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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in the United States

The best place to find out about what's going on in the United States, whether it's an Opera in New York, Concert in Washington or Ballet in Chicago...
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“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.
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Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.
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interview with President/CEO of OPERA America

In conversation with Marc A Scorca

Patricia Kiernan Johnson talks to Marc A Scorca, President/CEO of OPERA America to find out the trends in opera in the USA and on whether or not contemporary opera is getting performed more often.
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Looking forward to the NY Phil in 2017

2017 is the 175th birthday of NY Phil, as well as being the 70th of John Adams and the 50th of outgoing Music Director Alan Gilbert, who takes on the lion's share of the conducting duties. 2017 highlights will include world premières by Marsalis, Gruber and Auerbach.   This preview was sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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In the studio with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is in New York. Ahead of the première of her new work for the New York City Ballet, Bachtrack visits her in the studio during rehearsals. 
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Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.
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“Violetta is my life's work”: Corinne Winters

Corinne Winters shot to fame when she starred in Peter Konwitschny’s controversial staging of La traviata at ENO and it’s the character of Violetta which is the focus of our conversation.
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Postcard from Los Angeles

Take a stroll on probably the most famous beach in the world or choose between a large variety of cultural performances. Read Jaime Robles' guide for a must do and see. 
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Postcard from New York City

New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.
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Patricia Racette's mesmerizing power as Salome

In Los Angeles, Patricia Racette was an impressive Salome but the orchestra was, as it should, the main character.
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reviewed in san francisco

Antonacci triumphs in La Voix humaine

Antonacci's voice shines even in the art songs that pad out the evening, but it's Poulenc's one-act opera that gives San Francisco Opera Lab's current offering dramatic weight (and makes it worth seeing).
****1
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reviewed in chicago

Yo-Yo Ma brings Salonen’s new concerto to life

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto received a successful world première with Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony, the composer conducting, richly complemented by works of Adams and Stravinsky.
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New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players : All Over Italy

Malipiero, Rota, Respighi, Puccini, Longo
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner; Asi Matathias; Lisa Shihoten; Dimitri Murrath

Los AngelesThe Tales of Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)
Plácido Domingo; Marta Domingo; LA Opera; Giovanni Agostinucci; Vittorio Grigòlo; Wayne Tigges

New York CityMusic Before 1800: Diderot String Quartet

Bach, Mendelssohn
Ensemble Diderot

Los AngelesDomingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program 10th Anniversary

LA Opera Orchestra; Plácido Domingo; Sondra Radvanovsky; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé

New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players : Serpent Sighting

Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov
Karl Kramer; Michael Brown; Barry Crawford; Vadim Lando; Stanislav Chernyshev
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A beautifully sung Tales of Hoffmann at LA Opera

Los Angeles Opera's Tales of Hoffmann survives multiple cast changes to look and sound fabulous, but it drags dramatically.
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Beethoven, Berlioz and Pintscher in Boston

Roth bookended Matthias Pintscher's new work with familiar pieces, Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6 in F major.
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Spano and Theofanidis create a powerful partnership

Robert Spano leads a masterfully staged performance of Theofanidis' grand oratorio Creation/Creator.
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“More Light! More Light!”

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony wrap up their two-year Beethoven cycle with a new perspective on the Fifth, by way of Bohuslav Martinů and a thrilling Bartók Second Piano Concerto featuring Bertrand Chamayou.
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Hamburg Ballet : Neumeier in NY

Hamburg Ballet is a company of full of individuals who are compelling in their musicality and the joy they take in movement.
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