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Et tu, Golijov? The Met’s bumpy road with new opera.

Osvaldo Golijov won’t be writing a new opera for the Met. But neither will a number of other composers the company commissioned.

Royal Concertgebouw makes a mark with the overfamiliar in D.C.

The great orchestra made the most of yet another Mahler Fifth at the Kennedy Center.

West Edge Opera Snapshot

West Edge Opera has a new program called Snapshot. Its mission is to "introduce work by both emerging and established Northern California composers." Here's a good chunk of the press release announcing this: Conceived and curated by composer Brian M. Show More Summary

It’s 50 years since Riccardo Muti first raised a baton

His debut was at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, on November 27, 1966. They feted him at Bergamo yesterday, ahead of a concert he gave with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. The Italian president Sergio Mattarella made a point of attending.

Much fuss over retrieved Stravinsky score

This Friday, will broadcast from St Petersburg what is said to be the world premiere of Funeral Song by Igor Stravinsky, a recently rediscovered score. Valery Gergiev’s Mariinsky concert, which you can watch here, will also include Stravinsky’s Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh. Show More Summary

Just in: Bolshoi bans children from its ballets

The well-informed Graham Spicer reports from Milan that children under 12 have been banned from all shows at the Bolshoi Ballet, following complaints from senior ticket holders. To see Ivan the Terrible they will have to be 16. Read more here.

Paris patissier creates Opéra-Comique pastry

Maison Lenôtre has asked various opera people to help it design a cake to be called le Favart, after the founder of  the Opéra-Comique Charles-Simon Favart, himself the son of a patissier. This is what it will look like. On sale in February.

Pittsburgh stages Handel near-premiere

Pittsburgh Opera has announced a week of January performances for Handel’s Riccardo Primo, retitled Richard the Lionheart for devotees of English history. The opera – Handel’s third in London, dated 1727 – was revived at Sadler’s Wells in 1964. Its US premiere was given last summer at St Louis. This will be only its second […]

Nightafternight playlist

New releases of interest. — Bach, Christmas Oratorio; John Butt leading the Dunedin Consort (Linn) — Bach, French Suites; Murray Perahia, piano (DG) — Bach, Partitas; Jory Vinkour, harpsichord (Sono Luminus) — Mozart, Don Giovanni; Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Mika...

Country opera commissions major composer

Garsington Opera has announced its first full-length commission. For the 2018 festival, composer David Sawer (pictured) and playwright Rory Mullarkey will write The Skating Rink, based on the novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bola...

New David Sawer opera for Garsington

David Sawer Having commissioned Roxanna Panufnik to write a community opera, Silver Birch which premieres in 2017, Garsington Opera has announced its first main stage commission. David Sawer is writing a new opera, The Skating Rink, to be premiered by Garsington Opera in 2018. Show More Summary

Christmas at Cadogan

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge Seasonal celebrations at the Cadogan Hall kick off tomorrow, 1 December 2016 with the first of two concerts by Barts Choir with the Trafalgar Sinfonia conductor Ivor Setterfield in Charpentier's Messe de Minuit, plus music by RVW, and Finzi. Show More Summary

Diversity alone makes for all that is perfect: Marc-Antoine Charpentier at Kings Place

Engraving from the 1682 Almanach Royal thought to be Marc-Antoine Charpentier Hymne à la Vierge Charpentier, Couperin, Saint-Colombe, Marin Marais, Robert de Visée; Eamonn Dougan and friends; Kings Place Reviewed by Ruth Hansford onShow More Summary

Lots of taste but not much excess: French baroque at Kings Place

Louis XIV in 1701 - Hyacinthe Rigaud Le coucher du Soleil François Couperin, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clérambault, Leclair, Mondonville, Rameau; Robyn Allegra Parton, Instruments of Time and Truth, Edward Higginbottom; Kings Place...Show More Summary

Could this memory device halve your practise time?

Halo Sport is a neurotechnology device that stimulates the brain to enhance muscle memory. Designed for athletes, the actor Mario Marzo uses it for piano practice. In this sessions, he learns two Bach preludes with and without neurostimulation. Watch.

Design your home like an opera set

A night out can influence a day’s work. Such was the case for the architecture and real-estate development firm DDG’s designer Michael Zaragoza. When he went to see a production by Apotheosis Opera, a fledgling New York company that aims to expand the medium’s reach, he thoroughly enjoyed the singing but found the sets inferior. So […]

A French composer is arrested in Russia

Didier Marouani, founder of the French pop band Space, accused a Russian singer Philipp Kirkorov of ripping off his songs. He flew to Moscow to press charges. The singer invited him for a settlement meeting. Arriving at the meeting with his lawyer, Marouani was arrested by Moscow police and accused of trying to extort one million […]

Death of an Australian pianist

Allan Zavod, who has died in Melbourne home of brain cancer, at 71, taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston and accompanied Nigel Kennedy, Frank Zappa, Sting and others on Australia tours. Based in the US for 20 years, he worked with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Allan Zavod was 71.

An opera about the man who linked Hitler to Bayreuth

The town of Karlsruhe is putting on a new opera at the end of next month. It’s called Wahnfried and it’s about a crackpot Englishman who became the living connection between Wagner and Hitler. Houston Stewart Chamberlain was an an obsessive anti-semite and Wagner fanatic who married the composer’s daughter Eva and made his home […]

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