Joyce DiDonato and a Superb Cast Triumph in Munich Opera Festival’s Semiramide


GermanyGermany Munich Opera Festival 2017 [1] – Rossini, Semiramide: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Michele Mariotti (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 21.7.2017. (JMI)


Semiramide © W. Hösl

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Aspen Music Festival (5): Lugansky Conquers Rachmaninoff, Premieres by Anna Clyne and Steven Franklin



United StatesUnited States Aspen Music Festival [5] – Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, R. Strauss, Anna Clyne Prokofiev, Hillborg, Franklin, Gabrieli/Hanzlik: Soloists, Aspen Opera Center Singers and Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic / George Manahan (conductor), American Brass Quintet. Wheeler Opera House, Harris Hall, Benedict Music Tent. Aspen, Colorado. 17-20.7.2017. (HS) Read more

A Tremendous Performance but Pinocchio at Aix Seemed Neither for Children Nor Adults


FranceFrance Festival d’Aix-en-Provence [4] – Boesmans, Pinocchio: Soloists, Klangforum Wien / Emilio Pomarico (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix, 14.7.2017. (MB)


Pinocchio at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 © Patrick Berger/artcompress

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Aspen Music Festival (4): Orchestras Outshine Chang, Luganski



United KingdomUnited Kingdom Aspen Music Festival [4] – Hartke, Vitali/Charlier, Ravel, Wagner, Prokofiev, Knussen, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Lutoslawski: Soloists, Aspen Chamber Symphony/Patrick Summers (conductor), Aspen Contemporary Ensemble/Donald Crockett (conductor), Aspen Festival Orchestra / Larry Rachleff (conductor). Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall, Aspen, CO. 14-16.7.2017. (HS) Read more

All Joking Aside, Two Outstanding Performances Make for an Extraordinary Falstaff


United StatesUnited States Verdi, Falstaff: Opera Saratoga Orchestra and Chorus / Craig Kier (conductor), Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, NY, 15.7.2017. (RP)

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Michael Chioldi (Ford) & Craig Colclough (Sir John Falstaff) © Gary David Gold

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Lisette Oropesa is Outstanding in Glyndebourne’s Admirable Don Pasquale Revival


United KingdomUnited Kingdom 2017 Glyndebourne Festival [2] – Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists and Chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor), Glyndebourne, 15.7.2017. (RB)


Dr Malatesta (Andrey Zhilikhovsky), Norina (Lisette Oropesa) and Don Pasquale (Renato Girolami)
(c) Bill Cooper

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Some Rare Visitors to the Concert Hall in Ohio


United StatesUnited States Milhaud, Roussel, Beethoven: Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 15.07.2017 (MSJ) Read more

Aspen Music Festival (3): Mostly Violin and Piano, in a Week of Lots of Brahms



United StatesUnited States Aspen Music Festival [3] – Chausson, Smetana, Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, Barber, Saint-Saëns, Leclair, J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell: Soloists, Nicolas McGegan (conductor), Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall, Aspen, CO. 10-13.7.2017. (HS) Read more

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