SOPRANO FATMA SAID IN CONVERSATION WITH RICK PERDIAN

Rick Perdian talks to Fatma Said

Mention Egypt, and classical music lovers immediately think of Verdi’s Aida, which was commissioned by Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House and had its première there in 1871 – and of little else. A new generation of Egyptian singers is changing that dynamic, and Fatma Said in particular is attracting notice for her luminous mezzo-soprano and blossoming international career. With El Nour, her debut recording on Warner Classics, Said combines her twin loves of song and her native country’s culture in music that is as colorful and exotic as the places that inspired it.

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Spotlight on Joseph C. Phillips Jr.’s mono-opera, The Grey Land

The killing of George Floyd last May sparked protests in 2,000 US cities and many others around the world, but the fuse had been burning for years. In July 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement began in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Mothers of the … Read more

Brooklyn Art Song Society explores the mysteries of the night in all-Schubert digital recital

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Schubert II: Night: Andrew Fuchs (tenor), Daniel McGrew (tenor), Mario Diaz-Moresco (baritone), Jorell Williams (baritone), Michael Brofman (piano), Spencer Myer (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. First streamed on 14.11.2020. (RP)

BASS – Schubert II: Night captured by resident artist Joan Chiverton

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Learn with Carnegie Hall is a treasure trove of past masterclasses and sound advice

United StatesUnited States Learn with Carnegie Hall: Weill Institute of Music, Carnegie Hall, New York. Streaming live each Wednesday and on-demand on Carnegie Hall’s website and its Facebook and YouTube channels. (RP)

Joyce DiDonato and Kayleigh Decker

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Ensemble Pi furthers the conversation on reparations through music and prose

United StatesUnited States Ensemble Pi, Reparations NOW!: Various composers: Airi Yoshioka (violin), Alexis Gerlach (cello), Allison Loggins-Hull (flute), Moran Katz (clarinet), Wayne Dumaine (trumpet), Bill Trigg (percussion), Idith Korman (piano & accordion), Damian Norfleet (narrator) / Trevor Weston and Raquel Acevedo Klein (conductors). The Center at West Park, New York. First streamed on 29.10.2020. (RP)

Ensemble Pi at The Center at West Park © Daniel Hess

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Beating the odds – Pittsburgh Opera’s delightful, pandemic-wise Così fan tutte

United StatesUnited States Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra/Anthony Walker (conductor). Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, Pittsburgh, 29.10.2020. (RP)

Maire Therese Carmack (Dorabella) and Madeline Ehlinger (Fiordiligi)
© David Bachman Photography

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Globe-trotting – Virtual Bach from Wales and Singapore

United StatesUnited States Bach: Brecon Baroque / Rachel Podger (violin & director), Brecon Cathedral, UK; Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Darrell Ang (conductor). Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore. The concerts premiered online on 23 and 24.10.2020 respectively. (RP)

Darrell Ang (conductor) (c) Christine Bush

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