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Is New York ready for an ugly Baroque swamp nymph?

By Michael Roddy PARIS (Reuters) - German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is a household name; 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau isn't. But the two have been doing quite well together in a European opera now heading briefly to New York.

Rising Israeli maestro Wellber loves Strauss, accordion too

By Michael Roddy DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Omer Wellber says it's usually after the second question that journalists start asking him what it's like to be an Israeli-born conductor. He doesn't say how long it takes them to start quizzing him about his love for the accordion. At 32, Wellber is undoubtedly the first "sabra" - an Israeli-born Jew - to make a huge hit conducting Verdi's "Aida" in Padua, Italy, where he stepped in at short notice in 2008.

Conductor Kent Nagano: The surfer wields a wicked baton

By Michael Roddy GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. conductor Kent Nagano feels he lives in three worlds - his native California, his ancestral Japan and the Europe of the music he conducts. But his spirit is on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean.

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo celebrates 700th performance at New York's Met

New York, Mar 16 (EFE).- Spanish tenor Placido Domingo celebrated his 700th performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House and the 3,700 performances he's given worldwide during his career with a new interpretation of "The Enchanted Island." "I give thanks to God, to music and to the public for making this possible," Domingo said in a Twitter posting. The 73-year-old singer also made clear Saturday night his intention to continue performing, saying - in English - "If I rest, I rust."

Moldovan violinist Kopatchinskaja: 'Art should be alive'

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has already applied her virtuosity to a musical depiction of the Columbia shuttle disaster, down to the sounds of the rockets blasting the doomed craft into space and its disintegration on re-entry. The stunning performance of Hungarian composer Peter Eotvos's 2006 concerto "seven" - so named for the seven astronauts who died in the 2003 disaster - was last year's Gramophone magazine recording of the year.

Avant-garde Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier dies

Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real and other European opera houses over the last 30 years, has died aged 70 after battling cancer. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real, which he headed until September last year. US composer Charles Wuorinen took six years to complete the "Brokeback Mountain" opera, and a clearly ailing Mortier attended its premiere in January.

Germany marks the tricentennial of C.P.E. Bach's birth

Berlin, Mar 5 (EFE).- Germany is marking the tricentennial of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a piano virtuoso and composer who was overshadowed by his famous father, Johann Sebastian Bach. The Berliner Barock Solisten recently released "C.P.E. Bach: Concertos & Symphonies" to mark the 300th anniversary of the Classical composer's birth. C.P.E. Bach, the son of J.S. Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was born on March 8, 1714, in Weimar.

Placido Domingo's Neptune raises his trident once again at the Met

New York, Feb 27 (EFE).- Spanish tenor Placido Domingo returned to New York's Metropolitan Opera in a revival of the baroque pastiche "The Enchanted Island," garnering applause once again for his interpretation - with trident in hand - of Neptune, the god of water and the sea. Domingo, who starred in the opera's premiere on New Year's Eve in 2011, is joined for the revival by Susan Graham.

Vienna Philharmonic wins Herbert von Karajan Music Prize

Berlin, Feb 25 (EFE).- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, or VPO, has been awarded the 2014 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, which honors the legendary Berlin Philharmonic conductor and carries a cash award of 50,000 euros ($68,000), the Festpeilhaus Baden-Baden said Tuesday. The VPO was honored for its many decades of outstanding work, Festpeilhaus Baden-Baden director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser said in a statement.

Vienna Philharmonic wins Herbert von Karajan Music Prize

Berlin, Feb 25 (EFE).- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, or VPO, has been awarded the 2014 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, which honors the legendary Berlin Philharmonic conductor and carries a cash award of 50,000 euros ($68,000), the Festpeilhaus Baden-Baden said Tuesday. The VPO was honored for its many decades of outstanding work, Festpeilhaus Baden-Baden director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser said in a statement.
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