traviata is a satisfyingly elegant one.... More »
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An Atheist Composer on Choral Music + MORE

Have you wanted to compose choral music but have not—or have you ignored the contemporary choral scene altogether—because of its religious association?.... More »
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Ask Alice + MORE

'Death of a Salesman', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh.... More »
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Ambitious Royal Opera House 2015/2016 season + MORE

The Royal Opera House 2015/2016 season is one of the best for a long time. Eight new productions in the main auditorium alone, and a florescence of new work at the Linbury, before it closes for refurbishment.  An ambitious range from the baroque to the modern.   Juan Diego Flórez sin.... More »
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Nancy Graham Holm: Mozart and the Stone Thrower: The Redemptive Power of Music + MORE

Often films and stories from Israel and Palestine concentrate on the conflict between these two cultures, rather than life as it is experienced on the ground; daily life amid stoning, shooting and bomb explosions. Read more: Classical Music, Daniel Barenboïm, Yo-Yo Ma, Palestine, Edwar.... More »
 Tchaikovsky, Anna Karenina: Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum, London, 19.04.2014 (J.O’D)   Dancers Anna:  Natalia Povoroznyuk Karenin: Oleg Markov Vronsky: Oleg Gabyshev Aigerim Beketyaya, Dmitry Fisher, Denis Klimuk, Yulia Manjeles, Oleg Markov, Natalia Povoroznyuk, Angela Prokhorova, Sergey Volubuev Production Director: Boris Eifman Sets: Zinovy Margolin Costumes: Vyacheslav Okunev Lighting: Gleb Filshtinsky   On its […]

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The production was in dire need of at least one charismatic performer to lift up the proceedings and spur the show onward. No such hero emerged.

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In Brief: Resurrection Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting Concentus Musicus Wien, the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and

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"If life were just, I would become a great conductor"One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*. My mother had given in to my pleas for the 78 rpm records. She thought the music completely unappealing and constantly yelled at me for turning the volume up, but I loved her without bounds for buying me the ninety-eight cent record…

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Regna tristezza sul destino mioOur dear and invaluable Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin offers us a new classic this week, a live recording of Anna Netrebko‘s collaboration with Riccardo Muti on Manon Lescaut.
Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Opera di Roma
Riccardo Muti, conductor
02 March 2014
Manon Lescaut – Anna Netrebko
Des Grieux – Yusif Eyvazov
Lescaut – Giorgio Caoduro
Geronte – Carlo Lepore
Edmondo – Alessandro Liberatore
Oste – Stefano Meo
Maestro di ballo – Andrea Giovannini
Una musico – Roxana Constantinescu
Sergente – Gianfranco Montresor
Lampionaio – Giorgio Trucco
Comandante – Paolo Battaglia

Photo: Silvia Lelli

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand

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Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

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This week: concerts in New York (April 21 – April 27, 2014)The Business of Being a Composer Part 2 | MATA FestivalMATA FestivalThe legendary Ralph N. Jackson will host a workshop on the business of being a composer. The second of two such workshops during this year’s festival, this one will focus on how to present yourself and interact with existing classical music institutions…

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Power duo Pergolesi

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Power duo PergolesiSonia Prina Pergolesi Stabat Mater: Roberta Invernizzi, Sonia Prina, the English Concert, Bernard Labadie: the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 17 2014 Star rating: 5.0Star duet partnership Roberta Invernizzi and Sonia Prina in Pergolesi’s Stabat MaterThe English Concert’s appearance, conducted by Bernard Labadie, at the Wigmore Hall on 17 April 2014 was clearly designed to showcase the talents of soprano Roberta Invernizzi and contralto Sonia Prina; both Italian and developing something of a reputation as a duet partnership in early music…

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Parsifal, Oper Leipzig, 18 April 2014

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Leipzig Opera HouseParsifal – Daniel KirchGurnemanz – Jan Hendrik RooteringKlingsor – Jürgen KurthKundry – Kathrin GöringAmfortas – Mathias HausmannTiturel – Mitcho BorovinovKnights of the Graail – Keith Boldt, Mitcho BorovinovEsqures – Viktorija Kaminskaite, Jean Broekhuizen, Sebastian Fuchsberger, Tommaso RandazzoFlowermaidens – Menna Davies, Paula Rummel, Jean Broekhuizen, Viktorija Kaminskaite, Eva Schuster, Sandra JankeVoice from Above – Sandra JankeRoland Aeschlimann (director, designs)Susanne Raschig (costumes)Lucinda Childs (movement)Lukas Kaltenbäck (lighting)Children’s Choir, Women of the Youth Choir, Chorus, and Additional Chorus of the Leipzig Opera (chorus master: Alessandro Zuppardo)Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraUlf Schirmer (conductor) I have praised Roland Aeschlimann’s Leipzig (and Geneva) staging of Parsifal before…

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Music for string quartet by Toshio Hosokawa, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… the Arditti ensemble produces the effect masterfully.’

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SDO Mass Board Exodus But Controversial Exec Remains

Following last week’s board meeting at the San Diego Opera (SDO), several key board members responsible for the initial decision to shut down the company resigned, including SDO Board President Karen Cohn. This doesn’t come as an unexpected surprise but the real curiosity here is the retention of the company’s general and artistic director, Ian Campbell; a figure many believe is the source of this quake…

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John Malveaux: 'Meet Michele Rivet and learn about Kimbanquist Symphony Orchestra via CBS 60 Minutes and KUSC Arts Alive'November 15, 2007Georges Octors (b. 1923), Congolese Violinist & Conductor in BelgiumAfriClassical first wrote of the connection between the Congo and Classical Music in 2007.  In 2010 we learned Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra had visited the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in 2001…

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