Music Review 'Entführung aus dem Serail' Pasha & Co. in Mozart’s Singspiel By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER A strong cast largely compensated for any deficiencies of the staging at the Metropolitan Opera. Music Review Bryn Terfel Songs and Poems Extoll a Green and Pleasant Land By BERNARD HOLLAND Bryn Terfel’s recital described the wave of nostalgia that swept across Edwardian music. Royal Ballet Triple Bill, Royal Opera House, London Independent Sun, 27 Apr 2008 4:38 PM PDT The Royal Ballet's latest programme sandwiches a baffling dramatic work between two displays of dancing. Kim Brandstrup's new work is called Rushes: Fragments of a Lost Story, so perhaps it's churlish to complain that this fractured story is confusing. The real trouble is that it lacks drama. Confrontations are blurred, emotions vague. Opera's Lauren Flanigan Added to Yazbek 5/22 Benefit All About Jazz Mon, 28 Apr 2008 5:34 AM PDT Rock/pop artist David Yazbek has confirmed that Metropolitan Opera star Lauren…
'I conquered the critics' She won ecstatic reviews at Covent Garden, but bronchitis made her quit. Now Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is planning 'something wild' for the Brits. By Stuart Jeffries Saturday April 26, 2008 The Guardian
O Istituto Italiano di Cultura de São Paulo traz a Orchestra d’Archi Italiana
O Istituto Italiano di Cultura de São Paulo traz a Orchestra d’Archi Italiana com o solista e diretor Mario Brunello (violoncelo) para um concerto no Memorial da América Latina, dia 7 de maio, quarta-feira, às 21hs. Grátis!
Antes a orquestra realizará um concerto no dia 3 de maio, às 20hs, no Theatro da Paz, em Belém do Pará.
A Orchestra d’Archi Italiana é jovem e estuda a tradição clássica com profissionalismo, ao mesmo tempo que mostra uma sensibilidade na expressão da musicalidade atual. Esta jovem orquestra tem a regência do maestro Brunello, um grande expoente do panorama musical italiano contemporâneo. “Esse regente tem uma grande sensibilidade em reunir compositores contemporâneos como V. Capossela bem como os clássicos, e justamente, por saber valorizar os do passado e compreender o presente,” comenta Luigina Peddi, diretora do Istituto Italiano di Cultura de São Paulo.
Los músicos de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Berlín han decidido prolongar el contrato de su actual director, Simon Rattle, cuyo contrato termina en 2012. Así lo anunció ayer la propia orquesta mediante un comunicado en el que no dan más detalles sobre las condiciones que ofrecerán al británico. Según la nota, "la orquesta y sir Simon Rattle conversarán sobre las circunstancias del futuro común después de 2012".
Rossini, 'coca-colas' y palomitas Los grandes exhibidores buscan contenidos alternativos a las películas - Fútbol, ópera, rock, series de televisión y videojuegos llegan a la pantalla gigante JESÚS RUIZ MANTILLA - Madrid - 26/04/2008
A mountain of music The sloping marble roof of the Oslo opera house may be perfect for snowboarding. But, for Jonathan Glancey, the warm heart of this stunning building is just as thrilling The Independent
Music Review Illuminating a Rare Portrait of Stravinsky on Piano By STEVE SMITH Listening to a whole program of Stravinsky’s piano music, like the one Stephen Gosling and Eric Huebner presented in the chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church on Tuesday, you could admire much while being seduced by comparatively little.
Spoleto Festivals to Renew Their Ties By DANIEL J. WAKIN The Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and its long-lost partner in Italy, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Umbria, have announced that they will renew an association that ended 15 years ago.
Yo, FRANCISCO COLOMER El órgano no tiene secretos gracias al 'Concierto en Familia' La organista de la Magistral de Alcalá de Henares, Liudmila Matsyura, interpretó obras de los grandes maestros en el marco del 2º Festival Internacional de Órgano 'Ciudad de Alcalá' FRANCISCO COLOMER - Alcalá de Henares - 23/04/2008
Sara Krulwich/The New York TimesJuan Diego Flórez in “Fille du Régiment” at the Metropolitan Opera. On Monday night the tenor Juan Diego Flórez did something not heard on the Met stage since 1994: a solo encore. Music Review 'La Fille du Régiment'
The beast within Hairy chords, blood smoothies, and 'a bit of Boris' - Sir Harrison Birtwistle talks to Tom Service about his new opera, The Minotaur Friday April 11, 2008 The Guardian 'It's like this, look." Sir Harrison Birtwistle is explaining the origin of his opera The Minotaur, which premieres on Tuesday at the Royal Opera House, and he points to a Picasso print on the wall of his living room in his Wiltshire home. It's an image of the Minotaur's death, in which the final agonies of the half-bull, half-man are ogled by a small crowd of spectators. The drawing inverts the children's storybook idea of the Minotaur myth, that the beast represents pure, rapacious evil. Picasso invites us to share the Minotaur's pain, to see him as human as well as monstrous.
Anna Netrebko Peter Culshaw meets the Russian iconoclast Sunday April 20, 2008Observer Music Monthly
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has big plans to put his city on the world cultural map - $24bn worth of plans including creating a new island, building a Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim, a Louvre and a major concert hall. Naturally this month's Abu Dhabi music festival at the self-styled 'seven-star' Emirates Palace Hotel wanted the best: the Bolshoi flew in to do Swan Lake, and there was one singer they simply had to have - the hottest diva in the world right now, Anna Netrebko. She intoxicated the audience with a stellar performance.
Madama Butterfly (San Francisco Opera) East Bay Express Sat, 19 Apr 2008 0:13 AM PDTThe heroine of this beloved opera finds herself faced with a dreadful choice: life without dignity or death with honor. Hear some of Puccini's most soaring and captivating music in this classic story of colliding hearts and cultures.
Foi a última composição de Serguei Rachmaninov (1873-1943). Sua estréia deu-se com a Orquestra de Filadélfia, sob a regência de Eugene Ormandy, amigo pessoal do compositor, em 1941. Sua estréia, em São Paulo, aconteceu em 1968, com a Orquestra Filarmônica de São Paulo, sob a regência do saudoso maestro argentino, seu regente titular, Simon Blech (1924-1997). Foi no Tuca e eu estava lá. Fã incondicional de Rachmaninov, amei a peça de imediato e saí em busca de uma gravação. Naquela época, como hoje, somente um LP importado, que custava e ainda custa muito caro. Foi na Breno Rossi, elegante casa de discos na rua Barão de Itapetininga, que o encontei. Comprei é claro.Escrevendo estas linhas, veio-me à lembrança que um filho de Simon Blech, então com 19 anos, foi por um período clarinetista da orquestra. Fui procurá-lo na web e encontrei sua página. Há uma bela homenagem a seu pai quando narra sobre um lugar cujo nome em seus últimos momentos de vida, Simon murmurara: USTVARI Simon Blech …
Exploring Solitude, With Help From Others By ANTHONY TOMMASINI On Tuesday at Zankel Hall, the baritone Nathan Gunn and the pianist Julie Gunn, his wife, shared billing with a dancer, a choreographer and a video designer.
Monday, April 21, 2008Fort Worth Weekly Tue, 15 Apr 2008 0:26 AM PDTBroadcast of San Francisco Opera´s production of Puccini´s Madama Butterfly, conducted by Donald Runnicles and starring Patricia Racette. Sat-Tue. Rave North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst. $20. 817-591-8540. About this EntryArts Journal Mon, 14 Apr 2008 7:48 PM PDTThe last time I caught a screening of a San Francisco Opera production, I wasn't very impressed. I was present at the company's inaugural simulcast screening of Madama Butterfly a couple of years ago. Tan Dun, Philip Glass get away with a lotThe Philadelphia Inquirer Wed, 16 Apr 2008 1:18 AM PDTSuccess was all but decreed for Chinese composer Tan Dun and his Piano Concerto, premiered over the weekend by Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic. Philip Glass returned to the grand opera stage with a new production of Satyagraha at the Metropolitan Opera, and the young, pierced-and-tattooed audience - plus a flock of Tibetan monks - were all set to …
Music Review Composers’ Works Live on to Outshine Oppression By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER On Sunday, James Conlon led the second of three concerts of “degenerate” — the term the Nazis applied to the works of Jewish composers and some others — and “generative” music, Mr. Conlon’s term for music written under unrestricted circumstances.
A Master’s Early Work; Just Look Past the Plot By STEVE SMITH The conductor Eve Queler, who made a pioneering recording of Puccini’s early opera “Edgar” with the Opera Orchestra of New York in a 1977 Carnegie Hall concert, revived it there on Sunday night.
Music Review Hilary Hahn and Josh Ritter Performers Simpatico, but Parallel By STEVE SMITH Too often, efforts to build bridges between classical and pop audiences amount to dire musical hybrids that sell both genres short. But Ms. Hahn chose her partner wisely.
Sara Krulwich/The New York TimesRichard Croft, in white, at the Met as Mohandas K. Gandhi in the Philip Glass opera "Satyagraha," which depicts Gandhi’s path to spirituality and political activism in South Africa. This is a fitting time to revisit Philip Glass’s opera “Satyagraha,” a landmark work of Minimalism. Video: Behind the Scenes at ‘Satyagraha’
CD review: Natalie Dessay, 'Italian Opera Arias' San Francisco Chronicle Sun, 13 Apr 2008 0:35 AM PDTRATING: (WILD APPLAUSE) If there were any doubt that Natalie Dessay belonged in the realm of operatic superstars, her acclaimed performance in the Metropolitan Opera's "Lucia di Lamermoor" put it to rest last year. Dessay's coruscating mad scene from that...
Battle Looks Ahead, Not Behind San Francisco Chronicle Fri, 11 Apr 2008 5:58 PM PDTLike Mark McGwire, Kathleen Battle doesn't want to talk about the past _ at least not when it comes to her rancorous firing from the Metropolitan Opera 14 years ago. Ask her about former Met general manager Joe Volpe, and she responds by complimenting current... Philip Glass: Satyagraha Concertonet Sat, 12 Apr 2008 0:32 AM PDTJulian Crouch (Associate Director and Set Designer), Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer), Paula Constable (Lighting Designer), Donald Palumbo (Chorus Master) Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Dante …
Echoes of the eternal seducer He was a great conductor, in the studio as well as on the podium. On the centenary of Herbert von Karajan's birth, Martin Kettle introduces reflections from those he inspired - and irritated Wednesday April 9, 2008 The Guardian
Metropolitan Opera: The Force of TruthPlaybill Arts Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:59 PM PDTNearly three decades after the premiere of Satyagraha , Philip Glass's seminal work from 1979 is re-imagined in a powerful new staging that conveys the timelessness of Gandhi's message. Performances begin at the Met April 11. Gandhi and Glass: truthful togetherThe Star-Ledger Thu, 10 Apr 2008 9:43 PM PDTOf Philip Glass' many, many, many pieces, his unlikeliest may also be his most moving. "Satyagraha," an opera about Mahatma Gandhi that opens at the Metropolitan Opera tonight, isn't in Italian, German, French or even English -- it's in Sanskrit. HIS PEACE TREATISENew York Post Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:28 PM PDTMOST composers are heard, not seen. Philip Glass is both. The master of repetitive musical form, whose "Satyagraha" opens at the Metropolitan Opera tonight, is himself a repetitive form - the Campbell's Soup can to Chuck Close's Andy Warhol. The... Tan Dun'…
In the months before his death, the renowned choral conductor Richard Westenburg, was still hoping to conduct the performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor that took place on Tuesday at Carnegie Hall. Music Review
An All-Brahms Program, Both Passionate and Poised By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER It’s hard to imagine disliking Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B minor, which the Emerson String Quartet and the clarinetist David Shifrin eloquently performed at the Rose Theater on Sunday afternoon. Music Review