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REVIEW: Opéra de Montréal's 'Elektra' Looms Large Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Beaulac

REVIEW: Lise Lindstrom Looms Large in Strauss' 'Elektra' at Opéra de Montréal >>

Opéra de Montréal gave that city's first staging of 'Elektra' in November--and the first production ever by a resident Montreal company--finessing a presentation both stark and expansive, starring the brilliant American soprano Lise Lindstrom. Filling the titular role, Lindstrom easily carried the weight of Strauss' demanding single-act, 100-minute opera. But the spotlight wasn't hers alone; she shared it with a massive, 25-foot statue of King Agamemnon and the equally enormous vision of the company's artistic director, Michel Beaulac.

Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note Records and Prominent Jazz Figure, Dies at 79

Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note Records and Prominent Jazz Figure, Dies at 79 >>

Former CEO of Blue Note records and a most major figure in jazz, Bruce Lundvall, who had been battling a neurological disorder has passed away. Following recent surgery, Lundvall failed to regain consciousness. He was 79 years old.

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The Column: Remembering the OTHER Oscar Hammerstein >>

August marks the death, 95 years ago, of a flamboyant and famous impresario. Who just happened to have a grandson who became more famous still.

American Symphony Orchestra to Perform Richard Strauss’ Most Scandalous Opera, ‘Feuersnot' >>

Some 150 years later, it's easy to forget that much of Richard Strauss' music was once considered avant-garde--certainly his operas 'Salome' and 'Elektra,' as well as many of his tone poems. To wit, Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra has chosen to perform one of his most controversial works, the one-act opera 'Feuersnot,' in a concert staging at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.

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