Opera Philadelphia’s Digital Festival O Presents We Shall Not Be Moved

21/05/2020

United StatesUnited States Roumain, We Shall Not Be Moved: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Orchestra / Viswa Subbaraman (conductor). Opera Philadelphia, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia. Performance of 20.9.2017 reviewed as part of Digital Festival O. (RP)

Lauren Whitehead (Un/Sung) in We Shall Not Be Moved (c) Dominic M. Mercier

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An opera for this time and place – Raymond J. Lustig’s Semmelweis

05/05/2020

HungaryHungary R. J. Lustig, Semmelweis: Soloists, Dancers, Béla Bartók Chamber Choir of Szolnok, Chamber Orchestra of the Budapest Operetta Theater / Dániel Dinyés (conductor). Bartók Plusz Opera Festival, Miskolc National Theatre, Miskolc. World premiere performance of 9.6.2018 reviewed as a video (available click here). (RP)

Enikő Lévai (Susan) and Szilveszter Szabó (Semmelweis)
© Budapest Operetta Theater and Bartok Plusz Opera Festival

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NEW! Need to escape reality? Enter into the magical world of composer David Hertzberg

30/04/2020

Swans welcomes guests to The Wake World at The Barnes Foundation © Dominic Mercier

Over a few days in early March, concert halls, opera houses and theaters went dark around the world in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Countless works of music, both new and old, could not be performed, among them the premiere of a symphonic piece by the American composer David Hertzberg. Hertzberg gave the piece the working title Madig, a German word that may translate to worm-eaten but has a range of meanings in colloquial usage. Read more

NEW! Opera Philadelphia announces Digital Festival O

30/04/2020

Opera Philadelphia’s Digital Festival O

We Shall Not Be Moved © Dave DiRentis

Opera Philadelphia will stream five operas in May 2020 as part of its Digital Festival O. Southeastern Pennsylvania, where Philadelphia is located, has been hit hard by the coronavirus, but at present there is hope that the peak of the epidemic has passed. Read more

The Singapore Symphony in 2020-2021

17/04/2020

The Singapore Symphony’s new season

Hans Graf © Singapore Symphony/Bryan van der Beek

The Singapore Symphony recently announced its upcoming season, the first under the baton of Hans Graf, the new Chief Conductor. Appointed to the post in July 2019, the Austrian conductor will open the season on 2 July 2020 at the Victoria Concert Hall with the world premiere of 承 Flow, a SSO commission by Singaporean composer Zechariah Goh; Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor with violinist Karen Gomyo; and Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 in E-flat major ‘Eroica’. This concert also launches the SSO’s year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Read more

Remembering George London’s life and legacy on the 100th anniversary of his birth

11/03/2020

For a singer whose career was cut short in the 1960s by illness, Canadian-American bass-baritone George London’s presence still looms large in the opera world. His magnificent voice can be heard on recordings, including a 1960 Tosca with Renata Tebaldi that for many remains a definitive version of the Puccini opera, but it is the work of The George London Foundation for Singers that is his true legacy. Each year the Foundation awards tens of thousands of dollars to young American and Canadian singers who are in the early stages of their careers. Read more

All the colors of the rainbow in Louis Langrée’s debut with the New York Philharmonic

09/03/2020

United StatesUnited States Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin: Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic / Louis Langrée (conductor). David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 5.3.2020. (RP)

Louis Langrée conducting the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee

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Vocal perfection from The King’s Singers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

06/03/2020

United StatesUnited States An Audience with The King’s Singers – Various: The King’s Singers. Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, 3.3.2020. (RP)

The King’s Singers © Rebecca Reid

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