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An English Winter Journey

Roderick Williams’ and Julius Drake’s English Winter Journey seems such a perfect concept that one wonders why no one had previously thought of compiling a sequence of 24 songs by English composers to mirror, complement and discourse with Schubert’s song-cycle of love and loss.

History Repeating Itself: Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko, Amsterdam Concertgebouw

A historical afternoon at the NTR Saturday Matinee occurred with an epic concert version of Prokofiev’s Soviet Opera Semyon Kotko.

L’amour de loin at the Metropolitan Opera

Opening night at the Metropolitan is a gleeful occasion even when the composer is long gone, but December 1st was an opening for a living composer who has been making waves around the world and is, gasp, a woman — the second woman composer ever to have an opera presented at the Met.

Battles administration neglects FLO’s assets by defunding the program

The college administration and President Denise Battles’ recent decision to defund the Finger Lakes Opera came as a shock to many and a concern to more. This decision reflects the administration’s blatant disregard for the arts and reveals a mindset that is counterproductive to the mission of the college.

Early Swedish opera - Stenhammer world premiere

The Feast at Solhaug : Henrik Ibsen's play Gildet paa Solhaug (1856) inspired Wilhelm Stenhammer's opera Gillet på Solhaug. The world premiere recording is now available via Sterling CD, in a 3 disc set which includes full libretto and background history.

La finta giardiniera at the Royal College of Music

For an opera that has never quite made it over the threshold into the ‘canonical’, the adolescent Mozart’s La finta giardiniera has not done badly of late for productions in the UK. In 2014, Glyndebourne presented Frederic Wake-Walker’s take on the eighteen-year-old’s dramma giocoso. Wake-Walker turned the romantic shenanigans and skirmishes into a debate on the nature of reality, in which the director tore off layers of theatrical artifice in order to answer Auden’s rhetorical question, ‘O tell me the truth about love’.

Lust for Revenge: Barenboim and Herlitzius fire up Strauss’s Elektra in Berlin

As the German language describes so beautifully, a “Schrei aus tiefstem Herzen” was felt as Evelyn Herlitzius channelled an Elektra from the depths of her soul.

Semyon Bychkov heading to NYC and DC with Glanert and Mahler

Heading to N.Y.C and D.C. for its annual performances, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra invited Semyon Bychkov to return for his Mahler debut with the Fifth Symphony. Having recently returned from Vienna with praise for their rendition, the orchestra now presented it at their homebase.

Lost Stravinsky re-united with Rimsky-Korsakov, Gergiev, Mariinsky

Igor Stravinsky's lost Funeral Song, (Chante funèbre) op 5 conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky in St Petersburg This extraordinary performance was infinitely more than an ordinary concert, even for a world premiere of an unknown work.

Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach

On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.

The new Queen of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Here is one of the next new great conductors. That’s a bold statement, but even the L.A. Times agrees: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s appointment “is the biggest news in the conducting world.” But Ms. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will be getting a lot of weight on her shoulders.

Falstaff at Manitoba Opera

Manitoba Opera chose to open its 44th season by going for the belly laughs — literally — as it notably presented its inaugural production of Verdi’s Falstaff.

Gothic Schubert : Wigmore Hall, London

Macabre and moonstruck, Schubert as Goth, with Stuart Jackson, Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu at the Wigmore Hall. An exceptionally well-planned programme devised with erudition and wit, executed to equally high standards.

Rusalka, AZ Opera

On November 20, 2016, Arizona Opera completed its run of Antonín Dvořák’s fairy Tale opera, Rusalka. Loosely based on Hand Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Joshua Borths staged it with common objects such as dining room chairs that could be found in the home of a child watching the story unfold.

First new Ring Cycle in 40 Years, Leipzig

Consistently overshadowed by the neighboring Bayreuth, the far less stuffy Oper Leipzig (Wagner’s birthplace) programmed after forty years their first complete Ring Cycle.

San Jose’s Beta-Carotene Rich Barber

You didn’t have to know the Bugs Bunny oeuvre to appreciate Opera San Jose’s enchanting Il barbiere di Sivigila, but it sure enhanced your experience if you did.

Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden

If there was ever any doubt that Puccini’s Manon is on a road to nowhere, then the closing image of Jonathan Kent’s 2014 production of Manon Lescaut (revived here for the first time, by Paul Higgins) leaves no uncertainty.

Fierce in War, dazzling in Peace: Joyce DiDonato at the Concertgebouw

Many opera singers are careful to maintain an air of political neutrality. Not so mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is outspoken about causes she holds dear. Her latest project, a very personal response to the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, puts her audience through the emotional wringer, but also showers them with musical rewards.

Walter Braunfels Orchestral Songs Vol 2

Honours yet again to Oehms Classics who understand the importance of excellence. A composer as good, and as individual, as Walter Braunfels deserves nothing less.

Simplicius Simplicissimus

I wonder if Karl Amadeus Hartmann saw something of himself in the young Simplicius Simplicissimus, the eponymous protagonist of his three-scene chamber opera of 1936. Simplicius is in a sort of ‘Holy Fool’ who manages to survive the violence and civil strife of the Thirty Years War (1618-48), largely through dumb chance, and whose truthful pronouncements fall upon the ears of the deluded and oppressive.


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24 Oct 2016

And London Burned: in conversation with Raphaela Papadakis

Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London. »

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08 Sep 2005

Peter Schreier and András Schiff in Budapest

http://www.budapestsun.com/full_story.asp?ArticleId=%7BE7C4DDC5E540432690A5D9DE90CD1BA1%7D&From=Style »

07 Sep 2005

Simone Young's Debut

http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts/frau-young-takes-hamburg/2005/09/04/1125772405206.html »

05 Sep 2005

Die Presse Interviews Welser-Möst

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=k&ressort=k&id=504303 »

29 Aug 2005

Vivaldi and the chorus of unwanted children

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/7b2889a6-1829-11da-a14b-00000e2511c8.html »

29 Aug 2005

Edinburgh reports: slow burn gives sumptuous results

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/29/bmbrewer29.xml »

29 Aug 2005

Simone Young Plans Four Britten Operas in Hamburg

http://www.wams.de/data/2005/08/28/766533.html »

29 Aug 2005

Pamela Rosenberg Goes to Berlin

http://www.welt.de/data/2005/08/29/767085.html »

26 Aug 2005

Fidelio, KlangBogen Wien

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/ac687fc0-15cd-11da-8085-00000e2511c8.html »

24 Aug 2005

Mercadante's Pelagio in Gijón

http://www.lne.es/secciones/noticia.jsp?pIdNoticia=321076&pIdSeccion=35&pNumEjemplar=1010 »

24 Aug 2005

Masaaki Suzuki in Tokyo

http://www.zeit.de/2005/34/Masaaki_Suzuki »

24 Aug 2005

Celebrating Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's 80th at Salzburger Felsenreitschule

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=k&ressort=ke&id=501560 »

23 Aug 2005

La Traviata and Mazeppa at Salzburg

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1554371,00.html »

22 Aug 2005

Rossini's Adelaide di Borgogna at Edinburgh

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1553696,00.html »

22 Aug 2005

Caballé Backs Out of Pelagio Production

http://www.elcomerciodigital.com/pg050821/prensa/noticias/Sociedad/200508/21/GIJ-SOC-120.html »

21 Aug 2005

Sir John and Me

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/20/bmweek20.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/20/ixartleft.html »

21 Aug 2005

Honoring Franz Schreker

http://www.nysun.com/article/18876 »

20 Aug 2005

The Guardian Profiles Sir Charles Mackerras

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1552655,00.html »

20 Aug 2005

Renovating The Bolshoi

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/stdn/std/Weekend/GH20Jp05.html »

20 Aug 2005

Discovering Rossini in Pesaro

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/7b50f154-104d-11da-bd5c-00000e2511c8.html »

19 Aug 2005

La Clemenza di Tito at Edinburgh

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1551110,00.html »

19 Aug 2005

Daily Telegraph Interviews Franz Welser-Möst

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/18/bmfranz18.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/18/ixartright.html »

19 Aug 2005

On Melodrama

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1551527,00.html »

18 Aug 2005

Cecilia Bartoli in Salzburg

http://www.nysun.com/article/18725 »

18 Aug 2005

Iolanta at Royal Albert Hall

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1550550,00.html »

18 Aug 2005

The Mariinsky on the Skids?

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16295766%255E16947,00.html »

17 Aug 2005

Motezuma Judgment Overruled on Appeal

http://www.wz-newsline.de/sro.php?redid=90772 »

16 Aug 2005

Handel's Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/20050816.FIG0086.html?093816 »

16 Aug 2005

Die Gezeichneten at Salzburg

http://www.newyorker.com/critics/music/?050822crmu_music »

16 Aug 2005

Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Salzburg

http://www.nysun.com/article/18640 »

16 Aug 2005

Candide in San Francisco

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/16/DDG2JE781S1.DTL »

12 Aug 2005

Der lustige Krieg at Bregenz

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/a23a269a-0acc-11da-aa9b-00000e2511c8.html »

11 Aug 2005

Honoring Karl Hartmann

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/11/bmhart11.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/11/ixartleft.html »

11 Aug 2005

Nielsen's Maskarade at Bregenz

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/03f689d8-093c-11da-880b-00000e2511c8.html »

10 Aug 2005

Another Vivaldi Work Discovered

http://www.theage.com.au/news/reviews/vivaldi-dixit-dominus/2005/08/09/1123353312408.html »

10 Aug 2005

Musical Lies

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/10/bacol10.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/10/ixartright.html »

10 Aug 2005

Golijov's Aindamar at Santa Fe

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/80e72116-093a-11da-880b-00000e2511c8.html »

09 Aug 2005

Le Figaro Discovers Mörbisch Festival on the Lake

http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/20050809.FIG0140.html?091809 »

09 Aug 2005

A Double Bill at Glimmerglass

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/112357669848680.xml&coll=1 »

09 Aug 2005

The Ring in Seattle

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/235708_ring09q.html »

09 Aug 2005

Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1541990,00.html »

07 Aug 2005

Barber's Vanessa in Central City

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/38aaa7c4-054d-11da-97da-00000e2511c8.html »

05 Aug 2005

Conductor Riccardo Muti Discusses Mozart, La Scala Squabble

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000088&sid=aTMZwiVgOs8c&refer=culture »

05 Aug 2005

Jennifer Larmore in Chicago

http://www.suntimes.com/output/entertainment/cst-ftr-grant05.html »

05 Aug 2005

Boris Godunov at Covent Garden

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1541186,00.html »

03 Aug 2005

Renovations underway at the Wiener Staatsoper

Main stage of Wiener Staatsoper undergoing decennial renovations. (Photo: Gary Hoffman)... »

03 Aug 2005

Britten's Paul Bunyan at Central City

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/f251707a-040a-11da-a775-00000e2511c8.html »

03 Aug 2005

La Voix Humaine at Glimmerglass

http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112302089510903059,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep »

02 Aug 2005

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Munich

http://www.merkur-online.de/nachrichten/kultur/kunstakt/art282,419883.html »

02 Aug 2005

Mitridate, Re di Ponto and The Magic Flute at Salzburg

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/02/arts/music/02moza.html »

15 Jul 2005

HGO Introduces Anthony Freud

http://www.houstongrandopera.org/press/press_releases.aspx?PressReleaseID=115 »

14 Jul 2005

Turandot at Liceu

http://actualidad.terra.es/cultura/articulo/liceu_turandot_puccini_402344.htm »

14 Jul 2005

Festspiel Baden-Baden Begins Tchaikovsky Series with The Sorceress

http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/stn/page/detail.php/954710 »

13 Jul 2005

The Highpoint of Festivals Styriarte

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=k&ressort=ke&id=494355 »

13 Jul 2005

Aix-en-Provence

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/8fe829ec-f271-11d9-8e69-00000e2511c8.html »

12 Jul 2005

Text of decision in Motezuma dispute

http://www.operatoday.com/documents/Motezuma.pdf »

12 Jul 2005

Sing-Akademie Issues Press Release

http://www.sing-akademie.de/20050711.htm »

11 Jul 2005

Sing-Akademie Prevails

http://www.rp-online.de/public/article/dtoday/news/aktuell/97673 »

04 Jul 2005

Conti's Don Quichotte at Festival de Musique Baroque de Beaune

Ouvert vendredi soir par l’Alcina de Haendel, le festival de Beaune, qui accueille la crème des ensembles baroques jusqu’à la fin du mois, fait événement samedi avec la création française du Don Chisciotte signé, en 1719 à Vienne, par le Florentin Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, virtuose du théorbe et compositeur attitré de la cour de Charles-VI de Habsbourg. Le chef et musicologue René Jacobs a découvert cette partition il y a quinze ans, et l’a déjà donnée à Innsbruck il y a douze ans, dans des décors de Roland Topor. Il fait le point sur la version du concert qu’il dirige dans la cour des Hospices de Beaune, prélude à une nouvelle production au festival d’Innsbruck en août. »

04 Jul 2005

CNN Interviews Tony Hall

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/BUSINESS/07/01/boardroom.hall »

26 Jun 2005

A New Mariinsky

http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/1081/features/a_16107.htm »

26 Jun 2005

Merkur Interviews Diana Damrau

Wo sie auftritt, bezaubert sie das Publikum. So auch das Münchner Opernpublikum und unsere Leser, die Diana Damrau in diesem Jahr den Merkur-Theaterpreis zugesprochen haben. Eine Sängerin der Extraklasse. Auch ohne gigantische Vermarktungsmaschinerie hat sich die Günzburgerin an die internationale Spitze gesungen. »

26 Jun 2005

Tan Dun Arrives at the Met

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/26/arts/music/26lips.html »

24 Jun 2005

40th Season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/24/arts/dance/24sara.html »

24 Jun 2005

A Profile of James Conlon

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0624/p12s02-almp.html »

19 Jun 2005

Cabell Wins Cardiff Singer of the World 2005

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/broadband/mediawrapper/consoles/wales_singer05?redirect=console.shtml&nbram=1&bbram=1 »

19 Jun 2005

Renata Scotto — Teacher

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/19/arts/music/19gure.html »

16 Jun 2005

David Gockley on Selling Tickets

When David Gockley became business manager at the Houston Grand Opera in 1970, the company, like most regional troupes in the U.S. at the time, was doing “instant opera.” “There was a guy in north Jersey who had acquired all these old painted drops from Europe,” Mr. Gockley recalls. “He would rent out a generic ‘Tosca’ or ‘Trovatore.’ They came in bags — you stretched the drops on frames.” There was no rehearsal period — singers arrived, performed and left. Mr. Gockley became HGO’s general director in 1972 and immediately changed all that. One of his first productions was “The Marriage of Figaro,” with specially designed sets, a director, and a three-week rehearsal period. “We had a nice cast, including the young Frederica von Stade as Cherubino,” says Mr. Gockley. It cost more than instant opera, but it paid off. »

14 Jun 2005

Vivaldi's Motezuma Restored

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, June 12 – Antonio Vivaldi returned to his hometown, Venice, early in 1733, eager to reclaim his place as the Venetian republic’s most popular composer. During his five-year absence, younger Naples-trained musicians had come to the fore with their own “dramas with music,” but now, at 55, Vivaldi was ready to take them on with a daringly modern opera inspired by Hernán Cortés’s conquest of the Aztecs. »

13 Jun 2005

The Fanny-Hensel-Festival 2005

Sie war begabt und privilegiert wie ihr Bruder Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Sie schuf in ihrem kurzen Leben weit über 400 Werke. Die Universität der Künste feiert nun den 200. Geburtstag von Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn. »

12 Jun 2005

Don Carlos and Don Carlo at the Wiener Staatsoper

Selbst Giuseppe Verdi hat nie eine Realisierung seiner Vertonung von Schillers “Don Carlos” in ihrer Gesamtheit erleben dürfen. Bereits vor der Generalprobe zur Uraufführung in Paris musste er aus banalem Grund – die Gäste sollten die nächtlichen Züge noch erreichen – Teile seines Werkes streichen, vor der Premiere setzte er noch einmal der Rotstift an. »

12 Jun 2005

Mattheson's Boris Goudenow in Boston

AN early-music festival might not seem the likeliest place to witness a world premiere. But that is what the audience at the Cutler Majestic Theater on the campus of Emerson College will do this week when, after a 295-year delay, the Boston Early Music Festival presents the first fully staged production of the opera “Boris Goudenow, or The Throne Attained Through Cunning, or Honor Joined Happily With Affection,” by the German Baroque composer Johann Mattheson. »

11 Jun 2005

The Midnight Court Premieres in Toronto

Banned in Ireland. The phrase still has some weight, at a time when talking about banning anything is to align yourself with dogmatic mullahs and evangelists. It’s hard to imagine how Brian Merriman, living in an Irish hamlet in the late 18th century, managed to write a literary work shocking enough to be untouchable for nearly two centuries. But the satiric bite of his 1,000-line Gaelic poem The Midnight Court is still something to wonder at, and thanks to Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, something to sing about as well. »

07 Jun 2005

Works of Bach and Handel Discovered

BERLIN (AFP) – Des partitions jusqu’ici inédites des compositeurs allemands Jean-Sébastien Bach (1685-1750) et Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1750) ont été découvertes dans des archives à Weimar et Munich, selon les archives de Bavière et de la Fondation Bach. »

05 Jun 2005

The State of Online Audio Services

Every few decades, audio formats change, and libraries rebuild their music collections. We’ve gone from 78s to LPs, then from LPs to CDs. While CDs stand to be produced for quite some time, it’s not clear how long large library CD collections—with many recordings going back to the mid-1980s—will last. Today, the format shift is on again as librarians attempt to offer patrons what they really want: online audio. »

04 Jun 2005

Rupert Christiansen Interviews Gerald Finley

Before he jets off to take the lead in John Adams’s new opera, Gerald Finley faces a challenge nearer home. He talks to Rupert Christiansen »

29 May 2005

Replacing David Gockley

Edward G. Wallace Jr., an oilman, has observed and supported the arts in Houston for several decades. His great passion is opera, especially bel canto opera. »

28 May 2005

Alberto Vilar Arrested

Alberto Vilar, a hotshot millionaire money manager and the Metropolitan Opera’s largest benefactor, was hauled before a federal judge yesterday on charges he stole $5 million from a client — and then used part of the money to make a donation to his alma mater. »

28 May 2005

Teatro Colon — Where The House Is The Show

Most people go to the opera to see the show. In Buenos Aires, many go just to see the opera house. Recently refurbished, the Teatro Colon offers guided tours through what is one of the world’s truly great houses of music. These tours are a hot attraction, especially for the tourists flooding the Argentine capital these days, where the dollar still has muscle. The tours are in Spanish, English, Portuguese and other languages. »

28 May 2005

A Profile of Valery Gergiev

What makes Valery Gergiev run? When the announcement came last week that he was to take over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, it was obvious what the LSO got from the deal. It confirmed them as one of the world’s leading orchestras, able to attract (Sir Simon Rattle possibly excepted) the most talented and charismatic conductor of his generation. For Gergiev, however, it was just another high-profile post to add to his already prodigious workload. »

28 May 2005

García Opera Buffa Found

Una ópera bufa sobre Don Quijote, escrita hace 180 años, ha sido redescubierta en España el año del IV Centenario de la obra que la inspiró y posiblemente sea reestrenada, afirmó a EFE el director musical Juan de Udaeta. »

26 May 2005

Paul Kildea Resigns from Wigmore Hall

Having successfully completed the transition since William Lyne’s retirement, Paul Kildea has decided to concentrate on his freelance career as a conductor. Over the past two years Paul has combined his musical career with his artistic role at Wigmore Hall, devoting nine months of the year to planning and attending the Hall’s concerts and the remainder to his own performing »

26 May 2005

Internationales Schubert Festival Steyr Begins

Die Festspielzeit beginnt. Besonders liebevoll programmiert ist das Schubert-Festival im zauberhaften Ambiente von Steyr. Intendantin Elke Albrecht setzte zur Eröffnung auf Musik, die Schubert in Steyr oder für Auftraggeber aus der Stadt geschrieben hat. Ergebnis: eine rechte Schubertiade. Wann hört man schon Klaviersonaten, Lieder und Kammermusik in sinnvoller Abfolge nebeneinander? Ellen van Lier war sogar bereit, den Lieder-Teil des Konzerts in der Schlossgalerie unterbrechen zu lassen, um vor der Aufführung des “Forellenquintetts” noch das entsprechende Lied zu singen. »