Horses for Mozartwoche

February 24th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 24, 2017 SALZBURG — The gimmicky proposition of Mozart’s Requiem enhanced with equine ballet dominated this year’s Mozartwoche schedule, and no doubt budget. It capped, in a way, five iterations of the festival lavishly managed by Marc Minkowski and his front-office counterpart Matthias Schulz, and it brought in for the […]

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Staatsoper Favors Local Fans

February 22nd, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 22, 2017 MUNICH — Bavarian State Opera had a delicate problem. It was selling too many tickets online, more with each passing season. Its system, powered by CTS Eventim, was so robust and so fast that little was left to sell via phone or in person minutes after the 10 […]

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industry events

February 17th, 2017

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What In The World Is Going On As Of February 2, 2017?

February 1st, 2017

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    On January 30, 2017 we posted an update to clarify what was going on (at least as of Sunday, January 29, 2017) with regard to President Voldemort’s now infamous January 27, 2017 Executive Order and how it impacts the arts. As you may imagine, as the result of lawsuits […]

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U.S. Orchestras on Travel Ban

January 31st, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 31, 2017 MUNICH — Yesterday the League of American Orchestras, based in New York, issued this statement: “The music that orchestras play and the communities they serve are global and include people and cultures from [Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen] now subject to the travel ban issued […]

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?

January 29th, 2017

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. Except for those of you who may have been exploring other dimensions for the past few days, almost everyone else on the planet has been following the flurry of recent developments in the US as our country falls into the slipstream of chaos. We felt it was important to clarify […]

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Tonhalle Lights Up the Beyond

January 27th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 27, 2017 ZURICH — It was not the most natural of programs. Beethoven’s familiar C-Major Piano Concerto (1795) prepared nobody for Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà … , or Lightning Over the Beyond … , the 65-minute theological ornithological astronomical would-be symphony Messiaen finished in 1991; the latter needs to stand alone. […]

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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 ZURICH — Christof Loy’s staging of Alcina here, new in 2014 and just revived, imagines a blurred line between a theater troupe’s onstage roles and its members’ backstage passions and asks what it means to break free of illusion — this last substituting for Ariosto’s island magic, happily […]

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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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