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Metropolitan Opera
9:19 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Erin Morley as Olympia and Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of Offenbach's "Les Contes d’Hoffmann."
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who is singing his first Met performances of the title role. Baritone Thomas Hampson adds a new role to his extensive repertory as the Four Villains who interfere with Hoffmann’s courtship of four women: the mechanical doll Olympia, sung by soprano Erin Morley; the frail singer Antonia and the self-absorbed diva Stella, both portrayed by soprano Hibla Gerzmava; and the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, sung by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice.

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Michigan Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Did Beethoven’s heart trouble influence his music?

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:41 am

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Washington believes that Beethoven’s music came from his heart – literally. The team is proposing an intriguing theory: that Beethoven’s masterful compositions were influenced by his cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. Joel Howell is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, a medical historian and a member of the team that has developed this theory.

The team also includes Zachary Goldberger, a cardiologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Robert Johnson, a musicologist specializing in Beethoven from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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ICA Alum News
2:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

IAA Alumnus named principal bassoon of Chicago Symphony

Interlochen Arts Academy Alum Keith Buncke, named Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony

Interlochen Arts Academy Alumnus Keith Buncke has just been named Principal Bassoon of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

When Buncke graduated from Interlochen, he probably assumed he’d take a few years to finish college and begin a career. That was not to be: not long into his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Buncke, then 20 years old, was selected as First Bassoonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Now, at 21, Buncke embarks on his new adventure under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Chicago.

Toi toi toi, Keith!

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Metropolitan Opera
7:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

La Boheme

Kristine Opolais as Mimì in Puccini's "La Bohème."
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini's La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. This story of love and loss, set among artists living the Bohemian life in Paris, features an international cast: Latvian sopranos Kristine Opolais as Mimì and Marina Rebeka as Musetta; French tenor Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo; Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello; Italian baritone Alessio Arduini as Schaunard; and English bass David Soar as Colline. Riccardo Frizza conducts. La Bohème. 

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 24 at 1pm ET.  Click Read More for link to Libretto.

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Radio Collage
8:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Radio Collage: Our own "Studio A-list"

Studio A - ready for action!
Credit Tim Burke

  This month, Radio Collage dips into our vault for several of what you could call our very own "A-list"...student performances from IPR's "Live from Studio A" series.  We'll be revisiting sessions from the past five years for music of Debussy, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Chopin, along with works from some not-so-familiar composers!

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