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Soprano Sonya Yoncheva celebrates (photo: Marco Brescia - Teatro alla Scala)

Bulgarian soprano and Romanian tenor triumph in Operalia

Twenty-eight-year-old soprano Sonya Yoncheva and 23-year-old tenor Stefan Pop were the overall winners of the final of Operalia , the opera competition founded by Plácido Domingo, on Sunday evening at La Scala, Milan. Rapturous applause from...

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Vasily Petrenko [photo: RLPO

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic unveils new season

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2010-11 season. The RLPO’s chief conductor Vasily Petrenko – a former, double Classic FM Gramophone Award winner (Young Artist of the Year 2007 and Orchestral Award 2009) –...

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The Nibelungen (photo: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung / Thomas Rafalzyk)

Deutsche Oper Berlin hosts a different 'Nibelungen'

Midway through the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s spring cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen , the opera house in Charlottenburg took a break from Wagner on Tuesday to play host to the world premiere screening of the...

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Handel's Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Glossa GCD921525)

The 2010 Stanley Sadie Handel Prize revealed

The Stanley Sadie Handel Prize for 2010 has been awarded to the Glossa recording of the cantata, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with singers Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Romina Basso with La Risonanza directed by Fabio...

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Fabio Luisi joins the Met [photo: Metropolitan Opera

Fabio Luisi given conducting role at the Met

Fabio Luisi has been named principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Luisi, who is currently chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (an appointment recently extended to 2013) and artistic director of the...

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Alisa Weilerstein plays Elgar [photo: alisaweilerstein.com

The Berlin Philharmoniker European Concert 2010

The Berlin Philharmoniker is making its first visit to Oxford since Karajan’s celebrated concert in the Sheldonian Theatre in 1978. The orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim conducting, will be performing its traditional European Concert in the same...

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Kenneth McKellar, Scottish tenor and one-time forester (photo: Decca)

Kenneth McKellar: obituary

Between the mid-1950s and 1980s, Kenneth McKellar recorded nearly 40 LPs for Decca ranging from operatic arias, sacred songs and drawing-room ballads to Broadway hits and Scottish folk songs. If he was not the finest Scottish...

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Baroque meets breakdance in Berlin (Photo: RayDemski.com/Red Bull Photofiles)

Baroque breakdancing in Berlin

Amid the myriad cross-genre exercises that crop up on the cultural horizon here, few are as successful and thrilling as Flying Bach , an unexpected meeting of baroque music and hip-hop dancing. Performed in the pavilion...

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Nicola Benedetti at the Proms programme launch (photo: BBC/Elliott Franks)

BBC Proms unveils 2010 season

It’s a given that the line-up for any year’s BBC Proms will be packed with many of the world’s leading soloists and ensembles. The programme for the 2010 festival, which runs from July 16 to September...

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Vittorio Grigolo

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo signs to Sony

Vittorio Grigolo has signed a long-term exclusive recording deal with Sony Classical and will release his debut album for the label in autumn. Although the Italian tenor has in the past recorded crossover material, the new...

Charlotte Smith

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