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Gergiev takes music beyond the concert hall

  London’s Trafalgar Square has for centuries been an icon of the city. In its centre stands Nelson’s column, flanked by the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin in the Fields. It is also the home to thousands of pigeons, which will have to move over for the London Symphony Orchestra as principal…
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Elizabeth Connell – she showed that opera has a conscience

  This week we learnt with sadness of the death of soprano Elizabeth Connell. She thrilled audiences in Sydney and round the world with her voice and her interpretations of the great dramatic roles like Turandot, Lady Macbeth and Elektra. She sang on the most famous stages around the world – Prague, Hamburg, the Royal Opera…
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The afflictions of music

Readers will be familiar with numerous studies claiming the physical and psychological benefits of participating in musical activities. The pressures of being a solo performer in the public eye are anything but calming. Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix – rock stars who died young weren’t the only ones. In classical music, Pergolesi,…
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Jessye Norman Australian tour cancelled

Lennard Promotions have announced with regret the cancellation of Jessye Norman’s Australian tour, citing circumstances beyond the control of both the artist and the promoter. Ticket refunds are available from the place of purchase.
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All the world’s a stage – concert venues outside the square

Hiring major venues in Sydney is a costly exercise. Albeit the performers get a world class stage and the support services to boot. However, the budget involved is more often than not, beyond the means of smaller and emerging artistes; and the larger auditoriums are not always acoustically suited to the performers. Meeting these needs are a…
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Ode to joy – the Sydney Symphony Opening Gala

A superb performance by all in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Monday 13th February 2012. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy with soloists Lorina Gore, soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo-soprano, James Egglestone, tenor, and Michael Nagy, bass, with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. http://bigpondvideo.com/classical/422089
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Arrebato fuses flameno, jazz and the world in their second CD “Absolucion”

The style is possibly as difficult to define as the English meaning of their name – “Arrebato”, variously translated as “fury”, “something that rises rapidly” or “a wave of emotion”.  It’s fair to say that any and all of these describe the music of this ensemble. Arrebato release their second CD “Absolucion” in June 2011….

New Alden production of “Dream” an abstraction of Britten’s life.

Once in a while in opera, a new production comes along that fits so perfectly with the narrative, history and legend, that you wonder why it took so long for the concept to be realized. Christopher Alden’s new production of Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the ENO, is one such offering. More “Scream” than “Dream”,…