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(UK) Opera Today Review: "Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.

What connects these two events? Well, on both occasions I found myself contemplating ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Shakespeare in the Late Baroque - Bampton Classical Opera" (by Anna Ozorio, 17 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"Shakespeare re-imagined for the very Late Baroque, with Bampton Classical Opera at St John's Smith Square. "Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare....the God of Our Idolatory". So wrote David Garrick in his Ode to Shakespeare (1759) through which the actor and showman marketed Shakespeare to new audiences, fanning the flames of "Bardolatory". All Europe was soon caught up in the frenzy. ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review Article: "The Soothing Simplicity of Musica Pacifica" (by Niels Swinkels 15 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 16, 2016

"When the members of Bay Area baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica put together their program for the opening of the 40th season of the S.F. Early Music Society, little could they have suspected that sacred and secular music from 17th century Italy would offer much needed distraction, comfort and soothing in the wake of an emotionally turbulent week. ...


(FR) Opera Today Review: "Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno in Aix" (by Michael Milenski, 09 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 10, 2016

... "The Triumph of Time and Disillusion was composed in 1707 in Rome by the 22 year-old German composer Georg Friedrich Händel. Opera was banned in Rome, the pontifical city firmly in the grips of the artistic terrors of the Counter Reformation, i.e. opera was banned." ...


(FR) Musicologie.org Newsletter Review: "Monteverdi served by Rinaldo Alessandrini" (Dijon, Auditorium, 7 Apr 2016, by Eusebius)

Contributed by admin on Apr 11, 2016

"After the Swiss (Hugues Cuenod in 1951, Edwin Loehrer and his Societa Cameristica di Lugano, in the following years), dozens of Baroque groups have taken on madrigals by Monteverdi, with very diverse results. Among their greatest performers, Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano, which he founded with Fabio Biondi there over thirty years. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Handel’s Berenice, London" (by Claire Seymour, 21 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 10, 2016

"1737 was Handel’s annus horribilis. His finances were in disarray and his opera company was struggling in the face of the challenge presented by the rival Opera of the Nobility. The strain and over-work led to a stroke, as the Earl of Shaftesbury reported: ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Handel : Elpidia - Opera Settecento" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Apr 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 03, 2016

"Roll up! A new opera by Handel is to be performed, L’Elpidia overo li rivali generosi. It is based upon a libretto by Apostolo Zeno with music by Leonardo Vinci - excepting a couple of  ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: "Opera's new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness" (by Amanda Holden, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"The Opera Guide is the first opera reference book compiled solely for publication online. At last reference books can be kept up-to-date, and this concise version of my previous opera guides contains state-of-the-art information on the 100 composers whose operas are most often performed, along with 250 operas that are their best works. Starting with Monteverdi and Cavalli, it ranges all through the repertoire to Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Adès, who have all written new operatic works to be premiered this year. ...


(US) Opera Today Review: "Classical Opera: MOZART 250 — 1766: A Retrospective (by Claire Seymour, 21 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

"With this performance of vocal and instrumental works composed by the 10-year-old Mozart and his contemporaries during 1766, Classical Opera entered the second year of their 27-year project, MOZART 250, which is designed to ‘contextualise the development and influences of [sic] the composer’s artistic personality’ and, more audaciously, to ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "L'ospedale - an anonymous opera rediscovered" (by Claire Seymore, 27 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 29, 2015

"L’Ospedale - a one-hour opera by an unknown seventeenth-century composer, with a libretto by Antonio Abati which presents a satirical critique of the medical profession of the day ...