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Giordano’s masterpiece returns to La Scala for the Opening of the 2017/2018 Season in a production staged by Mario Martone with sets by Margherita Palli and costumes by Ursula Patzak. The title role is played by Yusif Eyvazov, Anna Netrebko is Maddalena di Coigny, and Luca Salsi plays Gérard. The Première is dedicated to Victor de Sabata on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Once again this year, the Première will be broadcast live on RAI 1 and in cinemas around the world. The 2017/2018 Season at Teatro alla Scala opens on 7 December at 6 pm with Andrea Chénier…

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Dracula (1931) with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet Philip Glass on keyboard Mike Rossi on keyboard and Conductor Dan Bora, Sound Design Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, violin, John Sherba, violin, Hank Dutt, viola, Sunny Yang, cello) Film: Dracula, Tod Browning, director Screenplay, Garrett Fort Based on the Novel by Bram Stoker Play Adapted for Film, Hamilton Deane and John Balderston Film score by Philip Glass. Film Cast: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan. A co-presentation of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Philharmonic Society of Orange County October 28, 2017 Get out the Ghosts.…

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Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 Rodion Schedrin: Piano concerto # 2 Igor Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” (1919) Rodion Schedrin: Humoresk for piano (encore) Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino overture, 1862 version of the Petersburg premiere (encore) Denis Matzuev, piano Mariinskyi Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor Maison Symphonique de Montréal November 11, 2017 Valery Gergiev and his orchestra honored us with a visit at the Maison Symphonique on November 11 with a memorable concert of three pieces performed with variety and eclecticism. First came Stauss’s symphonic poem “A Hero’s Life,” with “elongated” tempi: because the maestro from Petersburg paid…

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Cecilia and Sol: Dolce Duello (Decca) Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo Sol Gabetta, cellist I am about to break another of my hard-and-fast rules. A while back, I swore never to give another three-star review as long as lived on the grounds that such things are cop-outs for critics who cannot make up their minds, one way or another, about the recommendability of a record. One way or another, I stand by that judgement. So why the exception? The present album brings together the super-mezzo Cecilia Bartoli, the highest-selling diva on record since Callas, and Sol Gabetta, an Argentine cellist of mostly…

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REVIEW: of La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (libretto by Jacopo Ferretti) at l’Opéra de Montréal (viewed opening night, November 11, 2017 at Montreal’s Place des Arts / Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier). Splendid, strange, hypnotic, and thigh-slappingly hilarious, Rossini’s famous operatic reworking of the Cinderella tale, La Cenerentola, comes to vibrant life in the new Opéra de Montréal production running now through November 18. Premiering in 1817, Rossini and his librettist, Jacopo Ferretti, rang numerous changes on the classic Cinderella story (as enshrined in Charles Perrault’s seminal 1697 version) – changes both practical and dramatically ingenious. Importantly, for instance, Cinderella’s Prince Charming, here…

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Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano, Anthony Manoli, piano – 5 stars October 22, Grand Théâtre de Québec Performance 10/10 Take 1 What you missed: Canadian diva Sondra Radvanovsky presented a two-hour recital without showing any signs of vocal fatigue. The soprano interpreted songs from Bellini, Verdi, Strauss, Liszt, Barber and arias from the operas Tosca, Andrea Chenier, Dvořák and a song from the musical “My Fair Lady”. Not only did she sing impeccably, but this prima donna also broke the typical recital conventions: She spoke to the public between pieces, creating a rapport, sharing her musical intellect and allowing the audience…

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BARITONE RECEIVES IRCPA CAREER BLUEPRINT AWARD AFTER MONDAY SINGING STARS CONCERT Baritone Clarence Frazer, 30, of Toronto has been named recipient of the second annual IRCPA Career Blueprint Award. The announcement was made Monday night by Li Koo of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, following the concert Singing Stars: The Next Generation.  The event was presented by the IRCPA at Zoomer Hall in Toronto, and broadcast live on The New Classical FM.  All 10 participants had taken part in an Encounter with Brett Polegato in October. Mr. Frazer was chosen as recipient by Polegato, who was on hand to congratulate him. On Monday night, the 10 young professional singers…

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Schubert: Sonatas D959, D960 (DG) Some records grab you by the ears, others take longer to impress. It is in no sense to Krystian Zimerman’s discredit that his first attempt at late Schubert took three spins on my deck before I grasped the originality of his interpretation. Rather, it is a mark of Zimerman’s thoughtfulness that the heart of the music is revealed layer by layer in a manner that makes you want to listen again and again. Winner of the 1975 Chopin competition, the Polish pianist has been playing these pieces for half his life before he was ready…

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Born at Lac-Saint-Jean in northern Quebec, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne has forged an acclaimed international opera career. This month she returns to her ­operatic “home”, Opéra de Montréal, for her first Quebec performances of a favourite role — the lead in Rossini’s Cinderella opera, La Cenerentola. Interviewed on the eve of the production’s first rehearsal, Boulianne is ­palpably buoyed by anticipation. “It’s very exciting,” she says. “It’s a role I’ve loved, and finally I get to do it at home. I think of it as a big gift.” The excitement also carries certain responsibilities. In February, Boulianne received an Opus Prize,…

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Seiji Ozawa: Looking back at a thrilling career Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Concerto for Orchestra. Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa/Rafael Kubelik. Pentatone PTC 5186247. Time: 69:53. New Year’s Concert 2002 Music by Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss and Josef Hellmesberger. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa. Arthaus Musik DVD 109315. Time: 109:00 + 32:00 (special features). Haruki Murakami: Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 325 pages. This past September Seiji Ozawa celebrated his 83rd birth­day. In spite of a serious cancer in recent years, Ozawa remains active as a conductor.Next sum­­­mer he plans to…

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