7th July: Guildhall seeks non-singers, recording of Pavarotti & safety arrangements at Bayreuth Festival

Thursday 7th July 2016

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama seeks adult non-singers for a research project, composer Daniel Felsenfeld answers questions about his current projects, and singers from the world of opera are cycling more than 500 miles as part of a fundraising event. Also, a recording of the 19-year-old Luciano Pavarotti has been discovered, and director Uwe Eric Laufenberg criticizes safety arrangements at Bayreuth Festival.

The New York Times

Could You Shorten That Aria? Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics

After several decades in which the trend has been toward longer, uncut operas — drawing on the work of scholars to restore rarely performed passages, and putting a renewed emphasis on completeness that would be alien in, say, Shakespearean performance, where cuts are routine — some impresarios and directors think it is time for the pendulum to swing back a bit.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall seeks adult non-singers for research project

The 33-month project, which involves psychological, educational and artistic research, launched in April 2016. It aims to investigate the best ways of helping non-singers to participate in singing and improve their skills, and to show what their developmental journeys look like.

Rare Pavarotti recording discovered

A recording of the 19-year-old Luciano Pavarotti has been discovered in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod archives. It features two songs from the Chorus Rossini’s performance at the festival in 1955. The Modena ensemble won the male voice choir category.


5 Questions to composer Daniel Felsenfeld

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld doesn’t do much on a small scale. Formerly an MTV devotee and piano-bar prodigy, Felsenfeld’s projects include planning a series of unconventional Masses at Trinity Church, an opera about the students of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, and running the annual New Music Gathering.

The Stage

Opera singers saddle up for SongCycle 2016

Singers from the world of opera are cycling more than 500 miles as part of a fundraising event, when they will ride on to the stage of the London Coliseum before a special concert.


Opera North Welcomes New Resident Artists

Opera North is pleased to welcome its 2016 Resident Artists to the Upper Valley. Seventeen young professionals from around the US were chosen from almost 700 applicants to participate in Opera North’s Resident Artist program.

Klassik heute

6. Internationale Musiktage am Plauer See

Die 6. Internationalen Musiktage am Plauer See 2016 bringen in diesem Jahr einige Neuerungen: Neben den Klavierabenden in der Kirche zu Stuer findet in der Kulturscheune des Gutshofes Woldzegarten auch ein Orchesterkonzert statt.


Musikpreis des VDKD geht an Alexej Gerassimez

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Musikpreis des Verbandes der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen e.V. (VDKD) geht in diesem Jahr an den Percussionisten Alexej Gerassimez.

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Laufenberg kritisiert Bayreuther Sicherheitsvorkehrungen

Die verschärften Vorkehrungen bei den diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspielen sind nach Ansicht von Regisseur Uwe Eric Laufenberg keine Sicherheitsgarantie. “Wenn sie hier unbedingt eine Bombe platzen lassen wollen, schaffen sie das”, sagte er dem “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”.


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