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Iraq National Symphony Plays On, With No Pay and Half Its Musicians

August 15, 2018 | Agence France-Presse
In a dusty Baghdad dance studio, conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat tries to fire up the musicians of Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra, whose enthusiasm has been dampened by eight months without pay. An aging air conditioner fights to beat back the … » Read

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Kimmel Center and Opera Philadelphia Partner for O18

August 14, 2018 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts have struck a deal to co-present the former’s O18 festival, opening Sept. 20. The partnership will save the company $350,000 in rent at the Academy of Music while reminding … » Read

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Oregon Bach Suffers for Lack of a Single Artistic Vision

August 15, 2018 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In summarizing the year’s Oregon Bach Festival’s performances, Tom Manoff concludes that overall quality was not up to past standards set by festival founder Helmuth Rilling and his “extraordinary” successor Matthew … » Read

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Bavarian State Opera Honors Refugees with Noah and Moses

August 15, 2018 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
No European nation has been more welcoming to the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn Middle East than Germany. It only seems appropriate, then, that one of its most innovative cultural institutions—the Bavarian State Opera … » Read

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Decca Issues Bartoli Extravaganza in a Box

August 15, 2018 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Decca Classics is honoring its 30-year relationship with Cecilia Bartoli with a series of new projects. Alexander Buhr, Decca Classical Label Group managing director, called the mezzo-soprano an “artistic driving force on Decca for the last … » Read


Salzburg Report: A Flute for the Kids; a L’Italiana for Bartoli

August 14, 2018 | George Loomis, Musical America
SALZBURG—In the opening production of the 2018 Salzburg Festival, The Magic Flute , Tamino makes his entrance by climbing through a window into a bedroom, where a grandfather is reading to three grandsons. The story happens to be that of … » Read

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