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I recently acquired a copy of Roger Sayer playing the magnificent Klais organ in the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. This CD was issued in 1996 as Volume 45 of the Guild Great European Organs. Works include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major, Jean Langlais’ .... More »
On Saturday, January 3, at noon, we'll air Richard Jones's haunting yet witty production of "Hansel and Gretel," in a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel..... More »
The agreement, which resolves a two-month lockout, will give the musicians small raises but require them to pay higher health insurance rates..... More »
WENDY Martin, former head of theatre and dance at the Sydney Opera House, has been appointed artistic director of Perth International Arts Festival from 2016..... More »
This week's top classical music news items include a rare recording of Tchaikovsky's voice, the Philadelphia Orchestra ending its strike, and Homer Simpson visiting the Sydney Opera House..... More »
We go backstage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as singers, musicians, wig makers, scenic artists and others race to be ready for the big season opening on Sept. 22.
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Went to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas’s libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited guy in front of us turned round and told her to stop laughing…
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The 9/15/2014 edition of The Seattle Times published an article by Nicole Brodeur that reports the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) not only raised $600,000 at its recent gala but also garnered a $10 million gift from Rebecca Benaroya. Yes, the Minnesota Orchestra recently announced a $10 million gift too but Seattle managed to snag theirs without having to first thrust the organization into chaos…
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By Laurie Niles: The stage was set for the Classical Finals round Thursday night, when a stagehand walked across the floor and removed the music stand that had been set out for the conductor.
That’s because there is no conductor for the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), the group accompanying the six finalists in their performances of Mozart Concertos Wednesday and Thursday…
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Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist & Conductor Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.comIsabelle Hernández, of the Office of Leo Brouwer, writes of the VI Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music 2014, which will be held in Havana, Cuba from the 26th of September to the 12th of October…
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Dirk Meyer is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He begins his second season with a concert this Saturday night at the DECC in Duluth. Meyer spoke with Steve Staruch about his big goals for the DSSO.
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The following big names have withdrawn from the first part of the Metropolitan Opera season.
Johan Reuther is out of Meistersinger – doesn’t want to undertake Hans Sachs.
Latonia Moore is out of Aida – pregnant.
Christine Schäfer is out of Hansel and Gretel – taking a season-long sabbatical…
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Gustav HolstGustav Holst was fascinated by Indian literature and philosophy and taught himself Sanskrit so that he could improve the English translations which he used for his works based on Indian literature. He wrote four sets of Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda as well as an opera, Savitri based on a story from the Mahabharata…
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Blow out the candles. It’s Rameau’s 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them over and over…
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Just under a month after the Metropolitan Opera agreed to major cuts, the opera house is swarming with workers busily getting ready for the season’s opening night.
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