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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome composer-pianist Alina K to our portfolio of artists.

Lithuanian-born Alina K came to London with the intention of developing and building on her piano playing skills, and with a dream that one day she might perhaps be able to turn her passion for music into a full-time career. Having recognised her talent early on, Alina K’s friends and family encouraged her to continue with her piano playing, but since she was working full-time in high-end retail concessions, she found very little time to devote to her true passion. However, encouraged by a close friend to compose her own music, Alina K discovered that she had the ability to compose, and this re-ignited her passion and her determination.

After a chance meeting in London with the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week who heard her music, Alina K was twice invited to perform at the opening ceremony of this prestigious event in Canada. With fashion being her second passion, she was delighted to accept this invitation and even more so when, on both occasions, she was unexpectedly asked to model on the catwalk for leading fashion designers.

Encouraged by this and championed and supported by friends and esteemed names across the music industry who recognised the immense potential that she had, Alina K threw herself into composing her own breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally engaging music. With the right people behind her, she became more determined than ever to pursue her dream of making music her full time occupation and of having her compositions used in films and on television. With this in mind, in early 2017 she made the brave and bold decision to leave her full-time day job in order to devote more time to her music.

The risk paid off because in February 2018, Alina K will release her debut EP ‘Awakening’, comprising four original tracks recorded in Studio Two at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in North West London. With her refreshingly edgy, stylish demeanour and engaging personality, Alina K really is set to breathe fresh air into the contemporary music world with the launch of her groundbreaking debut EP.

(Written on November 17, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus to perform at the Barbican, Sharon Roffman becomes the new Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader. Also footballers who love classical music, Weinstein and the German cultural sector and the shrinking of music publishing jobs.

The Telegraph

Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus make marvellous work of Beethoven and Bruckner at the Barbican

Londoners may be spoiled when it comes to orchestras, with four symphony-sized bands and numerous specialist ensembles right on their doorstep.

Classic FM

Footballers who love classical music

Think football and classical music can’t mix? As the 2017/18 football season is now well underway, we couldn’t resist taking a look at a few sporting stars who are just as crazy about classical music as we are.

The Strad

Sharon Roffman appointed Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader

US violinist will share role at RSNO with current incumbent Maya Iwabuchi.

Music Business Worldwide

Music publishing jobs have shrunk 10% in three years in UK – as label jobs have grown 7%

The number of people in full-time employment working in the UK music publishing sector fell by 10.3% between 2013 and 2016.

Spotify on course to hit 500m users and a $100bn valuation, says GP Bullhound

If you thought the now-infamous Goldman Sachs report on music streaming was optimistic, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The New York Times

Forced Out By Flooding, Houston’s Opera Gets On With the Show

The big sets had to be jettisoned. The shadow-play in the production was overhauled. The conductor was forced to lead with her back to the singers. But the show went on.

Broadway World

New York Youth Symphony to Honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni

The NYYS’s 55th Annual Benefit Gala will honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni, two outstanding individuals who have continually given their talents and support to arts organizations around the world.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Viel Publikumszuspruch

Mehr als 2000 Besucher kamen zur dritten Gilchinger Kunst- und Kulturwoche. Das Publikum erlebte an zehn Tagen an 15 Spielorten mit gut 40 Veranstaltungen ein vielfältiges Programm.

Der Tagesspiegel

Weinstein und der deutsche Kulturbetrieb

Was ist wichtiger? Die Aufklärung über Machtstrukturen und ihren Missbrauch oder die Bekenntnisse prominenter Opfer von sexueller Gewalt? Eine Umfrage zum Weinstein-Skandal.

Pizzicato

Dresdner Philharmonie bittet Stadt, Janowski als Chef zu bestellen

Die Dresdner Philharmonie hat die Stadt Dresden als Träger des Orchesters gebeten, mit ihrem ehemaligen Chefdirigenten Marek Janowski (78) Verhandlungen aufzunehmen, um ihn erneut als Chef zu bestellen.

Musik Heute

Dresdner Philharmonie will Janowski als Chefdirigent

Marek Janowski soll ab der Saison 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent der Dresdner Philharmonie werden.

Il Messagero

Musica jazz, Jason Moran celebra il centenario di Thelonious Monk

Umbria Jazz Winter (a Orvieto dal 28 dicembre al 1 gennaio) porta in Italia lo spettacolo più ambizioso tra quelli che nel 2017 hanno celebrato il centenario della nascita di Thelonious Monk.

France musique

A New York, plus les danseuses sont habillées moins elles sont rémunérées

Dans la production des Contes d’Hoffman d’Offenbach qui se joue depuis le 26 septembre 2017 au Metropolitan Opera de New York, plusieurs figurantes interprètent des courtisanes vénitiennes, avec une importante baisse de salaires les soirs où elles sont un peu plus vêtues sur scène.

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(Written on October 24, 2017 )

The ninth Planet Tree Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, running until 26th October in Hampstead, North London.


Founder and composer Lawrence Ball has curated the festival with the aim of creating an immersive experience for those wishing to connect to a higher sphere through deep engagement with classical music. Audiences are encouraged to lie down, meditate and experience the sound worlds presented, championing an alternative way of listening. The outdated rules employed in traditional concert halls are discarded in favour of a more accessible experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation. 

Similar in format to Max Richter’s sold-out ‘Sleep’, the 2017 Planet Tree Music Festival offers concert attendees the opportunity to lie down and relax into cosmic sound worlds, with a host of international musicians performing music specially written for this year’s programme.

 

The festival was opened by Terry Riley in 1996, establishing its ethos and reputation as one that showcases tonal, non-elitist contemporary music. The programme deals with the brighter side of contemporary classical music, featuring pieces by popular composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt.

Collaborator and performer James D’Angelo says: “The Planet Tree Music Festival has established a new forum for contemporary music that returns music to its spiritual roots and gets people in touch with their souls hungry for impressions of who and what they are… No composer could ask for anything more than the refined atmosphere that is the Planet Tree Music Festival.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door of each of the venues, namely the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and All Hallows Church, Hampstead. Full concert details can be found here.

WildKat has, so far, secured coverage for Planet Tree Music Festival in PRS M Magazine, Culture Whisper, International Arts Manager, and local newspaper Camden New Journal. Stay tuned for more!

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to be working with composer and pianist Andrew James Johnson on his upcoming album release and concert, following the launch of his new brand.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, says: “Working alongside our in-house design team classicalmusicdesign, WildKat has created a brand and visual identity for Andrew that truly represents both his bold, friendly personality and his enchanting yet sensitive compositions. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and sharing Andrew’s debut album with the press and music industry.”

Andrew is a composer and pianist who grew up in Birmingham, England, and despite having no formal training on the piano in his childhood, immersed himself in the works of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. After his parents agreed to pay for lessons, Andrew’s eagerness and innate musicality developed rapidly into a passion for piano performance, before he moved onto composition.

Andrew began to draw upon a combination of classical training and contemporary influences, completing a BA in Composition at the London College of Music.  His compositional style combines rich harmonic language with expansive pianistic techniques, revealing the influence of the Romantic-era composers that so inspired him in his youth.

In the years that followed his graduation from the LCM, Andrew undertook commissions for film, television and theatre. Credits include televised advertisements for HSBC and Timotei. Andrew’s compositions take inspiration from everyday life, and his creative process makes use of the full tonal range of the keyboard, drawing on influences from his role models Max Richter and Philip Glass.

We are thrilled to be working with Andrew on his debut album release ‘Winter’s Heart’, due for release in November 2017.

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(Written on August 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions, Tarisio announces Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017, and why music means so much to us. Tom Jones to make his Proms debut this year, and loss of freedom of movement will diminish British creativity.

Classical Music Magazine

British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions

British Youth Opera’s 30th anniversary season will comprise productions of Judith Weir’sThe Vanishing Bridegroom (2, 6 and 8 September) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (5, 7 and 9 September).

The Strad

Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017 awarded to string players and ensembles

Online instrument and bow auction house Tarisio has announced four of the recipients of its 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grants – with a fifth to be chosen by the public

Pizzicato

Lucilin to tour Japan and create Manoury’s Kein Licht

United Instruments of Lucilin, one of Europe’s foremost ensembles for contemporary music, announces another busy semester of activities.

Classical Music Magazine

Kent Nagano to step down from Montreal post in 2020

Kent Nagano has announced that he will not accept the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s (OSM) invitation to extend his contract as music director beyond 2020.

The Guardian

Ultra sound: why music means so much to us

Music is one of life’s great pleasures. But why, asks Adam Ockelford, does it affect us so profoundly?

BBC News

Tom Jones to celebrate the sound of soul at the Proms

Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut in a celebration of Stax Records, alongside soul legends Booker T Jones and Sam Moore

The Guardian

Freedom of movement helped British creativity thrive. Its loss will diminish us Nicholas Hytner

Britain’s creative industries are worth £84bn a year. But Brexit will deal a disastrous blow to a sector that depends on sharing ideas, experiences and talent.

Washington Post

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid.

Vision. We want performing arts organizations to have it. After all, the point is to offer us compelling performances, new perspectives and ideas. Or so, at least, some of us think.

 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dieser Mann will beweisen, dass Passau das schönere Salzburg ist

Sänger Thomas E. Bauer will als Intendant die Europäischen Wochen wieder zum Leuchten bringen.

 Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper mit 98,83% Auslastung

Die Wiener Staatsoper hat die Saison 2016/2017 mit einem Einnahmenrekord beendet: Erstmals seien mehr als 35 Mio. Euro Karteneinnahmen (2015/2016: 34,6 Mio. Euro) erzielt worden, teilte das Opernhaus mit.

 Klassik

Oswald Georg Bauer mit Leipziger Richard Wagner Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet

Dr. Oswald Georg Bauer hat den Richard Wagner Preis 2017 erhalten, der von der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung Leipzig verliehen wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Bauer war lange Jahre Pressechef der Bayreuther Festspiele, als das Musikfestival von Wolfgang Wagner geleitet wurde.

Musik Heute

Staatskapelle Dresden ehrt Blomstedt mit Volksfest

Die Staatskapelle Dresden hat am Sonntagabend für ihren früheren Chef und jetzigen Ehrendirigenten Herbert Blomstedt ein Volksfest auf dem Theaterplatz ausgerichtet.

 France musique

Concerts participatifs : à vous de jouer !

Le concert participatif envahit les salles de concerts en France. Le principe : devenir, le temps d’un concert, un musicien d’orchestre ou un membre du chœur. Présentation de ce spectacle d’un nouveau genre.

 Le Monde

Choisissez au mieux votre festival de musique de l’été selon vos artistes préférés

Les festivals estivaux sont nombreux à se disputer votre préférence. Avec cette application, dites-nous quels artistes vous aimez, nous vous dirons où vous rendre.

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The Guardian: ‘The grotesque betrayal of the generation that most detests Brexit is like some lost Restoration comedy.’

(Written on July 3, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: the Women Make Music Fund  has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today, and Chicago’s famed smartbar is set to host a series of workshops as part of Daphne. Marko Ahtisaari is attempting to fight opioid dependency with the natural high triggered by music, more German people attend classical music concerts and festivals than football matches, and how music is being used to treat autism. German soprano Simone Kermes perfoms in Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin gets another international concert hall planned by Frank Gehry, and Casio hosts a concert played on digital pianos. In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic, and the violinist Miranda Cuckson has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

M Magazine

Women Make Music Fund Publishes Five Year Impact Report

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Women Make Music Fund, launched by PRS Foundation in 2011, has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today (1 March).

Der Tagesspiegel

Die geerdete Diva

Zuhause ist sie im Barock – und dorthin kehrt sie jetzt, nach einem Ausflug zu Strauss, auch wieder zurück: Simone Kermes singt Liebeslieder im Konzerthaus

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Fast ein Schlaraffenland

“Größte kulturelle Extravaganz”: In Berlin ist die Klassik bunt und vital aufgestellt. Und jetzt bekommt die Stadt mit dem Pierre-Boulez-Saal einen weiteren Musikraum. Entworfen hat ihn Stararchitekt Frank Gehry. Das klingt schon mal gut

Berliner Morgenpost

Ein digitaler Mozart

Die Firma Casio wagt im Kammermusiksaal den Klangwettstreit mit einem Bechstein-Konzertflügel

The New York Times

Quaff a Brew and Chill to the Violin With Miranda Cuckson

The violinist Miranda Cuckson, who plays complex works with charismatic devotion, has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

Broadwayworld.com

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Philharmonic in A CONCERT FOR UNITY With Musicians Around the World

In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world

klassik.com @klassikcom Grünes Licht für die Erweiterung des Hamburger Komponisten-Quartiers

Music History @today_classical in 1899 Death of Louise .

Live Music Now  We are delighted to launch our new vision for music in society, entitled “BRINGING MUSIC TO LIFE”. Read it here:

Miranda Cuckson plays in the Pop-Up Concerts series. Credit: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

(Written on March 2, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with 7K!, the new neo-classical Hub launched by the independent label !K7 Records.

7K! is a new platform and home for neo-classical projects which will be supported by the in-house expertise and spirit of legendary music company !K7 records. 7K! will comprise a record label and label services collective, as well as sync and artist management divisions.

In the first quarter of 2017, the label will kick off its release schedule with the album ‘Endless’ by multi-instrumentalist and globally-renowned composer Luca D’Alberto. Last week, two concerts took place in Berlin at Silent Green, including one sell-out performance.

D’Alberto is a brilliant, mold-breaking musician who is already highly regarded on the classical scene, as both a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He is a favourite composer of directors such as Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders and Fernando Arrabal. His upcoming album ‘Endless’ is the result of his decision to shake up his classical training into new charters, preferring instead to use his talents to create a more contemporary style of music that sees him exploring the pairing of electronics with acoustic instruments. ‘Endless’ was produced by Martyn Heyne (Tiny Ruins, The National) and Henrik Schwarz, and is preceded by the single ‘Wait For Me’, released in December.

Watch here the official video to “Wait For Me”, a love Story told only by hands.

WildKat PR is very much looking forward to bringing D’Alberto and his music to the music world with a focus on the German press.

Carolin, Director of the Berlin office: „We are excited to be helping prestigious !K7 records on their new launch of the neo-classical label 7K! We have already successfully worked on projects with neo-classical composers such as Max Richter and Chad Lawson, reaching out to new audiences with their modern sound. We look forward to supporting !K7’s growth in the German music industry through active press work and consultancy.“

Keep up to date with 7K! on the !K7 website and Luca D’Alberto on his website and on the WildKat PR blog.

Luca D'Alberto (c) Jon Bergman

Luca D’Alberto (c) Jon Bergman

(Written on February 2, 2017 )

Singer Olivia Salvadori and composer Sandro Mussida have released their new album Dare Voce on Sony Classical.

Olivia Salvadori is a classically-trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. She is particularly interested in approaching the voice as a raw material. Sandro Mussida is a cellist, composer and electronic producer. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matte,r and explores the interaction between acoustic, classical, electric and electronic fields.

Dare Voce is the result of a ten-year long exploration of the voice. Using the song form, it unites European, Latin American, African, classical, acoustic and electronic musical styles. The Italian musicians create worlds of endless possibilities and no restrictions – solid classical roots entwine with more contemporary styles, creating new sound combinations.

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The album is a brief anthology of short stories, and takes the listener on a journey through different languages, compositional techniques, orchestrations, and recording processes. Olivia’s deep and powerful lyrical voice is complimented by a classically-influenced electronic soundscape.

Olivia and Sandro have also collaborated with several international artists, including UK-based artist & electronic musician Mark Fell, Australian musician Oren Ambarchi, Berlin-based Hungarian-American saxophonist, lyricist, avant-garde musician and experimental composer Andre Vida, and US drummer, composer, songwriter, improviser and writer John Colpitts aka Kid Millions.

For their latest news, stay tuned to the WildKat PR Blog, follow Olivia on her website, Facebook and Twitter, or check out Sandro’s website and Twitter.

(Written on December 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Andrew Norman wins the Grawemeyer Award for Music, one of the most prestigious contemporary music prizes. Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España) has appointed new concertmaster, violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski. An alleged Beethoven manuscript failed to sell at auction after its authenticity being questioned by an academic. Also, a French composer was arrested in Russia while he was attempting to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer.

Gramophone

Andrew Norman wins the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music

Norman’s 47-minute orchestral work ‘Play’ has won the 2017 award from the University of Louisville.

The Violin Channel

Madrid’s Spanish National Orchestra Announce New Concertmaster

The Spanish National Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 32 year old violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski as their new Concertmaster

DW

French musician ‘held’ after crying foul in Russia

A French composer aiming to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer has run into trouble after the singer accused him of extortion. The Frenchman was met by police while trying to sign a settlement.

International Arts Manager

Royal Flemish Philharmonic opens new hall

Royal Flemish Philharmonic (RFP) has opened its brand-new Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall in Antwerp. The 2,000-seat hall will be home to RFP for both concerts (45 per year) and rehearsals (100 days per year).

Inquirer.net

Listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure

Inquirer.net was invited to a series of talks on how to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure and other types of heart diseases by drug and nondrug treatments and it seems as listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure.

Music Business Worldwide

Lewis Carnie And Paul Rodgers Step Up To Head BBC Radio 2 And 6 Music

Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers have been promoted at the BBC to Head of Radio 2 and Head of Radio 6 respectively.

Klassik.com

Echtheit angezweifelt: Auktionshaus bleibt auf Beethoven-Manuskript sitzen

Ein vom Auktionshaus Sotheby’s in London zum Verkauf angebotenes Beethoven-Manuskript hat keinen Käufer gefunden. Grund dafür war ein öffentlich ausgetragener Dissens über die Authentizität des Autographs zwischen dem Auktionshaus und einem Beethoven-Spezialisten der Universität Manchester.

Musik Heute

Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern planen neue Konzertformate

Die Festspiele warten 2017 Jahr mit neuen Formaten auf. Das spektakulärste Konzert wird nach Ansicht des Intendanten Markus Fein in Rostock zu hören sein: Schlagzeug unter Kränen. In der Reihe “Unerhörte Orte” werde der Preisträger in Residence, der Schlagzeuger Alexej Gerassimez, mit seinem Percussion-Ensemble in der Produktionshalle des Kranbauers Liebherr auftreten.

Studie: Musikmachen bei Jugendlichen im Trend

Das Musikmachen hat im Leben von Jugendlichen einen hohen Stellenwert. Dieses Fazit zog der Musikinstrumentenverband SOMM am Dienstag aus einer aktuellen Studie zum Medienumgang von 12- bis 19-Jährigen in Deutschland. Danach musizieren 21 Prozent der Jugendlichen mindestens mehrmals pro Woche selbst.

Codex Flores

Festival Strings Lucerne in der Elbphilharmonie

Die Festival Strings Lucerne werden als erstes Schweizer Orchester die Akustik des neuen Konzertsaals in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg testen zu können. Am 11. Januar 2017 beginnt nach beinahe zehnjähriger Bauzeit der Spielbetrieb. Die Festival Strings Lucerne absolvieren ihr Debütkonzert am 1. Juni 2017.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors http://dlvr.it/Mmpv4m #ClassicalMusic

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik ier haben sich gestritten, ein Unbekannter hat zugeschlagen: 4,5 Mio Pfund für #Mahlers 2. Symphonie bei @Sothebyshttps://t.co/OGhPXZ9iay

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Scandalous! Why #ROHhoffmann hogged the headlines 36 years ago: https://t.co/3zd7870wkD

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Photo: Jessa Anderson

(Written on November 30, 2016 )