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Hans Werner Henze : Kammermusik 1958

"....In lieblicher Bläue". Landmark new recordings of Hans Werner Henze Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge and Kammermusik 1958 from the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, with Andrew Staples, Markus Weidmann, Jürgen Ruck and Daniel Harding.

Written on Skin: the Melos Sinfonia take George Benjamin's opera to St Petersburg

As I approach St Cyprian’s Church in Marylebone, musical sounds which are at once strange and sensuous surf the air. Inside I find seventy or so instrumentalists and singers nestled somewhat crowdedly between the pillars of the nave, rehearsing George Benjamin’s much praised 2012 opera, Written on Skin.

Classical Opera/The Mozartists celebrate 20 years of music-making

Classical Opera celebrated 20 years of music-making and story-telling with a characteristically ambitious and eclectic sequence of musical works at the Barbican Hall. Themes of creation and renewal were to the fore, and after a first half comprising a variety of vocal works and short poems, ‘Classical Opera’ were succeeded by their complementary alter ego, ‘The Mozartists’, in the second part of the concert for a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony - a work described by Page as ‘in many ways the most iconic work in the repertoire’.

Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017

Bampton Classical Opera’s third Young Singers’ Competition takes place this autumn, culminating in a public final at Holywell Music Room, Oxford on November 19. This biennial competition was first launched in 2013 to celebrate the company’s 20th birthday, and is aimed at identifying the finest emerging young opera singers currently working in the UK.

Peter Kellner announced as winner of 2018 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship

Independent Opera (IO) was very present at the Wigmore Hall last week. On Thursday 5 October, IO announced 26 year old Slovakian bass Peter Kellner as the winner of the 2018 Wigmore Hall/IO Voice Fellowship, a two-year award of £10,000 plus professional mentoring from IO and the Wigmore Hall. A graduate of the Konzervatórium Košice Timonova and the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Peter is currently a member of Oper Graz in Austria where later this season he will sing the title role of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème.

Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera

Romeo and Juliet, Rinaldo and Armida, Ramadès and Aida: love thwarted by warring countries and families is a perennial trope of literature, myth and history. Indeed, ‘Love and war are all one,’ declared Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote, a sentiment which seems to be particularly exemplified by the world of baroque opera with its penchant for plundering Classical Greek and Roman myths for their extreme passions and conflicts. English Touring Opera’s 2017 autumn tour takes us back to the Baroque and back to the battle-lines.

Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice opened the 2017–18 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Michelle DeYoung, Mahler Symphony no 3 London

The Third Coming ! Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted Mahler Symphony no 3 with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall with Michelle DeYoung, the Philharmonia Voices and the Tiffin Boys’ Choir. It was live streamed worldwide, an indication of just how important this concert was, for it marks the Philharmonia's 34-year relationship with Salonen.

King Arthur at the Barbican: a semi-opera for the 'Brexit Age'

Purcell’s and Dryden’s King Arthur: or the British Worthy presents ‘problems’ for directors. It began life as a propaganda piece, Albion and Albanius, in 1683, during the reign of Charles II, but did not appear on stage as King Arthur until 1691 when William of Orange had ascended to the British Throne to rule as William III alongside his wife Mary and the political climate had changed significantly.

Elder conducts Lohengrin

There have been dozens of capable, and more than capable, recordings of Lohengrin. Among the most-often praised are the Sawallisch/Bayreuth (1962), Kempe (1963), Solti (1985), and Abbado (1991). Recording a major Wagner opera involves heavy costs that a record company may be unable to recoup.

Anne Schwanewilms sings Schreker, Schubert, Liszt and Korngold

On a day when events in Las Vegas cast a shadow over much of the news this was not the most comfortable recital to sit through for many reasons. The chosen repertoire did, at times, feel unduly heavy - and very Germanic - but it was also unevenly sung.

The Life to Come: a new opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry

It began ‘with a purely obscene fancy of a Missionary in difficulties’. So E.M. Forster wrote to Siegfried Sassoon in August 1923, of his short story ‘The Life to Come’ - the title story of a collection that was not published until 1972, two years after Forster’s death.

‘Never was such advertisement for a film!’: Thomas Kemp and the OAE present a film of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the Oxford Lieder Festival

Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier was premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on 26th January 1911. Almost fifteen years to the day, on 10th January 1926, the theatre hosted another Rosenkavalier ‘premiere’, with the screening of a silent film version of the opera, directed by Robert Wiene - best known for his expressionistic masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. The two-act scenario had been devised by Hugo von Hoffmansthal and the screening was accompanied by a symphony orchestra which Strauss himself conducted.

Premiere Recording: Mayr’s Telemaco nell’isola di Calipso (1797)

No sooner had I drafted my review of Simon Mayr’s Medea in Corinto,

Aida opens the season at ENO

Director Phelim McDermott’s new Aida at ENO seems to have been conceived more in terms of what it will look like rather than what the opera is or might be ‘about’. And, it certainly does look good. Designer Tom Pye - with whom McDermott worked for ENO’s Akhnaten last year (alongside his other Improbable company colleague, costume designer Kevin Pollard) - has again conjured striking tableaux and eye-catching motifs, and a colour scheme which balances sumptuous richness with shadow and mystery.

La Traviata in San Francisco

A beautifully sung Traviata in British stage director John Copley’s 1987 production, begging the question is this grand old (30 years) production the SFO mise en scène for all times.

The Judas Passion: Sally Beamish and David Harsent offer new perspectives

Was Judas a man ‘both vile and justifiably despised: an agent of the Devil, or a man who God-given task was to set in train an event that would be the salvation of Humankind’? This is the question at the heart of Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion, commissioned jointly by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Philharmonia Baroque of San Francisco.

Choral at Cadogan: The Tallis Scholars open a new season

As The Tallis Scholars processed onto the Cadogan Hall platform, for the opening concert of this season’s Choral at Cadogan series, there were some unfamiliar faces among its ten members - or faces familiar but more usually seen in other contexts.

Stars of Lyric Opera 2017, Millennium Park, Chicago

As a prelude to the 2017-18 season Lyric Opera of Chicago presented its annual concert, Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, during the last weekend. A number of those who performed in this event will be featured in roles during the coming season.

A Verlaine Songbook

Back in the LP days, if a singer wanted to show some sophistication, s/he sometimes put out an album of songs by famous composers set to the poems of one poet: for example, Phyllis Curtin’s much-admired 1964 disc of Debussy and Fauré songs to poems by Verlaine, with pianist Ryan Edwards (available now as a CD from VAI).


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Written on Skin: the Melos Sinfonia take George Benjamin's opera to St Petersburg

As I approach St Cyprian’s Church in Marylebone, musical sounds which are at once strange and sensuous surf the air. Inside I find seventy or so instrumentalists and singers nestled somewhat crowdedly between the pillars of the nave, rehearsing George Benjamin’s much praised 2012 opera, Written on Skin.  »

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23 Nov 2004

Opera Orchestra of New York Opens 2004-2005 Season

On Monday, 22 November, Opera Orchestra of New York opened its 2004-2005 season with La Fanciulla del West. According to its website: The OONY season kicks off with Puccini's "horse opera," arguably the greatest opera ever created in New York... »

23 Nov 2004

L'Opéra-Comique Named as National Theater

Le Figaro is reporting that L'Opéra-Comique has been decreed an "établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial" under French law. Its charter is to provide a broad diversity of "expressions" from Baroque to contemporary creations. This decree goes into effect... »

22 Nov 2004

La Scala Readies for Opening Night on December 7

'Beautiful lady' regains her looks and rediscovers her voice John Hooper in Milan Saturday November 20, 2004 The Guardian Mauro Meli, the artistic director of the world's most famous opera house, raised the lapel of his jacket, buried his head... »

19 Nov 2004

Thomas Quasthoff Releases Autobiography

Quasthoff, der Grosse Der Bariton hat in einer aufwühlenden Biographie aufgeschrieben, wie er trotz seiner Behinderung zum Weltstar wurde "Rechts, links, rechts, links, rechts, links metronomt mein Kopf auf dem Laken. Ich liege halb nackt da, Hüfte und Beine festgeklemmt... »

19 Nov 2004

Lady Macbeth at the Bolshoi

Dangerous Music When Stalin pulled Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" from the Soviet stage, the composer had good reason to fear for his life. By Raymond Stults Published: November 19, 2004 Widely considered the greatest Russian opera -- and perhaps even... »

19 Nov 2004

The Cost of Doing Business

Opera House faces price scrutiny Arts organisations such as the Royal Opera House face the risk of losing their charitable status over ticket prices under a proposed bill. According to the draft charities bill, organisations granted charitable status will have... »

18 Nov 2004

Merkur Interviews Edita Gruberova and Friedrich Haider on the Dissolution of the Rundfunkorchester

Von Gefühl und Geist keine Ahnung Edita Gruberova und Friedrich Haider zur Auflösung des Rundfunkorchesters Für den Bayerischen Rundfunk mit Intendant Thomas Gruber an der Spitze mag das Münchner Rundfunkorchester bald Geschichte sein, für viele Künstler ist es das allerdings... »

17 Nov 2004

Wiener Staatsoper Announces Program Remembering 50th Anniversary of Rebuilding of Opera House

On 5 November 2005, the Wiener Staatsoper will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the rebuilding of the opera house, which had been destroyed near the end of World War II. The program will include: Leonore Overture No. 3, Seiji... »

17 Nov 2004

More on the Reopening of La Fenice and La Scala

Opera house rises from the ashes -- again After fire and years of controversial renovations, Venice's La Fenice and Milan's La Scala raise the curtains By PAUL FRENCH Special to The Globe and Mail Wednesday, Nov 17, 2004 VENICE --... »

17 Nov 2004

Pro Ópera on Daniel Catán's Salsipuedes at HGO

Salsipuedes ha llegado a buen puerto Modelo que muestra a Ulises y Chucho a bordo de "El invencible" Dentro de la presente temporada de la Gran ópera de Houston, se llevará a cabo el estreno mundial de la ópera Salsipuedes,... »

15 Nov 2004

Phoenix Rising

Venetian Phoenix Rises Operatically From the Ashes By ALAN RIDING [NY Times] VENICE, Nov. 14 - Destroyed by fire on the night of Jan. 29, 1996, and rebuilt during eight years of noisy scandals, lawsuits and delays, Venice's legendary Teatro... »

14 Nov 2004

Bodies Beautiful?

Should the Fat Lady Diet Before She Sings? By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times] THE dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday as Elisabeth in Wagner's "Tannhäuser," and opera buffs are abuzz with anticipation over this popular... »

12 Nov 2004

Northern Virginia to Have New Performing Arts Center

Concert Hall to Rise Near Manassas GMU, Pr. William To Share Funding By Eric M. Weiss and Michele Clock Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, November 12, 2004; Page A01 Prince William County and George Mason University have agreed to help... »

12 Nov 2004

Separating the Men from the Boys

Who wears the pants in this opera? By Mark Kanny TRIBUNE-REVIEW CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC Thursday, November 11, 2004 Perhaps the most novel aspect of Pittsburgh Opera's upcoming production of "The Marriage of Figaro" will be Michael Maniaci's portrayal of Cherubino... »

12 Nov 2004

La Fenice Reopens on 12 November

Traviata at Theatre La Fenice by Gillian Price [LEO — LA RIVISTA DI VENEZIA] The excitement in the damp autumn air is palpable. Venice's beloved Fenice theatre is soon to be open for business and the city's faithful opera-going public... »

11 Nov 2004

Albany Records Announces New Recording by Angela Brown

On October 29, 2004, Angela Brown made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida in the great Verdi opera. Hailed in Opera News as "one of America's most promising Verdi sopranos," she was a National Metropolitan Opera Council Audition winner in... »

10 Nov 2004

Die Zauberflöte at Bayerische Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Emanuel Schikaneder Première on 30th October 1978 at the Nationaltheater Première of the Neu Einstudierung on 31st October 2004 at the Nationaltheater The Joy of Drawing Has Remained A Conversation with Jürgen... »

09 Nov 2004

Rigoletto at DNO Amsterdam

Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901 Rigoletto, together with Il trovatore and La traviata, laid the foundations for Verdi's worldwide renown; the latter two operas were composed shortly after Rigoletto. The opera is based upon Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse, a... »

30 Oct 2004

MET Names New General Manager

PETER GELB CHOSEN TO SUCCEED JOSEPH VOLPE AS GENERAL MANAGER October 29, 2004 William C. Morris, president and chief executive officer of The Metropolitan Opera, announced today that Peter Gelb, president of Sony Classical, has been chosen to succeed Joseph... »

29 Oct 2004

NYCO Moving On?

New York City Opera in Talks to Build Its Own Home By ROBIN POGREBIN [NY Times] The New York City Opera is in negotiations to build a new opera house on the site of the former American Red Cross New... »

28 Oct 2004

NBR New Zealand Opera to Produce The Death of Klinghoffer

*New Zealand Opera's 2005 Season Will Include Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer* By Emily Quinn October 28, 2004 The NBR New Zealand Opera's 2005 season will include a production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, the opera announced today.The... »

27 Oct 2004

Walt Mossberg on Challengers to the iPod

Three Challengers Take on the Mini Latest 'iPod Killers' Score On Style and Storage Space, But They Aren't Easy to Use October 27, 2004; Page D1 One of the key reasons for the continuing popularity of Apple Computer's line of... »

26 Oct 2004

Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne to Produce Auber's Haÿdée ou Le secret

*Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne will produce on 28 November Hayedée ou Le secret, a comic opera in three acts by Daniel François Auber.* Production Details Libretto by Eugène SCRIBE Music by Daniel François Esprit AUBER Musical direction by Michel SWIERCZEWSKI... »

22 Oct 2004

Opera Omaha to Present Copland's The Tender Land

Aaron Copland's The Tender Land: Opera About Midwestern Farm Family Opens Opera Omaha's Orpheum Season November 17, 19, 21 Omaha, NE--Opera Omaha will open its Orpheum season of performances with a new production of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. Performances... »

14 Oct 2004

WP TechNews.com on the iPod

iMac, iPod, iConquered By Cynthia L. Webb washingtonpost.com Staff Writer Thursday, October 14, 2004; 9:50 AM For Apple Computer, will 2004 be remembered as a transformative year? Yes, according to The Wall Street Journal, which said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's... »

11 Oct 2004

Archiv Releases Andromeda Liberata

ANDROMEDA LIBERATA A VENETIAN MYSTERY By Ulrike Brenning With the recording of Andromeda liberata - their debut on Archiv Produktion - Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra have scored a real coup. This is a newly rediscovered, full-concert-length work... »

11 Oct 2004

WP on the File-Sharing Wars

Downloading Justice By Cynthia L. Webb washingtonpost.com Staff Writer Monday, October 11, 2004; 9:36 AM The file-sharing wars could get even hotter if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to weighs in on whether "peer-to-peer" networks should be held responsible for... »

01 Oct 2004

The Mariinsky's New Season

Voice activated By Galina Stolyarova STAFF WRITER Photo by Meri Cyr / FOR SPT The Mariinsky theater, which opens its 2004-2005 season on Thursday, Oct. 7th with Glinka's "A Life For The Tsar," has tailored the forthcoming musical year for... »

28 Sep 2004

CDs Still Preferable to Downloads

Silicon Still Rocks the House By Cynthia L. Webb washingtonpost.com Staff Writer Tuesday, September 28, 2004; 9:38 AM The Internet may have forever changed the music business, but online downloads will keep playing second fiddle to compact discs for at... »

17 Sep 2004

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Jubilee

Jubilee of a profitable opera house By Jeremy Grant Published: September 17 2004 03:00 | Last updated: September 17 2004 03:00 The Lyric Opera of Chicago is marking its 50th anniversary and new season with Christoph Eschenbach conducting Peter Stein's... »

07 Sep 2004

SFCV.org Previews SF Opera Fall Season

By Robert Commanday The opening of the season in San Francisco has always turned first thoughts to opera. The success of the San Francisco Symphony, its greater subscribership through Fall, Winter and Spring notwithstanding, opera has ruled here as an... »