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Spanish opera protests austerity

David Alegre should have been a nervous wreck. Less than a week before the premiere of the opera he wrote and directed, one of his lead singers hadn't turned up for rehearsal.

Global Post

L.A. Philharmonic concerned about potential subway noise

Nothing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's repertoire calls for 135-ton trains. The orchestra aims to keep it that way when Metro light rail cars start rumbling through a subway tunnel near Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Los Angeles Times

Top Five Summer Music Festivals in Historic Settings

In the competitive field of international summer festivals, spectacular sightseeing often combines with beautiful sounds. With stages in Roman amphitheaters, 17th century palaces, and churches where Mozart played, these five festivals should delight both history buffs and classical music fans.

WQXR

The 10 best music documentaries

As films about Ginger Baker and the Stone Roses are released, here's our pick of the movies in which film-makers focus on the drama behind the songs.

The Guardian

Six-hour opera wins music and theatre award

A six-hour long opera streamed live from four flying helicopters has been honoured at the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) music awards.

BBC

Over 100 million viewers watch Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Final and Semi-Finals

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced today that 64 million television viewers tuned in for the 2012 Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest ; 19.4 million for the first Semi-Final and 19.6 million for the second Semi-Final making it once again the most watched entertainment programme on television screens in Europe.

European Broadcasting Union

How does the oldest grand piano sound?

The oldest-surviving English grand piano, one of the first ever made, was built by the piano maker Americus Backers in London in 1772 and has now been returned by English Heritage to the home of its former owner, the Duke of Wellington.

BBC

How long is a piece of music?

I wonder if the last bar of Beethoven's First Symphony has ever been heard in public. It only contains rests, but Beethoven would not have written it if he didn't want its silence to be experienced in some sense.

Limelight

Star Wars theme voted third most popular piece of orchestral music

The theme tune to Star Wars has been voted the third most popular piece of orchestral music by Radio 2 listeners, beating Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Grieg in a poll of classical music fans.

The Telegraph


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