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Benjamin Britten

A Conversation With New Zealander Baritone, Hadleigh Adams

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.

First Nighter: Britten's Billy Budd an Absolute Brooklyn Academy of Music Must-Hear

David Finkle | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Standing ovations are so prevalent they are meaningless. The consensus is that ticket buyers paying so much for a seat rise at curtain calls in order to convince themselves they've just gotten their money's worth. There are occasions, however, when standing O's are indisputably meaningful.

Sterling Musicianship at Symphony in C Concert

Lew Whittington | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Among the many standout soloists, principal oboist Rita Mitzel masterful with the exploratory, almost jazz lines, that surf the orchestrals. Powerful delicacy and thrust in the strings toward a gallopy finish, but, crucially, not overdone.

Zuill Bailey Triumphs in New Recording of Benjamin Britten's Cello Symphony and Sonata

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Composer Benjamin Britten's 2013 centenary sparked performances of his many-varied works around the globe. His catalogue of operas, orchestral and chamber works, song cycles and more were programmed everywhere, some of the material being tagged as rare or seldom performed.

Brian Asawa Premieres Erickson's Four Arab Love Songs

Rodney Punt | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Today's revival of the Baroque master's operas are the core of the countertenor repertoire. On this occasion, Asawa featured selections from both genres.

Benjamin Britten: The Love and Death of a Gay Genius

Kevin Childs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Childs

Only the English seem incapable of acknowledging the brilliance of one of our own without trying to rummage about in his life for something innocent that can be twisted into an all-consuming fault. In fact, it sounds faintly homophobic, as though we still can't have a national treasure who was gay.

Pacific Northwest Ballet in the Sensational Kylián + Pite

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Few programs explore the power of ballet to depict the human condition and the inhuman condition as beguilingly as Pacific Northwest Ballet's current offering of three modern classics by Jiří Kylián, brilliantly paired with Emergence, Crystal Pite's spine-chilling parable of a sci-fi insect kingdom.

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

First Nighter: Britten's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Dreamy at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Looking over the relatively lighter crowd coursing into the first revival of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Metropolitan Opera Hous...

What's in a Fludde?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

One of the most creative and inventive films I've seen recently was Wes Anderson's 2012 Moonrise Kingdom, with all the strange oddities of style, camera angles, and storyline that make this director's work so compelling and so memorable.

The Case for Barber and Britten

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

For the past six years I have directed a festival of 20/21st century music at the University of Arizona. Any festival worthy of the name has a vision or reason for being.

'One Of The Greatest Disasters Of Operatic History'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts

LONDON -- The Earl of Harewood may have been exaggerating when he described the premiere of "Gloriana" as "one of the great disasters of operatic hist...

Britten's Operatic Ghost Story In NYC

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 02.25.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- When it comes to operatic ghost stories, none is more creepily effective than Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw." The British com...

Ghosts

Tony Woodcock | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Woodcock

Why do we love terrifying ourselves? I am sure we've all experienced those spine-tingling moments as a child telling the most frightening stories late at night when parents are asleep.

Music for a Time of War Scores a Grammy Nod

Brian Horay | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Instead of simplistic, romantic notions of war draped in patriotic glory, the listener encounters a more difficult and nuanced 20th-century musical landscape of existential questions, gruesome descriptions, defiant submissions and cold dissonance.

The Oregon Symphony Goes to England

Brian Horay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Brian Horay

This week, in an event guaranteed to lighten the burden of Portland's early winter drizzle, the Oregon Symphony releases their second album with music director Carlos Kalmar at the helm.

A 'Moderne' Take on a Ghost Story

David Browning | Posted 07.29.2012 | Arts
David Browning

She and Mr. Leonard left the distinction between fact and fantasy, the boundary between sanity and insanity, deliberately unclear, for the audience to reason for themselves.

Another Oregon Symphony Album, Another Britten

Brian Horay | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

But I'm happy to report my slightly unhealthy relationship with Benjamin Britten is still very much in its honeymoon phase after the band's knockout performance of Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia Monday night.

Handsome Is As Handsome Does: The Met's Billy Budd

David Browning | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
David Browning

I was thrilled to learn the Met was to revive its beautiful 1978 production of Mr. Benjamin Britten's masterpiece Billy Budd, based on Mr. Melville's novella of the same name.

The Lesser Basilica

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.20.2011 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Many Havanans have found, in these newly reconstructed sites, a place for strolling, taking their children, sitting in the shade of a bougainvillea. What was, a few decades ago, a neighborhood in ruins, today is a true island of comfort and beauty.

'Turn Of The Screw' Is An Online Hit

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 10.22.2011 | Home

Even if you couldn't make it to England for the Glyndebourne Festival this summer, you can watch a full opera streamed from the site right at home. ...

Turn of the Screw Gets a Stunning New Turn at LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Turn of the Screw's LA Opera production is a game-changer. Its musical realization is first rate, allowing the work to shine as a towering masterpiece.

That was the decade that was!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

I have had the good fortune to have been in Chicago for the whole of the first decade of the 21st century which ended over the weekend. It has been a...

Remembering Paul Bowles

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In our age of instant fame, it is useful to think about an artist who was famous for not being in the limelight. In Bowles' time, the cult of personality was taking hold.

Tenor Nick Phan Speaks Out

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

I frequently visit the blog of tenor Nick Phan, a friend who happens to be an exceptional and quite eloquent singer.