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New Classical Tracks: Simple Gifts at Shaker Village + MORE

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recorded an album at Shaker Village in Kentucky. 'It's a magical place,' says Artistic Director Wu Han. 'It's a place where people search for a renewal of spirit.' Hear more about the recording and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD..... More »

The Depths and Daring of Alexander Ullman + MORE

 Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven.  Alexander Ullman (piano)  Recital of the Keyboard Charitable Trust at the Teatro Ghione, Rome.  18.01.2015(JB) Alexander Ullman, born twenty-three years ago in  London, has been doing some serious thinking about thought: musical thought, in this instan.... More »

Classical Music News - Daniel Catán + MORE

Excerpts from Daniel Catán's unfinished opera 'Meet John Doe' are to be performed in a workshop in January 2015.... More »
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Just 26, and Playing the Big House (Carnegie Hall) + MORE

It’s rare for a young artist to play Stern Auditorium solo, but Carnegie is giving the pianist Behzod Abduraimov the nod..... More »

Opera Atelier’s hailed Lucio Silla returns home to Toronto + MORE

Mozart production comes to Elgin Theatre after successful runs at Austria’s Salzburg Festival and Milan’s La Scala.... More »

Who earns most in US opera?

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Is Peter Gelb the best-paid man in American opera? The answer may surprise you.
U-T San Diego has examined the 2012 tax returns of 22 US opera houses and worked out who earns most in each.  Here's a taster of the top-end:

            1   San Francisco Opera        Top-paid official: David R…

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SFCM’s Postcard from Morocco

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * San Francisco Conservatory Opera Program is currently presenting Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. A co-production with Portland Opera, the set and costumes are entirely professional. The action takes place within a waiting room of a transit station, which has rows of chairs that are easily wheeled about…

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Big D-elight

– parterre.com

Big D-elightWho is the most happy fella, he who perfectly fits societal definitions of fitness and attractiveness, or he who attains self-acceptance in spite of whatever personal idiosyncrasies he may confront?  
In Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella, Tony Esposito, an Italian grape farmer who admits he isn’t so bright and that his English is “goddamn poor,” is smitten by a San Francisco waitress—Laura Benanti, her soprano ravishing in spite of a lingering flu—and, after offering her his tie clip, asks for her hand in marriage…

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Maximum Minimalism at Disney Hall

– www.sequenza21.com

Maximum Minimalism at Disney HallOn Tuesday April 9, 2014 downtown Los Angeles was the scene of the centerpiece concert for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Minimalism Jukebox series. Over four hours of music was presented from eight composers, including ten different works, two world premiers and dozens of top area musicians. Wild Up, International Contemporary Ensemble, the LA Philharmonic New Music Group and the Calder Quartet all made appearances…

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Scandal at La Scala

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Has Alexander Pereira gone too far this time?
The Italians have finally cottoned on that there might be something a bit funny about an opera boss selling a bunch of productions to himself (as reported here on an otherwise joke-free 1 April).

So they're now questioning the legality of the sale of seven Salzburg Festival productions to La Scala, as engineered by the outgoing Salzburg/incoming La Scala head Alexander Pereira…

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– www.planethugill.com

CompetitionDon’t forget our fabulous competition to win a signed copy of Rosalind Plowright’s new recital CD, La belle Dame sans Merci. Her first ever recital disc, it contains songs by Alessandro Stradella, Johannes Brahms, Manuel de Falla, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ernest Kaye, Charles Villiers Stanford and Frank Bridge, including Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populare Espanoles and Stanford’s La belle Dame sans Merci…

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La Scala’s new boss, Alexander Pereira, clears his nameItalian opera buffs, Milan’s Mayor and La Repubblica newspaper were angry and amazed when news from Austria revealed that the Salzburg Festival’s current director, Alexander Pereira, was selling seven of its productions to La Scala, where Pereira will take over in October of this year. That is, he was selling his productions to himself…

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Gounod Faust 2014 Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Gounod Faust 2014 Royal Opera HouseGounod’s Faust makes a much welcomed return to the Royal Opera House. With each new cast, the dynamic changes as the balance between singers shifts and brings out new insights. In that sense, every revival is an opportunity to revisit from new perspectives. This time Bryn Terfel sang Méphistophélès, with Joseph Calleja as Faust – stars whose allure certainly helped fill the hall to capacity…

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Gavrylyuk Inspires At The Russian Festival

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Rachmaninoff: Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor: Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, 29/31.3.2014 and 5/7.4.2014 (GN) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op.1 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op.30 Piano Concerto No…

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 John Metcalf, Under Milk Wood: Production by Taliesin Arts Centre (Wales) with Le Chien Qui Chante (Quebec) and Companion Star (New York) in association with Welsh National Opera / Wyn Davies (music director), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 11.4.2014 (PCG)   Cast: Michael Douglas Jones (bass-baritone) – Captain Cat Karina Lucas (mezzo-soprano) – Rosie Probert, Mrs Cherry Owen, […]

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More Elgar

– briandickie.typepad.com

It has been a pleasure of the past week to have been at Elgar's Gerontius (last Sunday) and The Apostles (last night).  All we now need to wait for is The Kingdom – and not for too long I hope.  Andrew Davis is a passionate interpreter of these works, and indeed of the whole orchestral and choral output of Elgar…

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