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Figaro from 'Barber of Seville'

Salzburg Fest Adapts ‘Barber of Seville’ for Children >>

Members of the Young Singers Project may have finally found a remedy opera's reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' for children as young as four years old. The Salzburg Festival, a staple of Austrian cultural heritage since the 1920s, created the Young Singers Project in 2008 as an environment where young artists can hone their craft.

Franz Welser-Möst Taking Over Zubin Mehta's 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Salzburg

Franz Welser-Möst Taking Over Zubin Mehta's 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Salzburg >>

Suffice it to say that Q4 of 2013 hasn't been too kind to, quote, "one of the greatest global living Indians." For starters, Zubin Mehta made a mess of things with Bavaria in Kashmir. (Why there wasn't more of an outcry from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester back in Munich, at least feigning diplomatic disgust, is beyond me.) And now, there's another Teuton, Maestro Franz Welser-Möst, caught in the middle of Mehta's latest in Salzburg.

Alexander Pereira

Alexander Pereira, La Scala's New Austrian Manager, Seeking Italian Conductor >>

In an interview with Kurier published Thursday, Alexander Pereira, the manager designate of fabled Italian opera house La Scala, said he is hoping to hire an Italian music director.

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