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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Composer/conductor John Williams was born on this date in 1932--he's 84 today. John Williams composed many of the most popular film scores in film history: Jaws, the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., and the first three Harry Potter films, to name just a few. He has won 5 Oscars, 4 Golden Globes, and 22 Grammys. He has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards. Who conducted the opening and closing titles for John Williams' newest Star Wars film--The Force Awakens? Answer >>

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      Whether teaching the ABCs or addressing decidedly more grown-up topics, Sesame Street has expanded children's minds and hearts since its debut nearly fifty years ago. Many musicians have visited Sesame Street, introducing people of all ages to great music. There have been many inspiring musical moments on Sesame Street, but here are some of WFMT's favorites! more...

      These Photoshopped Pictures of Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde Will Make You Literally LOL

      Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, but with her sense of humor. When Goerke posted a production photo from the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Siegfried, in which she plays the role more... more...

      New Opera Exposes Horrors of My Lai Massacre

      “The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, "My Lai," that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life. more...

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      Jonas Kaufmann performs Tosca's Recondita Armonia – exclusive video

      It was one of opera’s most celebrated performances of 2015 – Jonas Kaufmann’s all-Puccini gala concert at La Scala, Milan, with arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West. “Jonas Kaufmann conquers La Scala,” declared La Stampa. Now you can see it, when it is broadcast in cinemas in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and across Europe, and enjoy the singer the New York Times called “the most important, versatile tenor of his generation”. As a taster, we have an exclusive clip from the concert of Kaufmann singing Cavaradossi’s opening aria from Tosca, Recondita armonia, featuring the Filarmonica della Scala under conductor Jochen Rieder

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      English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

      Equity union says proposed pay and job cuts amount to ‘cultural vandalism’ that threatens company’s artistic future

      On Friday, the chorus of English National Opera were on stage in front of more than 2,000 people as part of an exhilarating opening night of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. On Monday they performed a two-minute Gilbert and Sullivan song for a tiny audience of journalists. But it is the latter which may, in the long run, prove the most important.

      The 44-strong chorus sang Hail Poetry from The Pirates of Penzance to launch their campaign to save wages, jobs and, in their eyes, the very future of ENO.

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      BBCSO/Oramo/Fleming review – precision and exotic colour

      Barbican, London
      Vocal works by Holloway and Hillborg were beautifully performed by US soprano Renée Fleming and the BBCSO under Sakari Oramo

      Currently the subject of the Barbican’s Artist Spotlight, Renée Fleming gave two works their UK premiere in this programme by the BBC Symphony under its chief conductor, Sakari Oramo.

      Appropriately for a singer who speaks excellent French, the first was C’Est l’Extase, a sequence of 10 settings by Debussy of the poet Paul Verlaine, “arranged, linked, and scored with an epilogue by Robin Holloway”, as the published score puts it – though a couple were omitted in this performance.

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