Hopper’s Wife Sets NYC Opera 2.0 On Promising Course

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By Susan Brodie

NEW YORK – Reconstituted City Opera offered Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie’s 1997 pop-culture fantasy imagining that American realist painter Edward Hopper and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper were married.

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Eclectic Fest By The Neckar, From Brahms To Jazz

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By Rodney Punt

HEIDELBERG, Germany – The 20th Heidelberg Spring tended to its Romantic-era roots with Brahms and Schumann, but also reflected the city’s
innovative present with pop and avant-garde events, and Thomas Quasthoff sang jazz.

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Fresh From 1709, Steffani’s Amor Bows As If Anew

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By Rebecca Schmid

BERLIN – Agostino Steffani’s international style was a model for Handel and Telemann. His renaissance seems belated, but it came at last with Amor vien dal destino at Staatsoper Berlin, the first time in more than 300 years.

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Hewitt Serves Up Scarlatti Sonatas In Detailed Style

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By Paul Robinson

DIGITAL REVIEW – Pianist Angela Hewitt, a celebrated Bach authority, has now immersed herself in Scarlatti’s music with that same scholarly thoroughness and detailed preparation, and the results are equally insightful.

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JFK in Ft. Worth: An Opera As Big, Brash As Texas

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By James L. Paulk

FT. WORTH – In its premiere at the Ft. Worth Opera, David T. Little’s opera about President Kennedy’s fateful Texas stopover channels Philip Glass, John Adams, Britten, and Hollywood while indulging in some graphic sexual banter.

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Old-School Muti Touches Poignant Heart Of Falstaff

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By Nancy Malitz

CHICAGO – Ambrogio Maestri, the world’s reigning Falstaff, again linked up with Riccardo Muti, who taught him the role, in a week of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert performances. There was no stage director in sight.

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Calendar Focus: 88 Keys Are Champs At Gilmore Festival

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By C. J. Gianakaris

KALAMAZOO – Since 1991, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has assembled a biennial blitz of concerts by esteemed pianists from all over the world. This year’s 19-day immersion starts April 26.

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Around the U.S.

Brilliant Design Illuminates Core Of Dark Music

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By Garrett Schumann

DETROIT — The charms of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark serve a grand structural purpose. Her new work, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, is confident and focused in a decisive artistic vision.

Siegfried Slashes Like A Samurai In Houston Spectacle

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By William Albright

HOUSTON – Jay Hunter Morris wielded Nothung with youthful bravado in a dazzling mashup of computer imagery and Cirque du Soleil-style staging by Spanish theater group La Fura Dels Baus as HGO’s Ring cycle continues.

Campy Campra Spectacle Tickles Eyes And Ears

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By Leslie Kandell

NEW YORK – William Christie brought his period-instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants – and lots more – to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a full production of André Campra’s opera-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes.

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Around Canada

Patrician, Populist Impulses Compete In New Music Fest

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By David Gordon Duke

VANCOUVER – Chamber groups Kronos Quartet and Standing Wave joined the Vancouver Symphony in a four-day fest of the new, shaped by conductor Bramwell Tovey and quirky choices of composer Jocelyn Morlock.

Long Estranged, Dutoit, Montreal Reignite Old Fire

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By Earl Arthur Love

MONTREAL — After slamming the door on the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in 2002, Charles Dutoit, who is 79, returned for the first time to conduct two concerts, and a brilliant Petrouchka recaptured their storied rapport.

A Baroque Band Stretches To Make Beethoven Modern

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By Colin Eatock

TORONTO – The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, under the German maestro Bruno Weil, completed its cycle of all the Beethoven symphonies with a Ninth that – like Nos. 1-8 – was permeated by a sense of striving and struggling.

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International

Bavarian Radio SO Opens Tour With Korngold, Mahler

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By Charles T. Downey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by Mariss Jansons on a six-city North American tour, the Bavarians paired a specialty, Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony, with a touch of swashbuckling Hollywood glamour by way of Korngold’s Violin Concerto.

Historical Context Sharpens Focus On Music From Japan

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By Ken Smith

NEW YORK – Japanese music from the past 15 years, as curated by musicologist Yuji Numano, gave the impression of a new shared movement in the context of a continuum, almost a conversation among the composers themselves.

Tristan und Isolde As Stark Love In Repressive Times

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By Rebecca Schmid

BADEN BADEN – Mariusz Treliński’s darkly cynical take on Tristan und Isolde, which is headed for the Metropolitan Opera in September, plays out on a modern warship under the shrouded sun of imperial surveillance and melancholy.

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Issues in the Arts

Music From Japan: Bearing The Stamp Of Global Fusion

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By Richard S. Ginell

NEW YORK – Music From Japan, in its 41st year of concerts, featured works by Misato Mochizuki and eight other composers, all written after 2000 in the freeing spirit of what the event’s curator has dubbed “neo-Japonism.”

Steven Stucky’s Twin Legacies Of Music And Light

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By Richard S. Ginell

LOS ANGELES – Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, who died of brain cancer Feb. 14 at age 66, was an inspiring teacher, lecturer and author whose long association with top orchestras left a lasting impression on many lives.

Extra Special: Evolving Role Of Supernumeraries

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By Barbara Jepson

All of those non-singing performers on opera stages are there to help fulfill the director’s vision for a production — from serving as warriors in Aida to wearing a fish head in the dream sequence in Hansel and Gretel.

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Disc and Stream

Hewitt Serves Up Scarlatti Sonatas In Detailed Style

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By Paul Robinson

DIGITAL REVIEW – Pianist Angela Hewitt, a celebrated Bach authority, has now immersed herself in Scarlatti’s music with that same scholarly thoroughness and detailed preparation, and the results are equally insightful.

Honegger, Ibert Opera Delights In Montreal Release

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By Richard S. Ginell

DIGITAL REVIEW – The Montreal Symphony and music director Kent Nagano return to the Decca label with the first complete recording of L’Aiglon, a forgotten 1937 opera with music by Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert.

Turn Of Century Remix: The Latest Groove’s American

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By Richard S. Ginell

DIGITAL REVIEW – Four orchestras are turning the West Coast into an hotbed of programming enterprise with recent recordings of music by American composers including Ives, Zappa, William Bolcom, and Mason Bates.

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MCANA Hosted Blogs

MTT Revisits Das Lied Von Der Erde – This Time With A Mezzo

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
SAN FRANCISCO — Das Lied Von Erde, Mahler’s gigantic unnumbered symphony disguised as a song cycle, …

The Chairman Turns 100

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
While making the rounds of local garage sales over the past weekend, I spotted a box …

Pull Up A Chair at the Valley Performing Arts Center

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Frequent concertgoers are used to enduring the usual welcome  from some anonymous public-address announcer, followed by …

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