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Sphinx Performance Academy Alum Angélica Durrell has gone on to not only have a successful music career, but start her own organization, INTAKE + MORE

 As the dates of our Sphinx Performance Academy draw nearer, Sphinx is continuing to endeavor to raise funds to support this wonderful program.  Success stories of SPA alumni range from scholarships at top music schools to major orchestra positions and beyond, and your support has made t.... More »
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New Year Gala Teatro la Fenice livestream + MORE

New Year Gala 2017 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, gloriously glamorous !  Highlights of grand Italian opera - Donizetti, Verdi, Rossini and more with Fabio Luisi conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice, and soloists Rosa Féola and John Osborn   Opera is what these.... More »

Unheard prayers + MORE

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin gets serious for a moment, or rather for about an hour and a half, with a performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis led by Christian Thielemann. Ludwig van Beethoven: MISSA SOLEMNIS in D-Dur, op. 123 Staatsopernchor Dresden Staatskapelle Dresden Christia.... More »

Dresden’s “Other” Orchestra Makes its Mark in London + MORE

 Wagner, Rachmaninov, Brahms: Andrei Korobeinikov (piano), Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael Sanderling (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 5.10.2015 (AS)   Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Overture Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 Brahms &.... More »

Bushwick leagues + MORE

LoftOpera is just one, though perhaps the liveliest, of many homegrown opera troupes in Brooklyn. I’ve never been ashamed to cross the East River for a fix.   Thus I have fond memories of Cavalli’s L’Erismena and Donizetti’s Il Furioso dell’ isola di San Domingo back in the day, not to me.... More »
Vienna State Opera’s Music Director ResignsThe general music director, Franz Welser-Möst, cited “irreconcilable differences” for his decision and withdrew from all his scheduled performances there.

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While the Mahler unfolded and reached its radiant conclusion, time stood still

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The San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, was the usual mix ‘n’ match. There was Bonnie Raitt (the conductor’s friend) singing vintage American songs, including one (‘Hey There’) that her father John Raitt introduced in ‘The Pajama Game’ on Broadway in 1954. There was pianist Yuja Wang (the conductor’s protégé) performing Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ treating portions of it like a real slow drag — sexy, and straight from ragtime…

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Contessa, stop the music!

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Contessa, stop the music!“American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Willis-Sørensen will sing the role on December 4, 8, 12, 15, and 20 matinee, replacing the originally announced Amanda Majeski, who now sings the September and October performances of the opera…

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Poor Yorick and the Viola: Melissa Dunphy’s iHamlet opens at the Philly FringeBy Karen Rile:
Actor/composer/violist Melissa Dunphy stars in iHamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
Every September my city, Philadelphia, belies a stodgy reputation and throws its heart and soul into an edgy two-week all-arts (dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word) festival we call Philly Fringe…

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Sony’s opera loses half its budget

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Sony’s opera loses half its budgetWe hear from Russia that the Perm opera state budget has been slashed from $2 million this year to $1 million next, a sign of deteriorating economic conditions. Perm is where the conductor Theodor Currentzis is recording the Mozart-Da Ponte operas for Sony Classical.
Currentzis’s share of the concert calendar is also being reduced…

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Atlanta Stakeholders Dig In On Eve Of Contract Expiration

With the current agreement set to expire on midnight, 9/6/2014, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians issued a press statement that makes it clear that a deal is unlikely; moreover, they single out ASO President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein as the individual responsible for revenue performance shortfalls…

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Listen Now & On-Demand: SFO - The DutchmanThe WFMT Radio Network continues their 2014 American Opera Series with San Francisco Opera – eight operas from their past season and two operas from the San Francisco Opera archives. This week they present The Flying Dutchman..You will have to create a free account to listen to the whole performance – on-demand until the 12 September…

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Włodzimierz Kotoński, 1925–2014

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Sad news from Adrian Thomas that the Polish composer Włodzimierz Kotoński has died, aged 89. Along with Jan Krenz (b.1926) and Bogusław Schaeffer (b.1929), Kotoński was the last major surviving Polish composer born before 1930.  He was renowned as a composition teacher at the Music Academy in Warsaw and his roster of pupils reads like … Continue reading →

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Which opera is this?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Which opera is this?
Meistersinger? No.
Peter Grumps? Also not.
I give in.
It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo.
Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.’

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Barry Douglas, whose album is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks, had a chance to talk to Julie Amacher about the role of education in his life and work.

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The seventh release on the VIVAT label features J S Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello, played by Viola de Hoog

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West plays ‘from the heart’

– www.couriermail.com.au

KANYE West has kicked off his Aussie tour with a virtuoso concert in Perth, thanking Kim Kardashian and baby North for flying into town.

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