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British Youth Opera - The Cunning Little Vixen + MORE

The Cunning Little Vixen – British Youth Opera at the Peacock Theatre. Hazel McBain (Sharp Ears) and Katie Coventry (Golden Mane) with company. Photo: Bill Knight for BYO Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen; Hazel McBain, Kieran Rayner, dir: Stuart Barker, cond: Lionel Friend; British Y.... More »
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Faith in Nazi Opera Conspiracies Reveals Unpleasant Truths About Modern Israel + MORE

Other the last three years, one tenacious dogma that has been systematically debunked on this blog has been that of the Nazi opera conspiracy theory, which claims that National Socialism was an operatic movement secretly based on Wagnerian principles, and that Hitler set out on a lifelong mission si.... More »
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V!ola Day 2.0 + MORE

By Kate Little: P!ty the poor violinist who loves the sound of viola, but is too small to ever play the instrument. The next best thing she can do is hang out with violists, a glorious lot. Enter V!ola Day 2.0. V!ola Day, a production of the Utah Viola Society (rocking the alto clef in the beehive.... More »
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An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016 + MORE

Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations wil.... More »
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ENO up for classical music award + MORE

The English National Opera is up for a Royal Philharmonic Society award, while there are double nominations for the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Royal Opera House and the Arditti Quartet..... More »

Welsh Exodus

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Review – Moses und Aron (Welsh National Opera, Covent Garden, Saturday 26 July 2014)
Moses – John Tomlinson
Aron – Rainer Trost
Chorus & Extra Chorus of Welsh National Opera
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
Directors – Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito
Revival Director – Jörg Behr
Lighting Designer – Tim Mitchell
Lothar Koenigs (Conductor)
I never get to Cardiff enough to see Welsh National Opera – lamentably I didn’t see their Tudors productions – so it was good news that they have struck a deal to bring one of their productions to Covent Garden…

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Carlo Bergonzi

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Carlo BergonziThe great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died, age 90. You can make a case that he was the greatest of postwar Italian tenors, for the elegance of his line, the beautiful sound, and the scrupulous musicianship. He wasn’t the loudest (probably Del Monaco) or the flashiest (Corelli, I guess), but he was a great Verdian and superb in Puccini and bel canto…

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Prom 12: St John Passion review  fascinating, beautiful and erraticRoyal Albert Hall, LondonSome superlative playing in Bach’s masterpiece, under the baton of Roger Norrington, but the evening’s chief glory was the beautifully controlled choral singingThis year’s Proms allow us to hear both of Bach’s passions, albeit in radically different treatments. The Berlin Philharmonic brings Simon Rattle’s and Peter Sellars’ much-discussed "ritualisation" of the St Matthew as part of its visit in September…

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Music Review: Gerald Robbins Plays Bargemusic’s Masterworks SeriesThe pianist Gerald Robbins played a program of Handel and Brahms at Bargemusic.

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. 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.
From the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, performed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under conductor Pablo

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Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunityI was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I was in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions. But this is another story altogether.Leo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances by the Rome Opera at the Caracalla Baths going on without the orchestra in front of a crowd of 4,000, mainly tourists…

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Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi died in July 2014, aged ninety

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Out of this World

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Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal plays Schumann, Beethoven, Poulenc, de Séverac and Lecuona, heard by Bill Newman

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Opera Review: ‘Dr. Sun Yat-sen’ in the American Premiere at Santa Fe Opera“Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” Huang Ruo’s opera about the founding father of the republic of China, is given its American premiere by the Santa Fe Opera.

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Director Martin Lloyd-Evans has delivered a lively production of Cilea’s slice of romantic hokum, sung and played with passion and affection

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Reports of an international Mahler scam

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Reports of an international Mahler scamWe have been alerted to complaints about the ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ of Vienna.
The Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra runs a Salzburg Voice Festival, inviting singers and musicians to pay 2,500 Euros in exchange for competitions and masterclasses with a professional orchestra. The Mahler Philharmoniker appears to be the invention of a Swiss mezzo-soprano, Thérèse Mahler…

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 Three Choirs Festival (2)  Katherine Broderick (soprano), James Oxley (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Choristers of the Three Cathedral Choirs, Festival Chorus. Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Nardone (conductor), Worcester Cathedral, 26.7.2014 (JQ)  Britten – War Requiem, Op. 66 Peter Nardone, directing his first Three Choirs Festival since becoming Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, has devised a […]

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Glyndebourne comes to you

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Glyndebourne comes to youGlyndebourne Tour dedicates its 2014 season to visionary founder Sir George Christie. Glyndebourne Tour is to honour the artistic vision of its founder Sir George Christie by taking three world-class productions, two fresh from premières at Glyndebourne Festival, on the road this autumn. Sir George, who died in May, established the Tour in 1968 driven by an ambition to bring the highest-quality opera to as many people as possible and nurture talented singers from across the world at the start of their careers…

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