Benjamin Britten

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If 2017 was the year of the woman, it was the year of one very specific kind of woman.
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"I don't like to constantly talk about how great Mozart is. Part of that is around the whole idea of the ten thousand hours
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Cellist Zuill Bailey's latest recording, Muhly & Bloch, combines the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly's Cello Concerto with Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Three Jewish Poems.
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Curlew River is officially called A Parable for Church Performance, and this production, brought over from London with its original cast and complete orchestra is, according to the on-line program, the U.S. World Premiere; I can't imagine a more perfect production.
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San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.
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One hundred years after the start of the First World Wa Birmingham Royal Ballet pays homage with a stunning triple bill of revivals that showcases British ballet at its musical best, its theatrical best and its stylistic best.
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When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual's triumph in winning an award to recognize his talent. The truth is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input of many others.
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STUART SKELTON. Photo, John Wright Stuart Skelton (as King Arthur). Photo, courtesy of IMG Artists This past April, Stuart
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Balulalow (Old English) Today's meditation features a piece from Benjamin Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols.' "Balulalow" refers
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The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others.
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The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.
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Standing ovations are so prevalent they are meaningless. The consensus is that ticket buyers paying so much for a seat rise at curtain calls in order to convince themselves they've just gotten their money's worth. There are occasions, however, when standing O's are indisputably meaningful.
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Among the many standout soloists, principal oboist Rita Mitzel masterful with the exploratory, almost jazz lines, that surf the orchestrals. Powerful delicacy and thrust in the strings toward a gallopy finish, but, crucially, not overdone.
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Composer Benjamin Britten's 2013 centenary sparked performances of his many-varied works around the globe. His catalogue of operas, orchestral and chamber works, song cycles and more were programmed everywhere, some of the material being tagged as rare or seldom performed.
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Today's revival of the Baroque master's operas are the core of the countertenor repertoire. On this occasion, Asawa featured selections from both genres.
Queer Voices
Only the English seem incapable of acknowledging the brilliance of one of our own without trying to rummage about in his life for something innocent that can be twisted into an all-consuming fault. In fact, it sounds faintly homophobic, as though we still can't have a national treasure who was gay.
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Few programs explore the power of ballet to depict the human condition and the inhuman condition as beguilingly as Pacific Northwest Ballet's current offering of three modern classics by Jiří Kylián, brilliantly paired with Emergence, Crystal Pite's spine-chilling parable of a sci-fi insect kingdom.
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The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.
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Looking over the relatively lighter crowd coursing into the first revival of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at
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One of the most creative and inventive films I've seen recently was Wes Anderson's 2012 Moonrise Kingdom, with all the strange oddities of style, camera angles, and storyline that make this director's work so compelling and so memorable.