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Debating ‘Otello,’ Blackface and Casting Trends

Debating ‘Otello,’ Blackface and Casting Trends | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Ben Brantley and Anthony Tommasini weigh in on the debate set off by the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to forgo darkening makeup in its latest production.

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Conductor Simone Young: still the odd one out

Conductor Simone Young: still the odd one out | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Australian conductor Simone Young is still the odd one out after a decade of directing a 700-strong musical company in Hamburg.

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The Last Hotel review: An opera about rehearshing for death - Irish Times

The Last Hotel review: An opera about rehearshing for death - Irish Times | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Death is an assisted act in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s new opera at the Edinburgh International Festival

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After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back

After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Ms. Meier gave her farewell performance in the role in Peter Konwitschny’s Munich production of “Tristan und Isolde” in mid-July.

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Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded

Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Facility he created for retired musicians snaps up missives for knock-down price after authorities rule buyer must live in Italy.


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Jon Vickers, Opera Star Known for His Raw Power and Intensity, Dies at 88

Jon Vickers, Opera Star Known for His Raw Power and Intensity, Dies at 88 | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Mr. Vickers brought a colossal voice to legendary portrayals of Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello, Beethoven’s Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes.

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Scottish Opera musicians look ahead with McOpera

Scottish Opera musicians look ahead with McOpera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of its recent success in presenting the long-overdue posthumous premiere of Erik Chisholm’s one-act opera Simoon at last month’s Cottier Chamber Project series in Glasgow, Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (or McOpera, as it has become more familiarly known) has just finalised plans for a new opera initiative that will kick off its new season of projects in September.


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Addio al soprano Magda Olivero, successi dal Musichiere al Metropolitan

Addio al soprano Magda Olivero, successi dal Musichiere al Metropolitan | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Classe 1910, Magda Olivero, aveva debuttato negli anni Trenta. Alla fine degli anni Cinquanta aveva anche partecipato alla trasmissione televisiva Il Musichiere, una tappa in una lunghissima carriera fino al Metropolitan Opera House con Tosca nel 1975

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Interview with Dean of the Juilliard School, Ara Guzelimian

Interview with Dean of the Juilliard School, Ara Guzelimian | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Born in Cairo, Ara Guzelimian is the current dean and provost of The Juilliard School. An alumnus of UCLA, he was senior director and artistic advisor at Carnegie Hall and the Ojai Festival, and has contributed pieces to The New York Times, Musical America, and Opera News. This week at the Music@Menlo festival in Atherton, California, Guzelimian discusses the impact and effects of World War II on musical life (8/7) and the extraordinary character of the late pianist and Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer (8/8). Below is a transcript of our recent conversation with Dean Ara Guzelimian.


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Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen's music

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen's music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education. Judith Weir must be the most modest master of the Queen's music in the job's 388-year history.


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Met Opera Tax Filing Reveals Pay for Gelb and Angers Unions

Met Opera Tax Filing Reveals Pay for Gelb and Angers Unions | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Opera, in the middle of labor talks with its unions, reports that its general manager, Peter Gelb, earned a total of $1.8 million in pay and benefits in 2012, and has since taken a pay cut.

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Classical music has a serious communication problem

Classical music has a serious communication problem | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

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This week, in fact, the Royal Opera House will again open its doors to a group of homeless people. They’re not in the foyers and bars, but on the stage, performing in a production of Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites conducted by Simon Rattle. Next month the Royal Opera’s orchestra and chorus will join the communities who live around its production hub in Thurrock for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Engagement and “the public good” are priorities for even the most grandiose of arts institutions like never before. So why is the opera audience proving so stubbornly socially stagnant? I’d point at least one finger in the direction of an unlikely villain that has never really been properly dragged into the elitism debate: the total ineffectualness and inappropriateness of large-scale classical music advertising.  

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It follows the industry’s favourite  communicative norm: conceived by people who already love the art form for people who already love the art form.

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Turning opera inside out: how I got Lost in Thought

Turning opera inside out: how I got Lost in Thought | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Shoeless and armed only with a swizzle stick, Stuart Jeffries attempts to banish distracting thoughts and be part of the world’s first mindfulness opera.


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Written on Skin and the problem of new opera

Written on Skin and the problem of new opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The success of "Written on Skin" makes one critic wonder: why do we expect so little of contemporary opera?

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Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten

Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Listening to Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers at Bard, I thought, as many have thought before me, of Peter Grimes. The coastal village setting, the counterpoint of church hymns and solo voices, the massed choruses of suspicion and rage, the ostracizing...

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Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera

Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Every summer, a small college campus 100 miles north of New York City is transformed into a unique kind of archaeological site.

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Do great singers ever really die?

Do great singers ever really die? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

There are few singers who are so closely associated with a role. Maybe Nilsson as Brunhilde, Callas as Tosca, or Caruso as Canio. Vickers is in that conversation as Peter Grimes.


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Can Italy's opera houses be saved by crowd-funding? - Telegraph.co.uk

Can Italy's opera houses be saved by crowd-funding? - Telegraph.co.uk | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The country that invented opera has more than 800 theatres lying unused and neglected - now a group of singers is leading the charge to save them

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Joyce DiDonato im Interview: „Da müssen sich die Leute anschnallen beim Hören“ | concerti.de

Joyce DiDonato im Interview: „Da müssen sich die Leute anschnallen beim Hören“ | concerti.de | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Die Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato über ihren langen Weg auf die bedeutenden Bühnen und ihre neuesten Belcanto-Entdeckungen.

 


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An Opera Lover Tests Streaming Services

An Opera Lover Tests Streaming Services | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
A summer of trying classical music streaming services meant wonderful music despite some technological complexity.

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Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand?

Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
High, squeaky notes. Screeching soprano solos. Unintelligible opera divas. There are a slew of stereotypes for how soprano voices sound at the top of their range. Even exceptionally talented singers struggle to be understood when singing high notes. Is it just a matter of technique, or is there something else going on?...

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What Do Opera Singers Actually Get Paid?

What Do Opera Singers Actually Get Paid? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Most of the people in the business who replied to my query about percentages said they believed the percentage of singers earning over $100,000 was far less than 10 percent -- most said between 2 percent and 5 percent.


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Jonas Kaufmann: the world's greatest tenor - Telegraph

Jonas Kaufmann: the world's greatest tenor - Telegraph | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
He is fluent in four languages, with an unparalleled vocal range and the instincts of an actor. Meet opera superstar Jonas Kaufmann

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Jonas' Verdi Album was one of Classical Ear's picks of the year for 2013. Read more here.

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What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Is classical music especially antediluvian, or worse than popular culture? No, and I wrote as much in my first essay on the topic. But public articulations of contempt do not make classical music feel particularly welcoming for women and girls. Do I think that classical music is too sophisticated or high-minded for such sexism? No. But as a member of this community, I feel a responsibility to point it out and hook it into larger cultural conversations.


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