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Cold Mountain, Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia deserves congratulations on yet another coup. The company co-commissioned Cold Mountain, an opera by Jennifer Higdon based on Gene Scheer’s adaptation of Charles Frazier’s celebrated Civil War epic.

Christian Gerhaher Wolfgang Rihm Wigmore Hall

For their first of two recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber devised an interesting programme - popular Schubert mixed with songs by Wolfgang Rihm and by Huber himself.

Götterdämmerung in Palermo

There are not many opera productions that you would cross oceans to see. Graham Vick’s Götterdämmerung in Sicily however compelled such a voyage.

Emmanuel Chabrier L’Étoile — Royal Opera House London

Premièred in 1877 at Offenbach’s own Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’Étoile has a libretto, by Eugène Leterrier and Albert Vanloo, which stirs the blackly comic, the farcical and the bizarre into a surreal melange, blending contemporary satire with the frankly outlandish.

Robert Ashley’s Quicksand at the Kitchen

Robert Ashley’s opera-novel Quicksand makes for a novel experience

Premiere of Raskatov’s Green Mass

One of the leading Russian composers of his generation, Alexander Raskatov’s reputation in the UK and western Europe derives from several, recent large-scale compositions, such as his reconstruction of Alfred Schnittke’s Ninth Symphony from a barely legible manuscript (the work was first performed in 2007 in the Dresden Frauenkirche by the Dresden Philharmonic under Dennis Russell Davies), and his 2010 opera A Dog’s Heart, based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s satire (which was directed by Simon McBurney at English National Opera in 2010, following the opera’s premiere at Netherlands Opera earlier that year).

Orpheus in the Underworld, Opera Danube

I’m not sure that St John’s Smith Square was the most appropriate venue for Opera Danube’s latest production: Jacques Offenbach’s satirical frolic, Orpheus in the Underworld.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Lyon

This nasty little opera evening in Lyon lived up to the opera’s initial reputation as pure pornophony. This is the erotic Shostakovich of the D minor cello sonata, it is the sarcastic and complicated Shostakovich of The Nose . . .

Bel Canto: A World Premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago

During December 2015 and presently in January Lyric Opera of Chicago has featured the world premiere of the opera Bel Canto, with music by Jimmy López and libretto by Nilo Cruz, based on the novel by Ann Patchett.

Tosca, Royal Opera

Christmas at the Royal Opera House is all about magic, mystery and miracles: as represented by the conjuror’s exploits in The Nutcracker — with its Kingdom of Sweets and Sugar Plum Fairy — or, as in the Linbury Theatre this year, the fantastical adventures of the Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Lila, and her companions — a lovesick elephant, swashbuckling pirates, tropical beasts and Fire-Fiends.

Lianna Haroutounian resplendent in Madama Butterfly at the Concertgebouw

The title role is a deciding factor in Madama Butterfly. Despite a last-minute conductor cancellation, last Saturday’s concert performance at the Concertgebouw was a resounding success, thanks to Lianna Haroutounian’s opulent, heart-stealing Cio-Cio-San.

Classical Opera: MOZART 250 — 1766: A Retrospective

With this performance of vocal and instrumental works composed by the 10-year-old Mozart and his contemporaries during 1766, Classical Opera entered the second year of their 27-year project, MOZART 250, which is designed to ‘contextualise the development and influences of [sic] the composer’s artistic personality’ and, more audaciously, to ‘follow the path that subsequently led to some of the greatest cornerstones of our civilisation’.

Benjamin Appl — Schubert, Wigmore Hall London

Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger were due to give the latest installment in the Wigmore Hall's complete Schubert songs series, but both had to cancel at short notice. Fortunately, the Wigmore Hall rises to such contingencies, and gave us Benjamin Appl and Jonathan Ware. Since there's a huge buzz about Appl, this was an opportunity to hear more of what he can do.

Ferrier Awards Winners’ Recital

The phrase ‘Sunday afternoon concert’ may suggest light, post-prandial entertainment, but soprano Gemma Lois Summerfield and her accompanist, Simon Lepper, swept away any such conceptions in this demanding programme at St. John’s Smith Square.

Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican

When, o when, will someone put Peter Sellars and his compendium of clichés out of our misery?

A Chat With Up-and-Coming Conductor Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly is an internationally renowned pianist, coach, conductor, and master teacher. She was the first woman and first American named Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera.

Samuel Barber: Choral Music

This recording, made in the Adrian Boult Hall at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music in June 2014, is the fourth disc in SOMM’s series of recordings with Paul Spicer and the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir.

L'Arpeggiata: La dama d’Aragó, Wigmore Hall

Having recently followed some by-ways through the music of Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli, L’Arpeggiata turned the spotlight on traditional folk music in this characteristically vibrant and high-spirited performance at the Wigmore Hall.

Tippett : A Child of Our Time, London

Edward Gardner brought all his experience as a choral and opera conductor to bear in this stirring performance of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at the Barbican Hall, with a fine cast of soloists, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus.

Taverner and Tavener, Fretwork, London

‘Apt for voices or viols’: eager to maximise sales among the domestic market in Elizabethan England, publishers emphasised that the music contained in collections such as Thomas Morley’s First Book of Madrigals to Four Voices of 1594 was suitable for performance by any combination of singers and players.


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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. »