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Music and Beyond wins  “Event of the Year” at the Ottawa Tourism Awards! Musique et Autres Mondes gagne le prix “Événement de l’année” <<…le festival classique le plus créatif et intéressant au pays. >> (…the most creative and interesting classical festival in the country.) Christophe Huss, Le Devoir Don’t miss the 2018 Music and Beyond festival! Ne manquez pas le festival Musique et Autres Mondes 2018 ! July 4 – 18 juillet, 2018 75 Concerts Click here to buy your pass Cliquez ici pour acheter votre passeport www.musicandbeyond.ca Keep an eye out for our e-flyers as we continue to release new musicians, artists…

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Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies (ECM New Series) Worth buying for the booklet alone. A symphonic cycle from most composers marks a stately progress from imitative beginnings to a predictive summit. Think Brahms with all that Beethoven clutter in the first symphony and those weighty Mahler anticipations in the fourth. Well, Arvo Pärt is not quite like that. His first two symphonies, written in the mid-1960s, are set in Schoenbergian twelve-tone with a polyphonic overlay, an intentional affront to Soviet rule in Estonia. The third, dated 1971, marks his conversion to Russian Orthodoxy with voices from heaven, Bach chorales and other…

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On April 28 COC premiered to a full house the last production of their 2017-18 season with Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Directed by British Stephen Lawless, in a set design inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, this production was originally built by Dallas Opera. Lawless also directed the previous productions of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in 2010 and Roberto Devreux in 2014 at COC. With Anna Bolena, the COC completes the Donizetti Tudor trilogy, all portraying Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. Soprano Sondra Radvanosky embodies the vocally demanding role of Anna Bolena whilst being supported by an equally renowned cast. All three Americans,…

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Vera Causa Opera has announced they will be performing Julijana Hajdinjak’s first opera, titled Padajuća Zvijezda in Waterloo and Cambridge on June 22nd, 2018 and June 23rd, 2018.  Set in a celestial kingdom, Padajuća Zvijezda is a tale of two lovers in a world where love has become outlawed. Love, in the kingdom is punishable by banishment to Earth — a dishonourable world lacking the beauty of the galaxy. A story of passion, justice and optimism, Padajuća Zvijezda explores the power of human emotion and how it can change the world. The new Canadian-Croatian opera is based on the…

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Bruckner: 4th symphony/7th symphony (DG) Andris Nelsons prefaces two Anton Bruckner symphonies with small bites of Wagner – the prelude to Lohengrin and Siegfried’s funeral march. This makes sense inasmuch as Bruckner worshipped the ground that Wagner trod, but the effect is vaguely disorienting, as if one were to precede Schoenberg’s orchestral variations with Mahler’s Adagietto. The Leizpig Gewandhaus Orchestra can play this stuff in their sleep and sometimes it sounds as if that’s just what they are doing. There is a lack of momentum in the fourth symphony that is close to soporific and, though the seventh comes to life with…

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Montréal, Thursday, April 26, 2018 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces that Zarin Mehta succeeds the late André Bourbeau as president of its jury for the upcoming Voice edition taking place from May 29 to June 7, 2018. Born in Mumbai, Mr. Mehta was educated as a chartered accountant in London, England. After a successful business career, Mehta joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Board of Directors, and in 1981 became Managing Director of the Orchestra. Under his enlightened administration, the OSM experienced unprecedented financial stability and gained national and international recognition. After close to a decade with…

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The final phase of competition is a live public concert held this Sunday, April 29, on the Met stage; winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and career-launching exposure New York, NY (April 22, 2018) – Following today’s highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018 National Council Auditions, America’s most prestigious vocal competition. The selected finalists, chosen by a panel of experts from the classical music industry, will compete on the Met stage on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000…

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New York, NY (April 24, 2018) – Soprano Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 13th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is given to extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. The award, given in honor ofBeverly Sills, was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met board. In 2009 Sierra became the youngest ever winner of the Metropolitan Opera…

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Grazyna Bacewicz: Quintets, quartets (Chandos) How many times have I told you not to buy a record for its cover? Well, this one justifies the purchase. The image shows the central square of a small town in Poland in the 1960s, a place where nothing ever happens yet everything is closely watched. The image has been colourised for added artificiality. It is stifling, cloying, vividly reminiscent of the oppressive dullness of Communism. The music is made to match. Bacewicz, who lived from 1909 to 1969, was a busy violinist who kept her head down and played well within the rules.…

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Young Met stars Latonia Moore, Mario Chang, and Joshua Hopkins will sing in the recitals at Central Park SummerStage (June 11) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (June 13)  Soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, tenor Gerard Schneider, and baritone Adrian Timpau —will star in the remaining four recitals in the series  The series is presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation New York, NY (April 18, 2018) — The 2018 Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series will once again bring free outdoor recitals featuring rising young stars of the opera world to New Yorkers in all five boroughs.  The series, now in its tenth…

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