Daily News Roundup: 22 July 2016

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Susanna Eastburn

Susanna Eastburn

Today’s Daily News Roundup responds to the questions “Where have the great composers gone?” Plus presidential operas, Norman Lebrecht’s latest, and more.


+ Soap opera or operatic tragedy? Schmopera’s Jenna Douglas evaluates the hypothetical operas of the 2016 American Presidential election.

+ Susanna Eastburn, a chief executive of Sound and Music and a champion of new music, responds to Philip Clark’s editorial “Where have the great composers gone?”

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+ Video of the Day – Duet for French Horn and Chair.

+ Read Norman Lebrecht’s latest review of F. X. Mozart and Muzio Clementi piano concertos performed by Howard Shelley.

+ This Day in Music – 1949: Alan Menken is Born.

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Kiersten van Vliet was the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale from 2015–17.

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