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Teatro Real's Compelling New Rusalka, Live Streamed

December 2, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
On July 1 the Teatro Real in Madrid made news when it broke a coronavirus-imposed silence lasting three months with Verdi’s  La Traviata , the first of several performances of the opera that ran through the month. In the apparent … » Read
 

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The Obscure Donizetti Comes to Life in Bergamo

November 30, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Most of the operas Donizetti wrote prior to his breakthrough success with  Anna Bolena  in 1830 are all but forgotten, despite his having already written around 30 of them by then. In recent years the Donizetti Opera Festival has been … » Read
 

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Italy Shuts Its Theaters, but Donizetti Festival Presses On

November 25, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Time was when the cancellation of two superstar tenors would send a producer of opera into a panic. But that was before the coronavirus, which at least has served to put catastrophic events in perspective as it renders live performances almost an … » Read
 

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Seattle Offers Live-streamed Premiere from Benaroya Hall

November 24, 2020 | Thomas May, Musical America
SEATTLE, WA — Like an artfully spliced film sequence, the highlight of Seattle Symphony’s concert on November 19 seemed to bridge the painful months separating us from the pre-COVID-19 era. Tyshawn Sorey’s For Roscoe Mitchell … » Read
 

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Live Opera Returns to Covent Garden with a Splendid Ariodante

November 24, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The Royal Opera House’s latest livestream was a double homecoming. In 1734, Handel relocated his opera company from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to the old Theatre Royal, the building constructed in 1732 on the site of the present opera … » Read
 

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Long Beach's 'Ungala': 20(!) New Composers Paint a Bright Future for Opera

November 19, 2020 | John Fleming, Musical America
Long Beach Opera is renowned for being at the forefront of innovation, its most recent triumph having been the world premiere of Anthony Davis’s The Central Park Five , which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for music. The Southern California … » Read
 

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SFS's 'Throughline' a Seamless Production, a Successful Way 'Through'

November 18, 2020 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
There’s something eerily fitting about Esa-Pekka Salonen’s arrival this fall as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has turned the classical music world inside out and upside down, the … » Read
 

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The Anonymous Lover: Masked, Socially Distanced, & Worth the Effort

November 16, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges reads like an opera plot—and a good one too. The first acknowledged Black classical composer in history, Saint-Georges was born on the island of Guadeloupe in 1745, son of a French … » Read
 

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In Basel, a Dark, Pandemic Take on Messiaen's Saint François

November 5, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--Switzerland emerged relatively unscathed from Europe's first wave of Covid-19 last spring. Now that a second wave is ripping through the continent, however, the nation is on the ropes, its health system reportedly close to the saturation … » Read
 

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Meredith Monk, 2.0

November 3, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
With public performances remaining severely curtailed, not to mention the travel bans still in place, frustrated artists are finding new ways to communicate, often using newly available technology for remote, real-time collaborations. Meredith … » Read
 
 

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