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      QUIZ – What Fairy Tale Opera Are You?

      Everyone loves a fairy tale, and one of the most magical ways to experience one is at the opera house! Some of the most beloved operas of all time are inspired by fairy tales and other enchanting stories. What fairy tale opera are you? more...

      10 Facts About Bach’s Coffee Opera You Need to Know

      Yup, that's right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here's some facts about Bach's "Coffee Cantata" and how the piece came to be about. more...

      With 3 operas on 1 night, which do you pick?

      When three opera companies in one city all open their seasons on the same night, which opera do you attend? On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Fringe Opera opened their seasons, performing The Marriage of Figaro, Lucio Silla, and The Turn of the Screw respectively. With two more... more...

      Your Soundtrack for the Supermoon Eclipse

      Tonight we'll experience a serendipitous celestial spectacle: a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse! As you're watching the skies, you need a little night music for the perfect soundtrack. Check out this list of moon music: some are well known classics, others are almost as rare as a supermoon eclipse! more...

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      Werther review – emotional power despite the reductions

      Britten theatre, London
      With a slimmed-down orchestra and baritone lead, Massenet’s opera sounds substantially different, but a strong cast, especially Lauren Zolezzi, ensure it’s a rewarding evening

      Oliver Platt’s production of Massenet’s lyric drama for English Touring Opera has some unusual features. Visually, it is a simplified version, with designer Oliver Townsend providing a single interior set, and one or two secondary characters have gone missing: the village boozer Schmidt – ably sung by Jeff Stewart – loses his drinking companion Johann, many of whose lines are transferred to Michael Druiett’s solidly respectable Bailiff, who thereby gains an unexpected fondness for the bottle.

      The small group of the Bailiff’s young children, though, remains; at the Britten theatre the perfectly rehearsed team comes from Vauxhall primary school, south London.

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      Facing the music: Elizabeth Watts

      Kleiber’s Traviata, Rattle’s Beethoven, and confessions about cheesy rock and Kylie & Jason... the soprano shares her musical inspirations

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      On the radio. I like the serendipity.

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      BBCNOW/Søndergård review – intimacy and lyricism in season opener

      St David’s Hall, Cardiff
      The BBC National Orchestra of Wales tipped their hats to Huw Watkins in a performance that showed just how assured their new composer-in-association is

      Under principal conductor Thomas Søndergård, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales opened their new season with a showcase affair, beginning with a glittering display of Stravinsky’s Fireworks. Because this was the work in which the young Igor was flexing his wings for his early masterpiece The Firebird, it also read as an introductory compliment to the orchestra’s new composer-in-association, Huw Watkins, whose first big successes came in his 20s.

      Watkins’s London Concerto was written 10 years ago when he was 29, and was commissioned for the centenary of the London Symphony Orchestra as a vehicle for three of that orchestra’s brilliant principals. It is testimony to the remarkable assurance and fluency of Watkins’s writing from the outset of his career. His use of three solo instruments, violin, bassoon and harp invokes the concerto grosso and the sinfonia concertante, and, with the second and fourth of the work’s five movements set for orchestra alone, there is a definite sense of Watkins playing deftly with form. It was the balance of chamber-music intimacy and lyricism – in the solo instruments, played with flair by Malin Broman, Rachel Gough and Hannah Stone, respectively, and in their interaction with the orchestral soloists – with a larger-scale overall momentum that was striking here. The ending, a gentle fizzling out, allowed it to avoid the obvious.

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