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Mrs Doubtfire musical in the works + MORE

Composer of Disney's Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors reveals he's working on a musical based on the 1993 film..... More »
classical music

Handel's Serse from Longborough's young artists + MORE

Jake Arditti, with Jon Stainsby & Lucinda Stuart Grant in the backgroundHandel's Serse   photo Robert Workman Handel Serse; Jake Arditti, Alice Privett, Tai Oney, Abbi Temple, Lucinda Stuart Grant, Jon Stainsby, Matthew Durkan, dir: Jenny Miller, cond: Jeremy Silver; Longborough Festival.... More »
symphonies news

Met soprano will sing at Carnegie Hall after running NY marathon + MORE

Susanna Phillips will sing the national anthem before running the New York marathon this Sunday. That’s the easy part. Monday night she’s down to sing Juraj Filas’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. No time to catch her breath. .... More »
conductors

Pfft! + MORE

On this day in 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7-nbHD3lBg Born on this day in 1770 composer Ludwig van Beethoven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHqmIbo8sdI Born on this day in 1775 composer Adrien .... More »
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TSO posts surplus for 2015-16; broader financial picture revealed + MORE

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s expenses ballooned by almost a third under former president and CEO Jeff Melanson’s two-year tenure.... More »
Social media hysteria will not help new musicI decided to set some of the Vespers texts that Monteverdi had set, but I did not want to write an orthodox Roman Catholic Vespers. Religious music is difficult to write nowadays because most composers (I think it is fair to speak generally) can no longer feel themselves part of established religions; yet the religious impulse is there in all of us, and religious works of some kind are, I think, still needed…

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Does your day need a power-up? Choose one of these four classical compositions to play in your earbuds: within an hour, you'll be raring and ready to face whatever life throws at you.

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Coronation of Poppea at Grimeborn FestivalRosie Aldridge and Elizabeth Holmes Monteverdi The Coronation of Poppea; Ryedale Festival Opera, director Nina Brazier, music director Christopher Glynn; Grimeborn Festival at Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 28 2014 Star rating: 5.0Small scale, but entrancing and engrossing production of Monteverdi’s final operaRyedale Festival Opera brought its production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre on 29 August 2014…

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Magnificent Verdi Requiem

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Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orfeón Donostiarra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Kursaal Centre, San Sebastiàn, Spain, 26.8.2014 (JMI) Cast: Soprano: Camilla Nylund Mezzo soprano: Karen Cargill Tenor: Saimir Pirgu Bass: Mikhail Petrenko The closing days of the 75th Donostia-San Sebastiàn Musical Festival feature the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and its director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose presence […]

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Peking Opera at the Kennedy Center

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Jingju Theater Company of Beijing (photo by Lei Wang)
It has been quite a year for Chinese cultural organizations here in Washington. After tours by the China National Symphony Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra last year, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing came to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Wednesday and Thursday night, for the first of two performances, another example of

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Shopping season

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Shopping seasonAfter a long summer drought, suddenly new Blu-ray and DVD releases are falling, as it were, from the sky. La Cieca invites the cher public to peruse a gaggle of operatic offerings after the jump.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. “A fresh, charming and perceptive production, magical and irresistible!” (New York Times) This new staging of Richard Wagner’s Meistersinger burst upon the Salzburg Festival like a thunderclap…

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Sure, Huey Lewis got his in American Psycho – but as any regular filmgoer has noticed, filmmakers absolutely love to make their villains aficionados of classical music.

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Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across America

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Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across AmericaDavid Presly plays oboe in the Royal Opera House orchestra.
It’s a dark and arduous job, with few whiffs of fresh air.
So when school is out, David gets on his bike and just rides. One summer he cycled from Britain to Iran.
This month, he’s pedalling from San Francisco to New York, kipping down in motels and tents…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Gluck, Jonathan Biss, Morton Feldman and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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Proms 2014: when Benjamin Grosvenor met Judith WeirThe pianist and composer came together to create a world premiere for the Proms. How did they get on?Beethoven rarely comments on his work these days. Chopin is also frustratingly silent. To talk to them about playing their music would be fascinating (and absurdly intimidating) and it is tantalising to imagine the surprises that might emerge in the difference between what "tradition" dictates, and the composer’s actual intentions and preferences…

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Choral at Cadogan - 2014/15 season launchLast night, 28 August, Cadogan Hall launched the 2014/15 Choral at Cadogan series with a short taster from Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. The group performed three works from the Metamorphosis programme which they will be presenting at Cadogan Hall on 23 October 2014. We heard Palestrina’s Magnificat for Double Choir, a glorious work in which Palestrina starts out traditionally using the two choirs alternately but eventually varies the groupings of voices to magical effect, Orlando Gibbons’ Nunc dimittis from the ‘Short’ service which is a simple but very effective piece with a fabulous Amen, and finally Arvo Part’s Nunc Dimittis, a quietly spare work where Part reserves the climaxes for key moments such as the word ‘lumen’…

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Ricardo Muti • Wiener Philharmoniker
The Death of a Symphony

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On paper, Riccardo Muti might be suited to Bruckner, with his tendencies to regal, broad and mellifluous textures. On record, that has not borne out: Muti doesn’t touch Bruckner often; his best—the Fourth with the Berlin Philharmonic (

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Lost in space

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Lost in spaceIt’s rare to encounter a video of an opera that has zero redeeming qualities, but I think I might have found it: the latest Arena di Verona La Traviata. It’s truly awful from every perspective: singing, acting, production, musical values. There’s really just no reason it’s on the market. The liner notes say that the performance took place in 2011…

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