Two Concerts in Paris

January 15th, 2017

By:  Frank Cadenhead Two concerts, Thursday and Friday, January 12 and 13, 2017, give a view to the future of the Paris music scene. The Thursday concert, with the first appearance of the new music director of the Orchestre National de France in his new role, gives a positive impression. Emmanuel Krivine, 69, is not […]

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Antonini Works Alcina’s Magic

January 11th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 11, 2017 Post is under revision. Photos © Monika Rittershaus (performance), Philippe Jaroussky (backstage) and Opernhaus Zürich (curtain call)

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Changes at the Opéra-Comique and Lyon’s Orchestra.

January 10th, 2017

Best Laid Plans Department: for the Opéra-Comique, closed for two years, the post-restoration opening remains a story to be continued. Nine performances of Offenbach’s Fantasio in February, with a starry cast, was originally the celebratory opening event of the newly refurbished hall, the iconic Salle Favart. Delays in the promised completion date pushed the Offenbach […]

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January 3rd, 2017

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    When we woke up Christmas morning, we discovered that the Grinch at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had left two surprises in our stockings: 1) NEW FILING FEES Effective as of December 24, 2016, the filing fee for all O and P petitions is now $460. All petitions […]

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Rozhdestvensky in Large Letters, Please.

December 8th, 2016

By:  Frank Cadenhead Odd behavior marked the scheduled appearance of Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the helm of the Russian National Orchestra in Paris on Monday, November 28. The orchestra was at the Philharmonie for a short, two stop, tour. Two days before, at a concert in Baden-Baden, he conducted a program of Prokoviev’s Classical Symphony, the […]

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A Healthy Paris Opera

December 6th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead The numbers for the Opéra national de Paris’ 2015-2016 season, recently released, gives a positive impression despite the effects of the murderous series of terrorist attacks on the 13th of November of last year. Attendance has remained steady and private donations are up. The attack on the Bataclan Theater, which lasted over […]

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Bramall to Gärtnerplatz

December 6th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 6, 2016 MUNICH — London-born conductor Anthony Bramall, 59, has been appointed Chefdirigent of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz here, effective next season. He succeeds Marco Comin. Bramall studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and conducting with Vilém Tauský. He has already led several productions with the […]

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Flitting Thru Prokofiev

November 30th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 30, 2016 MUNICH — As fluent as Valery Gergiev is in Prokofiev, he had precious little to say with a cycle of the symphonies here this month. Fluency meant wise tempos, a feel for the boldness in the scores’ structures, a facility in cuing the two orchestras on duty. It […]

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Can A Union Walk Away With My Contract?

November 29th, 2016

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.     Dear Law and Disorder:  Is it legal that a presenter can put “strike, lock-out or other labor controversy (including, without limitation, the picketing on the theater by representatives of any labor union having or claiming to have jurisdiction over theater’s employees” into a force majeure clause? I mean, […]

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Muti the Publisher

October 29th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 29, 2016 RAVENNA — Imprints, sub-brands, and discreet licensing entities were once a way for artists with bargaining power to secure fatter stakes in the published output of their work. Among conductors, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and Nikolaus Harnoncourt enjoyed the privilege. Are such endeavors still viable, given social […]

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