VIDEO: ‘Bringing opera to the masses’ + MORE Sep 2nd

Hello! Every day I post a round up of the news, articles and opinions from the global scene that have caught my eye. 

At first glance, it may seem like the world of classical music and opera meanders through the centuries, blissfully ignorant of the changes and developments around it. Refreshingly, not so!

Come back tomorrow for the next instalment, and find out how very non-meandering this community really is…

 

 

Today’s News & Buzz

 

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Ballopalooza! + MORE

With the Met season soon to finish, I am sure the typical parterre reader (pictured) will want to unwind with a little after party/masked ball. And so Coloraturafan has unlocked his vault to share a selection of videos of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.  I tried to put together a collection of perf.... More »
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Want to audition for the New York Philharmonic? + MORE

By Nathan Cole: To go straight to registration for The Challenge and your free download of my Schumann Scherzo part, visit the Challenge page at natesviolin.com! On November 12, the New York Philharmonic will hold the final round of auditions for its four violin openings. Those violinists comp.... More »
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Met musicians mourn veteran cor + MORE

Richard Nass, who played English horn (cor anglais) at the Metropolitan Opera, for forty-eight seasons until his retirement in 1999, has died at the age of 96. Before the Met, he played six seasons for Fritz Reiner in Pittsburgh. Richard is survived by his wife, Met cellist Marian Heller, and three .... More »
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Dip Your Ears, No. 166 (Nelsons’ Instant Classic Dvořák) + MORE Dec 15th

Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No.9, Heldenlied Andris Nelsons / BRSO BR Klassik Old World New World Late 2010, Andris Nelsons, incoming Music Director of the Boston Symphony but also loved, courted, and groomed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed a program of Charles Ives, John A.... More »
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An American opera reaches completion + MORE Sep 18th

Jennifer Higdon announces that Cold Mountain is complete: 20 months later…8 hours of composing daily …I feel like a need a nap. When I put the double bar on, it literally felt like Ada was the last to leave the room, and she closed the door behind her as she went out. I was sitting [R.... More »

Lotfi Mansouri 1929-2013

– briandickie.typepad.com

Our opera world mourns the passing of a unique personality – Lotfi Mansouri.
He was the last of the great charismatic impresarios.  Whilst he was a successful stage director all his career, it was his magic touch as a leader of a company, and inspirer of both boards and staff to do remarkable things, that set him apart from his contemporaries…

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Autumn at St John's Smith Square

– www.planethugill.com

Autumn at St John's Smith Square

Autumn at St. John’s Smith Square starts with a residency from the European Union Baroque Orchestra and continues with concert series from the Beyounes Quartet and the Songsmiths vocal ensemble. There are three opportunities to catch excerpts from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. And the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra makes two appearances…

Continue Reading On www.planethugill.com »

Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill*

During a 2013 meeting of the Minnesota Orchestra Laureate Society, the orchestra’s President & CEO, Michael Henson, declared that “blogs are senseless and must be ignored.” This comment was offered up within the context of the orchestra’s media coverage related to the season-long work stoppage…

Continue Reading On www.adaptistration.com »

Charles Kaufmann: 'On-Air from Chicago, September 4: Orchestra of The Longfellow Chorus Plays Coleridge-Taylor'

[Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com,
which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof.
Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.
We
are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the
U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk]

Longfellow Chorus Orchestra

The Longfellow ChorusPortland, Maine

September 1, 2013

WHO:
The
Orchestra of The Longfellow Chorus, Charles Kaufmann, conductor, with
Tai Murray and Lydia Forbes, violin soloists…

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Opera singer Katherine Jenkins rejoins old record labelReturn to Universal-owned Decca comes after Welsh mezzo-soprano was dropped by Warner MusicWelsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins has signed a cut-price recording contract that will see her return to Universal Music, after her former record company dropped her from what was the biggest classical music deal in Britain…

Continue Reading On www.guardian.co.uk »

Tannhauser: The Problem Opera

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Tannhauser: The Problem OperaAuthor of the highly recommended Wagner blog “Sacrifice” casts his always highly acute – and sometimes controversial – gaze at Wagner’s Tannhauser. 

The Contradictions of Tannhauser 

Tannhauser: The Problem Opera

Whenever anyone writes about Wagner, he or she realizes that the result will be controversy, argument, and probably vituperative responses…

Continue Reading On www.the-wagnerian.com »

Opera star Joseph Calleja has spoken of his wish to bring opera to a wider audience, ahead of his two concerts for the Proms.

Continue Reading On www.bbc.co.uk »

Pierre Boulez: ‘Shostakovich? He’s no better than Honegger…’The old man has mellowed with age and is less inclined to incendiary pronouncements. But some of his prejudices are immovable. Nearly three decades ago, he described Britten and Shostakovich to me as ‘regressive, no worse than that – reactionary.’ This weekend, in a Lucerne interview, he recalls that when he came to Paris as […]

Continue Reading On www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc »

L.Janáček, Věc Makropulos,
E.-P.Salonen / WPh & Vienna State Opera Chorus
A.Denoke, R.Very, P.Hoare, J.Adamonytė, J.Reuter, et al.
C Major Blu-ray / DVD

Ferocious Energy

The 2011 Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival was in rare form, which paid dividends, too, in Janáček. Their Makropulous Case has sweep and drama and ferocious energy, sometimes sardonic wit, then chilling

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The best classical music and opera of autumn 2013: from Donizetti to BrittenGeorg Friedrich Haas’s much-praised In Vain makes its British debut, there is a rare chance to see three of Donizetti’s historical operas and the Britten centenary celebrations reach their climaxIn VainSixty this year, Georg Friedrich Haas is a senior figure in contemporary music across Europe, though so far his music remains little known to audiences on this side of the channel…

Continue Reading On www.guardian.co.uk »

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