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In Tune > Society > Normalized Sexism in Music
by Maureen Buja | January 21st, 2018

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In 2015, a student coming up to her A-level exams looked at the composers assigned for the music syllabus. 63 composers and all male. Jessy McCabe brought this to the attention of the Edexcel program and a month later, Ms. [...] more >>

Blog > Opera gains a new fan
by Frances Wilson | January 21st, 2018

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[Opera is] more than entertainment. Opera offers an insight into the complexities of the human psyche – it is a metaphor for, or an exposition, even, of our own personal dreams and nightmares… – Kevin Volans, composer Last week my [...] more >>

Blog > Forgotten Cellists III: Antonio Janigro
by Janet Horvath | January 20th, 2018

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The cello has blossomed over the last one-hundred years becoming one of the most sought after of instruments—its golden tones the closest sound to the human voice. In this article, we feature the distinguished Italian cellist Antonio Janigro.

Composers > Inspiration > Destination Shanghai
by Maureen Buja | January 19th, 2018

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Shanghai – the beautiful city on the Yangtze River – was one of the first major cities of China opened to the West in 1842 and seems to have always had one foot firmly in China while, at the same [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > The Voices of a Bass – An Interview with Valerian Ruminski
by Maureen Buja | January 18th, 2018

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Bass Valerian Ruminski was recently in Hong Kong as Colline in a production of La bohème. Next, you might see him in Calgary in Eugene Onegin, or in Geneva as Dr Bartolo in the Barber of Seville. Or, you might [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > I Am the Very Model: Gilbert and Sullivan and Light Opera I
by Maureen Buja | January 16th, 2018

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It’s of some tribute to librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) that 140 years after their first comic operas hit the stage, we can still find a great deal of humour in their works and many of [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > At the Center of the Musical Universe - George Frideric Handel II
by Georg Predota | January 15th, 2018

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George Frideric Handel II

When Ludwig, or Louis Spohr (1784-1859) died at the age of 75, Johannes Brahms lamented that the last of the great masters had died. This seems high praise indeed for a composer whose posthumous neglect is shockingly at odds with [...] more >>

Blog > Turning the Tables
by Maureen Buja | January 14th, 2018

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They all die at the end, those poor opera women. Madama Butterfly kills herself, Tosca dies off the parapet of the Castel Sant’Angelo, and Carmen has a face-off with her former soldier lover.