A Golden Performance: Yaniv d’Or, Ensemble NAYA, and Barrocade

As instrumentalists from the Ensemble NAYA and Barrocade took their places onstage on Sunday June 26th at Wigmore Hall, the period instruments from voila de gamba to theorbo to hammered dulcimer indicated a concert of acoustic veracity. But when Yaniv d'Or joined them onstage, you knew immediately that this was not going to be your traditional Baroque performance. Tall…

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The essential in vocal music is truthful reproduction of emotion and state of mind. Absolute accuracy of musical declamation is a negative quality and its importance should not be exaggerated. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Role of Present Musical Strangeness in Past and Future

In his Guardian op-ed examining Zender's version of Schubert's monumental song cycle Winterreise, tenor and scholar Ian Bostridge makes an important point about the role of a re-worked piece of the classical music canon: it "allows us to experience it as strange, a strangeness Schubert’s contemporaries felt and which we may have lost." When we perceive classical…

Encore for Opera in Cinemas!

Opera, according to some, is said to be on its deathbed. Like Mimì in La Bohème, the art form is suffering a slow decline, and though it attempts to avoid its inevitable fate, the end is written, certain as a closing chord. There will be a final pressing of hands, a last sigh, and then just once more,…

King Size Idea, Twin Size Result at ROH

Christopher Marthaler's production of King Size, a liederabend mash-up containing songs by Schumann, Wagner, the Jackson 5, and the Kinks (just to name a few), brought a young and enthusiastic crowd to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden late on Friday, April 17th. Though innovative in its concept, musically…