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PureGold 2016 - showcasing Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths, University of London, launches its festival, PureGold 2016, at the Clore Ballroom in the South Bank Centre on Monday 2 May 2016. From 4pm there will be a chance to preview the college's annual celebration of the eclectic, innovative and exciting music coming out of Goldsmiths. Show More Summary

This Summer: Women's Self-Defense Intensive Workshop

I'm planning a four-hour women's self-defense intensive workshop for this summer (2016), in El Cerrito, CA. Date is to be determined, based on available time in the dojo where I teach.The curriculum will include basic strikes, kicks, and blocks, and defenses from common attacks. Show More Summary

Opera Parallele: The Lighthouse

Full review in process for SFCV, and I should have posted this earlier, but I highly recommend Opera Parallele's production of The Lighthouse, a gripping 90-minutes opera by the late Peter Maxwell Davies. There are two performances left, tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., at Z Space in San Francisco.

A Tenney moment

I attended this remarkable performance, in Los Angeles last spring. Great to see that WasteLAnd, one of the country's most far-sighted new-music series, is putting videos online.

Nightafternight playlist

New and recent releases of interest. — Jean Martinon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Complete Recordings (RCA) — Morton Gould, The Complete Chicago Symphony Orchestra Recordings (RCA) — Horatiu Radulescu, Piano Sonatas and String Quartets I; Stephen Clarke, JACK Quartet (Mode)...

Monteverdi - Messa a quattro voci e salmi

Monteverdi Messa a quattro voci e salmi of 1650; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; Coro Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 24 2016 Star rating: 4.5 Highly engaging performances of Monteverdi's last published collection Having explored Monteverdi's...Show More Summary

English tenor in German debut in Italian opera

Alexander James Edwards The tenor Alexander James Edwards has popped up on this blog over the years, whether it be singing Pollione to Nelly Miricioiou's Norma during our lecture recital about Bellini at the Cadogan Hall, in recitalShow More Summary

Bard College is Run Like an Orchestra

Found in today's Times, in an article about threats to the survival of small colleges in the US, this cringeworthy quotation:But for every college that has pulled off a rescue, there is one in trouble. Moody’s has criticized Bard, 100 miles north of Manhattan, for having little cash and relying on a few rich benefactors. Show More Summary

Victoria Wood: I adored playing piano

The late comedian, in conversation with Edward Seckerson, talks (in the last three minutes) about her musical influences as a child at the piano and her immersion, though her own child, in vocal music. The first 20 minutes is about her drama on the faked recordings of Joyce Hatto. Listen here.

Wagner’s ‘Ring’: a scorecard

What is the ‘Ring,’ anyway? Here, a rundown of the operas and main characters.

The long journey of the “American Ring”

Twelve years and $10 million to stage a “total work of art” in D.C. lasting 14 hours.

In search of Italian opera’s missing Hamlet

The conductor Anthony Barrese has spent ten years searching for an opera on Hamlet by Franco Faccio, with a libretto by Verdi’s Boito, staged at La Scala in 1871. He reconstructed version will be seen next month at Opera Delaaware, and then at this summer’s elite Bregenz Festival. We asked Tony Barrese to explain his obsession. […]

ENO appoints artistic director

Daniel Kramer. Photo: The announcement is in. It's Daniel Kramer. He takes over on 1 August. The American-British director, 39, is currently staging ENO's new Tristan and Isolde. His work with ENO extends backs to 2008:Show More Summary

Remarkable rediscovery - Classical Opera showcase Niccolo Jommelli's dramatic opera Il Vologeso

Ian Page and Classical Opera at Cadogan Hall Niccolo Jommelli Il Vologeso; Rachel Kelly, Gemma Summerfield, Stuart Jackson, Angela Simkin, Jennifer France, Tom Verney, Classical Opera, Ian Page; Classical Opera at Cadogan Hall Reviewed...Show More Summary

Music in the workplace, pros and cons

From Mumsnet’s Justine Roberts column in the FT: A recent meeting at a music tech giant was augmented by a lively soundtrack which (possibly as a result of my age) I would undoubtedly have found distracting had I worked there every day — both because I would find it difficult to concentrate with all that […]

Opera, Art and community singing: David Jones and World War I explored

On Friday 13 May 2016, Welsh National Opera gives the premiere of Iain Bell's opera In Parenthesis at the Wales Millennium Centre. Based on David Jones epic poem In Parenthesis the work is inspired by Jones' own experience as a soldier in World War I at the Battle of Mametz Wood. Show More Summary

Germany Friday Photo

Cosima Wagner's Sewing Kit Haus Wahnfried Bayreuth, August, 2015

Opera Prelude's See Golden Days project

Callie Swarbrick Opera Prelude is a charity which helps support and encourage young singers, providing experience via performances as well as opera into the community, accessible, affordable events. Their See Golden Days project brings professional young singers together with older people. Show More Summary

The Sydney Opera House is still standing – now in Google 3D

Contrary to earlier reports, the architectural landmark was not laid waste by the X-Men. Instead, it’s the subject of Google’s latest bid for global mind-numb control. Blurb: A 360° experience capturing one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres between the acts – waking up, in rehearsal and at rest – featuring the outstanding young […]

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