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British composer John Tavener dead at 69

British composer John Tavener, whose spritually inspired music was performed at the funeral of Princess Diana, has died at the age of 69, his publisher said Tuesday. Tavener's classical compositions drew heavily on religious themes informed by his Russian Orthodox faith and interest in mysticism. He was best known for works including "The Whale", which was released in the late 1960s by The Beatles' record label Apple.

S. Korea's 4th-largest classical concert hall opens in Tongyeong

TONGYEONG, South Korea, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- A large classical concert hall opened to the public in this southern coastal city on Friday to serve as the main venue of an annual international contemporary music festival. The Tongyeong Concert Hall located in the port city, about 480 kilometers south of Seoul, boasts a 1,300-seat main hall for classical concerts, a 300-seat multi-purpose performance hall, a rehearsal room, a cafeteria and a VIP lounge.

Vienna State Opera goes live stream with pay as you view offerings

VIENNA - For all those who can't come to the Vienna State Opera — it can now come to you. Starting Sunday, the company is offering what it describes as state-of-the art live streaming, with viewers able to switch between a view of the stage and close-ups with moving cameras. Innovations promised by the year's end will include apps providing subtitles in English, German and Korean and a synchronized score of the work being shown. The project starts off with Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" ("Knight of the Rose.")

Tangled Web: Internet-based opera "Two Boys" by Nico Muhly to open at Met on Monday

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed "Two Boys" that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over. So when reports surfaced last winter that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a nonexistent woman, Muhly took notice. "I was so happy," he said, "in a perverse way." Then he explained how the Web had created such a tangled web.

Long overdue Verdi "Vespers" makes powerful Royal Opera debut

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - It took 158 years to get here, but "Les Vepres Siciliennes" (The Sicilian Vespers), one of the grandest of Verdi's operas, made its Royal Opera debut in London this week in a production that proved an ideal platform for soloists, ballerinas and choruses. "Les Vepres", a sprawling, 4-1/2-hour-long affair that requires a corps de ballet and two choruses on top of the usual soloists and a big pit orchestra, has been called "the missing link" among Verdi operas.

A Minute With: Hungarian violinist Kelemen - proud of Roma roots

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Hungarian violinist Barnabas Kelemen has studied with the late virtuoso Isaac Stern and won Gramophone magazine's award for best chamber music CD of 2013, but what he is really proud of is his Roma heritage.

Handwritten fragment of Bellini opera found in Spain

Spain's national library said Wednesday it had discovered a rare fragment of an opera score handwritten by 19th century Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini lying within its archives. The single page of manuscript shows an outline of seven bars of notes from a duet in the opera "Il Pirata" (The Pirate) which had its debut in Milan's La Scala on October 27, 1827, the National Library of Spain said.

Placido Domingo celebrates Verdi with new album

Madrid, Sep 8 (EFE).- Verdi may "not be the best" of the opera composers, but he was the one who best "reaches people's hearts," Spanish singer Placido Domingo said. The Spanish tenor is using the first album he has recorded as a baritone to honor Verdi on the bicentennial of the Italian composer's birth.

Holocaust-themed opera to be staged in Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 13 (EFE).- The opera "The Emperor of Atlantis," composed in a Nazi concentration camp by Austria's Viktor Ullmann, brought its satirical indictment of Nazism to Mexico for the first time, singer Jose Adan Perez said Tuesday. Viktor Ullmann, an Austrian musician of Jewish descent, composed the work in the cabaret style together with Peter Kien, author of the libretto, in the Theresienstadt concentration camp (in what is today the Czech Republic) in 1943, where he began rehearsing it with some of the prisoners.

Bayreuth's 'Ring' director pokes fun at audience

Frank Castorf, the controversial German theatre director who staged Richard Wagner's "Twilight of the Gods" at this year's Bayreuth Festival, poked fun at audience for booing the premiere on Wednesday. When Castorf, the 61-year-old enfant terrible of German theatre, took his curtain call at the end of the six-and-a-half-hour evening, he was met with an deafening chorus of boos and whistling from the audience of nearly 2,000 people.
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