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Hilda Paredes immortalises Afro-American freedom fighter in her opera ‘Harriet’.

On Friday 9 November Harriet by Hilda Paredes will be performed in November Music, in a production by Muziektheater Transparant. The opera is dedicated to the legendary Afro-American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman (c. 1822-1913), who escaped from slavery in the … Continue reading

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Nederlandse Reisopera: Tosca als reality-soap

De thematiek van Puccini’s opera Tosca uit 1900 is van alle tijden. Een cocktail van hartstochtelijke liefde, politieke rebellie, wellust en verraad is geconcentreerd rond de persoon van Floria Tosca. Regisseur Harry Fehr presenteert dit verhaal als een reality-soap, met … Continue reading

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Liza Lim extends double-bass technique

On Saturday 29 September the French double-bass player Florentin Ginot gave the Italian premiere of Table of Knowledge that Liza Lim composed for him. It was one of four pieces in his theatrical concert Not Here, the other composers on … Continue reading

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Een os op het dak: “Een must voor muziekliefhebber en onderwijs”

Donderdag 13 september werd Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht gelanceerd in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Ik overhandigde het officiële eerste exemplaar aan componist Richard Ayres, wiens muziektheatrale werk The Garden zijn Amsterdamse première beleefde in een uitvoering door … Continue reading

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Monique Krüs: ‘The story always comes first’

Monique Krüs (1959) gathered fame as a soprano excelling in ultra-modern repertoire, then started composing and has since taken up conducting as well. ‘Everything I do is about communication, I want to move people, tell a story.’ This summer she … Continue reading

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George Benjamin on Lessons in Love & Violence: ‘Martin Crimp wrings music from me’ #HF18

The world premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love & Violence unleashed a true flood of 4 and 5 star reviews. Martin Crimp wrote the libretto, as he had done for Benjamin’s earlier operas Into the Little Hill and … Continue reading

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Help de os aan een dak: crowdfunding introductie op moderne muziek

Beste lezer. Ik voltooide onlangs Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht. Het is een beknopte inleiding op moderne muziek van na 1900 en zo goed als af. Enkel nog wat laatste puntjes op de i … Continue reading

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Hans Abrahamsen’s Three Pieces for Orchestra: ‘Extremely charming and expressive’

The music of the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen (1952) is highly poetic and often has a strong visual expressiveness. He paints with a fine brush; his work sounds transparent like a watercolour. – As e.g. in the highly successful fairytale-like … Continue reading

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Gavin Bryars: ‘I look upon Billy the Kid with some compassion’

In Calamity/Billy the French Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse & the Belgian Muziektheater Transparant combine two mythical heroes of the Wild West. Starting point of this double bill was Ben Johnston’s song cycle Calamity Jane to her Daughter, to which Gavin … Continue reading

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Karina Canellakis on women in music: ‘Just go ahead & do it!’

Her father was a conductor, yet it didn’t occur to her to follow in his footsteps. Karina Canellakis (New York, 1982) became a professional violinist, studying with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute. She made a career in chamber music, … Continue reading

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