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80th Birthday Image Released by Glyndebourne

80th Birthday Image Released by Glyndebourne >>

A lovely poster has been released by the opera festival to mark the festival's 80th birthday.


LPO's Glyndebourne 50th Anniversary Season Open for Business, Sans George Christie and Fat Shaming Scandal >>

The Glyndebourne Festival is underway, a 50th anniversary season already marked by the sad death of its previous owner-chairman Sir George Christie, a scandal around critics' comments on a female singer's (by no means unusual) body shape, and a production of Der Rosenkavalier that opens on its Marschallin naked in the shower. And it only opened less a week ago!

Alice Coote

Critics' Body Blows at Glyndebourne Performer Has Opera Singers in Uproar >>

One story is dominating the Twittersphere for opera fans just now, and that is the outraged reaction by singers to critics' observations of the body shape of a cast-member of Glyndebourne's season-opening production of Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier.'

Sir George Christie

Sir George Christie, Beloved Glyndebourne Opera Chief, Dead at 80 >>

One of the best-loved figures in the British musical establishment has passed away.

Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' Opera, Care of Sir Mark Elder and Glyndebourne, Gets Respect at Brooklyn Academy of Music >>

Benjamin Britten's profound, though often maligned Billy Budd, directed by Michael Grandage, is underway at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House--running through February 13. Of course, we told you to see the traveling Glyndebourne production, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, back in December.

Era of the "Fat Lady" is Over, Says American Soprano Danielle de Niese >>

The American soprano Danielle de Niese, has told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the era of the "fat lady" stereotype in opera is over. Or rather that it has no basis in fact, though it might linger in the media and people's imaginations.

With Andrés Orozco-Estrada as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, What Will Happen to Vladimir Jurowski? >>

Not to steal even the smallest beat away from maestro Orozco-Estrada's good news, but inquiring minds do want to know what's up with Jurowski's tenure at the LPO.

BREAKING: Andrés Orozco-Estrada Named Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra >>

Andrés Orozco-Estrada was just named principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, effective September 2015.

GIFT GUIDE: Top 6 Classical Music Recordings to Buy in 2014 >>

It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?

Glyndebourne's 'Billy Budd' Setting Course, Captained by Sir Mark Elder, for Brooklyn Academy of Music >>

The 'H.M.S. Indomitable' will be sailing across the Atlantic early in 2014, as Glyndebourne's much-admired production of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' heads for the US. The staging, by Michael Grandage, will play at BAM from Feb. 7 through Feb. 13.

Looking at New York City Opera, in the Past Tense >>

New York City Opera has announced it will close; Classicalite take its measure.

Classicalite's Five Best: Luciano Pavarotti Recordings

Classicalite's Five Best: Luciano Pavarotti Recordings >>

Essential recordings from the much-missed great Italian tenor, as Decca marks 50 years of his international career.

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