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Colin Matthews: 60th Anniversary Year: Looking Back and Looking Forward (JW)


Opera North Season Preview: Opera North are in their new home at last with ambitious plans for the 2006-2007 season (RJF)

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Music by Bernstein, Bizet, Dvorak, Gershwin, Handel, Korngold, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Puccini, Rameau, J. Strauss II, Stravinsky, Verdi, Wagner, Soloists, Welsh National Opera Chorus; and Orchestra; Donald Nally (conductor) Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 02.10.2006 (GPu)

Brahms arr. Sheng, Rachmaninoff, and Beethoven:
Gerard Schwarz, cond., Barry Douglas, piano, Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 01.10.2006 (BJ)

Handel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Geminiani:
  The English Concert, Andrew Manze (Director/Violin), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Alison McGillivray (Cello). Wigmore Hall, London, 30. 09.20 06 (GD)

Berlioz, Foss, Brahms:
San Francisco Symphony, Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 29.09.2006 (HS)

Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Bizet/Shchedrin:
Leonidas Kavakos (violin) / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. 27.09.2006 (ED)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5: Philharmonia Orchestra, Gabriela Montero (piano), Benjamin Zander (conductor) Queen Elizabeth Hall. 26.09. 2006.(JPr

Mikko Heiniö 'The Hour of the Serpent' (Käärmeen Hetki) : (new production) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Finnish National Opera, Hannu Lintu (conductor) Helsinki 23.09.2006 (BK)

Karita Mattila's First 'Tosca' :
Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Finnish National Opera, Mikko Franck (conductor) Helsinki 21.09.2006 (BK)

Glinka and Tchaikovsky: Philharmonia Orchestra, Vesselin Stanev (piano) Alexander Lazarev (conductor) Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, UK, 21.09.2006 (RS)

Kurtág, Adès: Valdine Anderson (soprano), Thomas Adès (piano), The Keller Quartet, Krzysztof Chorelski (viola), Corin Long (double bass) Wigmore Hall, London, 20.09.06 (AO)

Smetana, The Bartered Bride:
Soloists, Chorus, Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Elli, Llanelli, West Wales, 22.09.2006 (GPu)

Verdi, La Traviata Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera cond. Jonathan Darlington. London Coliseum, 20.09. 2006 (CC)

Beethoven, Fidelio : Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 20.09.2006 (BK)

Royal Opera 2006 Season Opening Night - Gounod: Faust.
Soloists / Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 15.09.06 (ED)

Henze, Bruch, Ravel, Stravinsky:
Itzhak Perlman, Violin, New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, Conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 19.09.2006 (BH)

Halévy, La Juive:  the Royal Opera in concert at the Barbican, Soloists, the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Daniel Oren 19.09.2006.  (JPr)

Wagner, Siegfried at the Stockholm Royal Opera, 16.09.2006 (GF)

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