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Alisa Weilerstein and Daniel Barenboim Win Big in BBC Music Magazine Awards >>

BBC Music Magazine has announced its annual awards, voted on by the public and some by a jury of critics. The big winner was the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose recording of the Elgar and the Carter cello concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim won Recording of the Year, as well as the Concerto Award

The Column: Royal Opera's New 'Parsifal' is a Radical, and Truly Visionary, Production >>

It may have divided opinion, but Classicalite's contributing editor was riveted by Covent Garden's big new production for Wagner's anniversary year.

Sir Mark Elder Further Commits to Hallé Orchestra, Until 2020 >>

Some conductors--or, for that matter, orchestras--have commitment issues. Not so Sir Mark Elder, one of the U.K.'s most successful maestros. His tenure leading English National Opera (the so-called "powerhouse" regime alongside Peter Jonas and David Poutney) lasted for some 14 years. And now, he has signed a contract extension with the Hallé Orchestra that will keep him at the helm of the Manchester-based ensemble until at least 2020.

REVIEW: Singers and Dancers Make Verdi's 'Sicilian Vespers' a Grand Debut at Royal Opera House >>

It took 158 years to get here, but Les Vêpres Siciliennes, one of the grandest of Verdi's operas, made its Royal Opera debut in London with a production that proved an ideal platform for soloists, ballerinas and choruses.

Sir Antonio Pappano on Conducting the Royal Opera, Accompanying New York City Opera and Why Verdi Beats Wagner >>

"I have no real training, and anybody who's watched me conduct can tell that. But I have a lot of practical experience, and I have a lot of knowledge about the art form. I get results somehow." -- Antonio Pappano

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s 2013-14 Cinema Season Gets Underway

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s 2013-14 Cinema Season Gets Underway >>

Tenor of the moment Jonas Kaufmann and a new full-length Shakespeare ballet by Christopher Wheeldon are among highlights of the new cinema season from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. And it's a medium that seems to have found its time...

Here are Gramophone Magazine's Classical Music Awards for 2013

Here are Gramophone Magazine's Classical Music Awards for 2013 >>

Gramophone, which has been a scion of the classical music world since its establishment in 1923, has announced its latest round of awards--which, in turn, are perhaps the most-respected prizes the industry offers.

Classicalite Recording News: Virgin Chief Alain Lanceron Reported to Stay Beyond Warner Move >>

A piece of good news from the EMI Classical/Virgin Classics move to Warner: Alain Lanceron, one of the great A&R men, is reported to be staying with the catalogs with which he has worked for many years.

Classicalite's Five Best: 'Carmen' Recordings >>

Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Thomas Beecham, Michel Plasson, Antonio Pappano...Seiji Ozawa?

The Royal Opera House music director Antonio Pappano describes Beyoncé as ‘amazing,’ says children don’t know The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who; we need to be exposed to history >>

The Royal Opera House's music director, Sir Antonio Pappano who described Beyoncé as 'amazing,' claims that children don't' know about The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who which is connected to having no sense of music history.

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