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THE SCOOP | Watch Toronto Violinist Perform An Emotional "Danny Boy” With Renée Fleming At McCain Funeral

By Michael Vincent on September 2, 2018

Watch Renée Fleming, accompanied by fellow Canadian musician Edwin Huizinga, perform a beautiful rendition of the Irish classic "Danny Boy" at the funeral of Arizona Senator John McCain.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Joyce Didonato's "Into the Fire" Does No-One Any Favours

By Norman Lebrecht on August 31, 2018

An album release of Joyce Didonato at Wigmore Hall recital might have seemed a good idea at the time, but its lack of personality cannot be overlooked.
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RECORD KEEPING | Giovanna d’Arco With Anna Netrebko Explains Why The Best Operas Survive

By Paul E. Robinson on August 30, 2018

Riccardo Chailly combined with the artistry of Netrebko, saves this La Scala production of Verdi's Giovanna d’Arco from over-the-top silliness.
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THE SCOOP | Ontario Government Cuts Music Education Funding For At-Risk Kids

By Anya Wassenberg on August 25, 2018

Ontario government has pulled a promised $500,000 in funding for at-risk children, sending Sistema Toronto scrambling just weeks before the start of the school year.
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LUDWIG VAN GUIDE | To Why Interviews With Classical Musicians Sometimes Suck

By Anya Wassenberg on August 24, 2018

Classical music public relations professionals offer advice on how classical musicians can improve their chances of nailing an interview with the media.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boston Symphony's Shostakovich Is A Revelation

By Norman Lebrecht on August 24, 2018

Two problematic symphonies by a tortured composer are despatched by the Boston Symphony and its Latvian conductor with near-nonchalance.
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PRIMER | Johannes Debus On His New Water-Themed Music Festival, Wellington Water Week

By Joseph So on August 20, 2018

Conductor Johannes Debus chats about his inaugural music Water Week festival, and why Wellington Ontario is ripe for the sound of classical music.
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SCRUTINY | Napoli Milionaria! Wears Its Heart On Its Sleeve At Stratford

By Paula Citron on August 19, 2018

Armed with a new translation by Canadian playwright John Murrell, Stratford Festival's Napoli Milionaria! is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings.
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SCRUTINY | Metaphors Be Damned In Stratford Festival's Gender-Bending Julius Caesar

By Paula Citron on August 17, 2018

A Julius Caesar play where female actors are given new roles to tax their talents, reminds us that there is more to the world of politics and power than male-driven aggression.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Treat Yourself To Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

By Norman Lebrecht on August 17, 2018

The two trios, dating from the turn of the century when Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was in his twenties, will give you an instant summer smile.
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