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      Carl's Morning Quiz: American soprano Leontyne Price was born on this date--February 10, 1927--in Laurel, Mississippi. She is 89 years old today. Among the many highlights of her long and distinguished career: she opened the new Metropolitan Opera House in September of 1966, singing a role written for her by a leading American composer. Name the opera and the composer. Answer >>


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      Mark Wigglesworth: ENO needs to innovate to survive, not reduce

      English National Opera plans to slash wages and jobs after a £5m cut. Its music director believes this would be a betrayal of everything the company stands for

      It is probably stating the obvious to say that Mozart’s The Magic Flute, currently being performed by English National Opera, is about the magical power of music. The title is rather a giveaway. Volumes of musical analysis, psychological tracts and neurological experiments have tried to explain this power, but in the end it remains a mystery. Fortunately. Music can soothe and excite, make public the deeply private, or inspire and unite the heart and mind within a single second. Despite being completely unintelligible, it is a language that we all can understand.

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      Britten Sinfonia/Rundell review – Andriessen shines among his contemporaries

      Barbican, London
      A programme of works by Reich, Martland and Andriessen had high performance standards but suffered from problems of balance

      The music of Louis Andriessen is everywhere at the Barbican this week. His most recent opera and most recent orchestral work will each receive their UK premieres, while the tribute began with a concert by the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Clark Rundell, which placed one of the Dutch composer’s song cycles alongside works by two of his contemporaries and friends, Steve Martland and Steve Reich.

      Related: A guide to Louis Andriessen's music

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      ORA/Digby review – a dramatic setting for a memorable choral debut

      Chapel of St Peter ad Vincular, London
      The Renaissance chapel royal of St Peter ad Vincular was an ideal setting for choral works both ancient and modern

      Founded and directed by Suzi Digby, the new vocal ensemble ORA’s launch concert took place in the historically appropriate surroundings of the chapel royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.

      The basis of its initial programme consisted of works by William Byrd – famously a recusant Catholic during the reign of Elizabeth I – performed in the very burial place of the monarch’s mother, Anne Boleyn, as well as that of Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell.

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