NEW! Vancouver New Music’s Quartetti Festival: Recharging the Contemporary String Quartet

11/11/2018

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Vancouver New Music’s Quartetti Festival: Black Dog String Quartet (Canada), Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), JACK Quartet (USA), Quartetto Maurice (Italy), Penderecki String Quartet (Canada), Quartetto Noûs (Italy), Mivos Quartet (USA), The Annex, Vancouver, 18-20.10.2018. (RK) Read more

NEW! The OAE Shakes Up Concert Hall Conventions as Players and Conductors Talk from Stage

10/11/2018

OAE

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) will introduce its concerts from the stage in a radical move towards a new, less formal concert hall culture.  Read more

NEW! SOPRANO ELENA MOȘUC IN CONVERSATION WITH CASEY CREEL

30/10/2018

‘Verdi wants more blood in the singing’: Elena Moșuc on embracing new drama in her repertoire​​

Elena Moșuc

The lyric coloratura soprano Elena Moșuc has a decent claim to being one of the hardest working people in show business, ever sizing up new repertoire and planning new recordings at this advanced stage of her career. After a highly successful recital in this spring in Zurich (reviewed here), I submitted Ms Moșuc  to an extensive list of questions about a wide range of topics: her early days, her future plans, the current state of her voice, and all sorts of hypothetical questions. Her answers do not disappoint; she used them as an opportunity to reflect at length on questions of artistry and career. I found Moșuc to be sincere and introspective, with less than the normal dosage of boilerplate self-promotion inherent to these sorts of press events. The interview has been edited for clarity. Read more

NEW! THE PIANIST ANGELA HEWITT IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

25/10/2018

Angela Hewitt talks with Gregor Tassie

Angela Hewitt © Keith Saunders

The Canadian/British pianist has been a major figure on the international concert circuit since her victory in 1985 at the International Bach Piano Competition in Toronto, one of the awards of which was a debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon of Bach. Her recording in many ways opened up her career to new audiences and she has since established herself as a formidable interpreter of Baroque music along with the Impressionist French school of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. Read more

R.I.P. Montserrat Caballé (1933 – 2018): A Personal Tribute by Jack Buckley

10/10/2018

MONTSERRAT  CABALLÉ

(12 April 1933 – 6 October 2018)

Jack Buckley’s Personal Tribute Read more

NEW! The Future of Opera is Theatre: An Essay by Casey Creel

09/10/2018

As many once-proud but dangerously underfunded opera houses contend with today’s changing audiences and tastes, it is increasingly indefensible to stage an opera without putting serious thought into its theatrical impact.
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NEW! Jacqui and David Morris’s New Documentary Film Nureyev Celebrates a Unique Man and Dancer

23/09/2018

A Review of the Documentary film Nureyev Released Worldwide in Cinemas on 25 September

**** NUREYEV

Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn

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NEW! MAESTRO RICCARDO FRIZZA IN CONVERSATION WITH MARGARIDA MOTA-BULL

19/09/2018

‘Music is an Exchange of Effort and Energy’

Riccardo Frizza © Joan Tomás)

Riccardo Frizza grew up in Brescia, a town in Northern Lombardy, close to the city of Milan. He got interested in music when he was only five years old and began playing a little keyboard at home. Although neither one of his parents was a musician, they soon recognised the talent of the young Riccardo and sent him for piano lessons. He later continued his studies at the Milan Conservatoire. During that period he greatly admired Leonard Bernstein and later was influenced and looked up to such luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Frizza also studied with composer Elisabetta Brusa and conductor Gilberto Serembe who both contributed to his artistry and to whom he feels indebted. Read more

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