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Don Giovanni re-invented…

Paris, London, Los Angeles, Berlin – all these cities will host productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2012. The London production, is at heaven nighclub and completely re-invents the character…… http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/11/don-giovanni-hero-or-villain
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Jonas Kauffman interviewed

  The impossibly perfect tenor Jonas Kauffman in a recent interview with The Guardian. In June he sings in a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Anna Netrebko and ErwinSchrott, and also at Covent Garden in Les Troyens. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/05/jonas-kaufmann-tenor-great-pretender
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Halcyon and Vox Dream and Dance into the 21st century

 When the voices of Halcyon get together with the voices of Vox, you can expect a vision of the future. This weekend they collaborate in a programme called Dreams and Dances in which the focus is very definitely on the ‘here and now’ as well as on ‘what’s next’. Halcyon is Australia’s premiere new music vocal ensemble, created…
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APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award winners 2012.

Last week APRA/AMCOS announced its annual Art Music Awards winners for 2012. The awards acknowledge achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. There are ten national awards and several State Awards which include these categories as well as outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music, music education and regional music. The Art Music Awards were…
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A new name for the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

It’s not so old, but already the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra has re-invented itself and will, in future be known as The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO). Here’s the announcement from the orchestra: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will officially be rebranded as THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA (TMO) at our next…
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Press round-up

It’s been a quiet week with the Easter break, but Sydney’s concert scene is getting busy again. In the meantime, here’s a retrospective on Opera on Sydney Harbour, and  review of Reneee Fleming’s latest CD Poemes: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/opera-on-the-water-floats-high/story-fn9d2mxu-1226327245185 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/poemes-renee-fleming/story-fn9sulvf-1226323885741
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‘Sunset’ from the ASQ – an understanding borne of what is not said

As the final notes of Ravel’s String Quartet faded, I wondered what might have coursed through the minds of the players in the Australian String Quartet, especially violinist Sophie Rowell and violist Sally Boud who have chosen to go their own ways from 2012. These four musicians have performed together since 2000, the last 5 years,…

Review roundup

A collection of the weekend’s reviews: Stephen Hough’s Canberra concert: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/what-a-little-bit-of-moonlight-can-do/story-e6frg8n6-1226156246934 Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins in Sydney: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/domingos-wondrous-voice-rises-above-arena/story-fn9d2mxu-1226156233592 http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/aptly-seduction-set-the-tenor-for-a-night-of-vocal-splendour-20111002-1l3qr.html The Vienna Philharmonic in Perth: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/old-school-orchestra-lives-up-to-its-conservative-traditions/story-fn9d2mxu-1226156272290