(US) Opera Today: "Operalia, the World Opera Competition, Showcases 2014 Winners" Review by Maria Nockin (02 Sept. 2014)
From a recent OperaToday news item.
"On August 30, Los Angeles Opera presented the finals concert of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the world opera competition. Founded in 1993, the contest endeavors to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Thousands of applicants send in recordings from which forty singers are chosen to perform live in the city where the contest is being held. Last year it was Verona, Italy, this year Los Angeles, next year London. ...
(CA) Call for Papers and Performances | HKSNA 2015 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Deadline 30 Sep 2014)
2015 Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)
Conference Date: May 21-24, 2015, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Proposal submission deadline for 2015 meeting: September 30, 2014 ...
From a recent Consort de Danse Baroque newsletter
"We were a bit late putting next term's dates online, which means that we're having to send this notification from our summer school, without the normal individually customised date lists. To view the dates of classes in London, Cardiff, Bath, Gloucester and Exeter, ...
From a recent Nancy Carlin Associates newsletter, and, from the Lute Society of America Inc., the following news item ...
"As you may know, our friend, the lute teacher Pat O'Brien (1947-2014) passed away a few weeks ago. Pat's family has asked the New York Continuo Collective to arrange a memorial and music to celebrate his life and teaching. It will take place at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2014 in New York City at St. Luke Lutheran Church. The church is located at 308 West 46th Street (the South side of 46th street, just West of 8th Avenue). All are welcome.
(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Why watching classical music through Google Glass is a waste of time" (By Ivan Hewett 13 Aug 2014)
From a recent article in The Telegraph, a news article extolling the virtues (or not) of the use of Google Glass technology in music performances. While perhaps not be best of medium to view and hear a performance, but, as one commentator suggests, a way by which to augment the performance with such options as extra performance notes or even translations of libretto, etc. You be the judge ...
From the latest newsletter from the Shakespeare Trust
"There's still plenty of time to make the most of the Summer holidays at Shakespeare's family homes! ...
EarlyMusicNews.org joins the early music world in commemorating the death and contribution of Mr. Frans Brüggen to the early music movement. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For more information of his passing, visit (UK) The Guardian website.
" ...For their first revival of the production, Glyndebourne brought back conductor Olivier Dantone, and assembled a cast which showcased the modern counter-tenor revival by including a total of four in the cast. . Unusually for a modern performance of a Handel opera, all the male characters were played by men ...
As with previous years, the singing competition will take place during the "Innsbruck Festival of Early Music"
"The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti will take place in Innsbruck for the fifth time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 21 August. ... "
If you are in the region of Innsbruck, you may want to consider attending some of the concerts at this year's Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.
"The stars were favourable for music in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Domenico Scarlatti were born. The three bright stars that shone over the baroque era are the focus of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival. Presenting masterpieces from the opera, the church, the concert hall and the chamber. To round off the picture, there will also be music by the father figures and teachers of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, by friends and contemporaries as well as by their sons’ generation. ...
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