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In our news today, Italy proposes to save the European Youth Orchestra, Montreal International Music Competition 2016 names six violin finalists & Michael Berkeley, Kuljit Bhamra and Judith Weir have been announced as honorary patrons of Sound and Music. Also, Argerich’s Lugano festival faces closure due to a lack of sponsorship & metro users in India are to be serenaded on their way to work by classical music.

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Italy has saved EU youth orchestra, says minister

Europe’s youth orchestra has been saved by a proposal from Italy.

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Montreal International Music Competition 2016 names six violin finalists

The finals of the 2016 Montreal International Music Competition – this year dedicated to the violin – are currently under way, featuring six shortlisted violinists competing for over $86,000 in prizes – including a top prize of $30,000 and concert engagements.

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Sound and Music announces new patrons

Michael Berkeley, Kuljit Bhamra and Judith Weir have been announced as honorary patrons of Sound and Music.

Argerich’s Lugano festival facing closure

The ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ is at risk of closing due to a lack of sponsorship. Swiss bank BSI – the festival’s main sponsor since its inception – will no longer be funding the event and no other sponsor can be found, according to Ticino News.

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Metro users soothed by classical music

Metro users in Bengaluru [Bangalore], India, are to be serenaded on their way to work by classical music. Speakers in all stations on the metro network will play Carnatic-style music – a type of Indian classical music associated with the southern part of the country – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It follows a successful trial that proved popular with passengers.

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Sydney Opera House a cascade of colour for VIVID Light Festival

A light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House opened the VIVID Festival, a festival which celebrated light, music and new ideas. This light show, called Lighting the Sails was inspired by the ancient songlines of Indigenous Australia.

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‘That didn’t just happen’: Simon Cowell joins America’s Got Talent and gives high praise to teenage opera singer Laura Bretan

A 13-year-old opera singer stole the judges’ heart on Tuesday during the season premiere of America’s Got Talent. Laura Bretan from Chicago received a standing ovation and a ticket straight to the live shows after a spine-tingling rendition of Nessun Dorma.

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Neues Opernprojekt mit Flüchtlingen

Nach zwei erfolgreichen Opernproduktionen mit Flüchtlingen  – ‘Cosi fan tutte’ und ‘Zaide’ – haben Cornelia Lanz und der Verein ‘Zuflucht Kultur’ ein weiteres Projekt initiiert.

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Dirigent Manfred Honeck wird Ehrenprofessor

Der österreichische Dirigent Manfred Honeck ist zum Ehrenprofessor ernannt worden.

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24-Stunden-Webradio mit französischer Romantik gestartet

Um dem französischen Musikerbe des 19. Jahrhunderts weitere Verbreitung zu verschaffen, startete jetzt das Bru Zane Classical Radio.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Seniors silence the music in their favourite store

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall Watch tonight’s Concert of Johann Christoph and Johann Sebastian Bach, streamed live with at 7.30pm

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(Written on June 1, 2016 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

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Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )