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Julie Roset & Stephano Park Win Top Prizes at 2023 Operalia Competition!

The Operalia Competition which was held at the Cape Town Opera has announced its 2023 winners. The first-prize winners were Stephano Park and Julie Roset while second prize went to Luke Sutliff and Eugénie Joneau. The third prize went to Navasard Hakobyan and Elena Villalon. Eugénie Joneau was the winner of the Birgit Nilsson award, [...]

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Five Stars for Robert Carsen’s new production for La Scala

So proud and thrilled for Robert!!  Five stars for a powerful and gripping Peter Grimes at La Scala, Milan. Benjamin Britten’s grim tale of persecution and intolerance is taking Italy by storm. Financial Times Director Robert Carsen’s new production for La Scala, the first at the Milan house for more than a decade, sets the [...]

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The Start of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Operalia, the World Opera Competition!

Operalia was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Operalia’s goal is to attract singers between the ages of twenty and thirty-two, of all voice types from and all over the world, to have them audition and be heard by [...]

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The Great Soprano Dame Felicity Lott has won this year’s Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award!

 The great soprano Dame Felicity Lott won this year’s Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday. As Richard Fairman reflects in Gramophone’s Awards issue (out now): ‘Lott’s was a voice that was limpid, warm, gleaming – a classic lyric soprano. Its home territory was Mozart and Strauss, and looking back we can see that Lott forms [...]

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Beijing Music Festival: Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle

On October 7th & 8th, Beijing Music Festival will introduce "Medium Theater Opera," featuring a new adaptation of Bartók's opera Bluebeard's Castle by the U.K.-based @theatreofsound, performed by the @london.sinfonietta at the Beijing Comedy Theatre. Susan Bickley and Graeme Danby star; Stephen Higgins conducts; Daisy Evans directs.

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Frieze London & Frieze Masters 2023

Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2023 are both set to take place from 11–15 October in The Regent’s Park. A centrepiece of Frieze London’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, the programme explores the UK’s cultural landscape through a series of collaborations with key arts organizations and public institutions.  These collaborations will sit alongside Frieze London’s special section Artist-to-Artist, which invites eight world-renowned artists [...]

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Teatro alla Scala New Production: Peter Grimes returns in a new production by Robert Carsen!

Among the greatest triumphs of 20th-century musical theatre, Peter Grimes returns in a new production by Robert Carsen, marking the La Scala debut of Simone Young, a conductor at home in the world’s preeminent theatres who built her reputation as conductor of the Hamburg State Opera.   The disturbing story is taken from the narrative [...]

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Émigré

An international cast joins the NY Phil for the US Premiere of Aaron Zigman & Mark Campbell’s Émigré, a new oratorio that traces the story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai to escape the Holocaust. Long Yu conducts this semi-staged production.

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Zanele Muholi’s Self-Titled Exhibition At Southern Guild Is Deeply Confronting & Remarkably Comforting

“The uterus is the rite of passage that is common to all of us regardless of race, class, gender. It is a common space, it is like water – water is water, blood is blood, the womb is the womb, birth is birth. You are born from someone, you come from that passage.” – Zanele [...]

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CUHK 60th Anniversary: Yo-Yo Ma & HK Phil

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, this special one-night-only event unites HK Phil Music Director Jaap van Zweden and beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma for Dvořák’s magnificent Cello Concerto. Beethoven’s heroic Leonore Overture no. 3 opens the concert, and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien – a richly descriptive portrait of Italy – brings the evening to a rousing [...]

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Jenůfa: Robert Carsen’s Purified take on Leoš Janáček’s Opera

With Jenůfa, Leoš Janáček broke through as a music theatre composer once and for all. His third opera is set in the countryside, in a tight-knit community with stifling social control. Jenůfa becomes pregnant from Števa. He promises to marry her but breaks his word. At the highest possible price, Jenůfa’s stepmother, the respected sexton [...]

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Light in the Universe – MISA 2023 Opening Concert

The annual Music in the Summer Air (MISA) returns, kicking off its 14th year at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall. This year, the cross-genre line-up will be performing music for 2 weeks. ‘Light in the Universe’ is the event's main theme. During the music season, more than 20 diverse performances will be offered to audiences [...]

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Yayoi Kusama at M+ Hong Kong’s Global Museum of Visual Culture

Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now is the largest retrospective of the artist in Asia outside Japan. Featuring more than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and archival material, this exhibition surveys Kusama’s career from the earliest drawings she made as a teenager during World War II to her most recent immersive art pieces. Organised [...]

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The King’s Coronation Concert to feature Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

To Feature Chinese Pianist Lang Lang  With the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla right around the corner, the BBC has announced the world-famous stars joining in on the celebratory Coronation concert. Among those joining the lineup include singer-songwriters Paloma Faith and Tiwa Savage, rock ‘n’ roll singer Steve Winwood and pianist Lang [...]

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 – The largest edition since 2019!

Art Basel concludes a resonant 2023 edition in Hong Kong amid reports of vigorous sales and strong attendance, attesting to the continued reinvigoration of Hong Kong’s cultural scene and its pivotal role as the gateway to the Asian art market Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 closed on Saturday, March 25, 2023, following a week of [...]

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The Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2023 reaches a major milestone this summer, marking a decade as the city’s premier Contemporary Art Event

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair reaches a major milestone this summer, marking a decade as the city's premier visual, contemporary art event. From its inception, the fair has connected artists with galleries and collectors while showcasing fresh ideas and masterpieces in the making. Produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, a leader and one of [...]

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ROH Turandot – Puccini’s Final Opera is a Glorious Pageant of Rich Colour, Dance & Drama

In the court of Princess Turandot, suitors who fail to solve her riddles are brutally killed. But when a mysterious Prince answers correctly, suddenly he holds all the power – and a glorious secret. When life hangs in the balance, can love conquer all? Puccini’s score is rich in musical marvels (featuring ‘Nessun dorma’), while [...]

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Graceland: Ava Wong Davies’s monologue takes us through the small, slow steps that lead her central character into peril

Review by Arifa Akbar, The Guardian This slow but searing monologue begins as a girl-meets-boy romance which might be a meet cute if the tone were not so sombre. He is a poet, aloof and intriguing, she is a receptionist, instantly drawn to him. “I don’t believe in love at first sight but I feel [...]

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Maestro Long Yu – A Night of Reunion

It's a night of reunion. It's a night of ecstasy. It's a night of triumph. Music Director Maestro Long Yu - 余隆 was back on the podium last night. The full force of the orchestra was at his disposal in two firsts by Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in the first half and Piano Quartet No. [...]

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Art is Fair at Fahreneit88, Kuala Lumpur

Seeing is believing. Thinking. Feeling. Art today is an intriguing spectrum of intellect, imagination, and emotion that sparks dialogues about life, existence, and our world. It is essentially a human experience.  ARTisFAIR was fashioned on this very notion, to challenge perceptions about art, while creating a new kind of appreciation. The biggest hybrid contemporary art [...]

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