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Vincenzo Bellini, Master of the Bel Canto Era

Vincenzo Bellini, Master of the Bel Canto Era

Vincenzo Bellini, Master of the bel canto era

This week marks the 180th anniversary of the – premature – death of Vincenzo Bellini, the author of such popular arias as "Casta Diva" (Norma), "Prendi l'anel ti dono" (La Sonnambula), and "Ah, non credea mirarti" (Beatrice di Tenda) and an universally admired-composer. pays tribute to the master of the bel canto era, a true icon of the Italian style. Born in Catania (Sicily) in 1801, trained in Naples, Bellini also lived in Northern Italy, in London and in Paris, where he died prematurely at the age of 34.
A heir of Rossini and Donizetti, Bellini's payed a special attention to the melodic lines, which power greatly influenced composers like Verdi, Wagner, and above all, Chopin.
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Last Days: Anna Netrebko & Jonas Kaufmann's Concert in Munich

In June, an exceptional open air concert on Munich's King's Square gathered the stars of opera: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Thomas Hampson alongside Elena Zhidkova and Ildar Abdrazakov. This concert is available to replay until September 25. Don't miss it!
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Andris Nelsons (who has just been appointed new musical director of the Gewandhaus Leipzig) performs Shostakovich's 7th Symphony with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. Janine Jansen joins them for a performance of Bartók's First Violin Concerto.
Juan Diego Florez's Lied recital at the Salzburg Festival.
The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition's Winners Concerts are available to replay on, as well as all performances from the Competition. Discover the stars of tomorrow!
Yuri Temirkanov leads the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in two beautiful symphonic concerts in Annecy, showcasing Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Bruckner's Symphony No. 4.
Beethoven's one and only opera, Fidelio, in a new production at the Salzburg Festival, starring Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.
Charles Dutoit conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, joined by pianist YUNDI, in works by Tan Dun, Beethoven, and Berlioz at Carnegie Hall.
Joshua Bell plays and conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, joined by rising star Pretty Yende (a past prizewinner of Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition).
Ioan Hotea and Lise Davidsen's victory at Plácido Domingo's 2015 Operalia Competition, held at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House.
This weekend in Mexico City, Alondra de la Parra gave a fiery yet subtle rendition of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A beautiful concert to replay on
"The last great woman of the Soviet school" opened the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse's new season with Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Elisabeth Leonskaja, who is turning 70 in November, was invited by Tugan Sokhiev, who also conducted Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.
Valery Gergiev's concert at the head of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with Denis Matsuev and Daniil Trifonov as special guests!
Denis Matsuev performs Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto... as well as three virtuoso encores (including one improvisation of his own!) as he loves them!
Leonidas Kavakos gives an extraordinary rendition of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov.
Three compelling webcasts with cellist Truls Mørk at the Verbier Festival, with Paul McCreesh, Jan Lisiecki, Daniil Trifonov and Ilya Gringolts.
A journey to the source of Romanian popular music with Martin Fröst, Julien Quentin, the Arod Quartet...
Bach's Saint Matthew's Passion conducted by the ex-star baritone Thomas Quasthoff in Verbier.
Kazushi Ono opened his first season as the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's musical director at the heart of the city's most iconic building: Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. The highlight of the concert was probably Fauré's Requiem, beautifully interpreted by the OBC, who invited two choirs and top soloists for the occasion.
Andy Akiho's incredible Ping Pong Concerto performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and two top American athletes: Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing
Riccardo Muti conducts Brahms's Second Symphony with the Wiener Philharmoniker in Salzburg.
Alexandre Tharaud performs a recital of works by Mozart, Mahler, Beethoven and Chopin in Annecy.
Fayçal Karoui conducts an opera gala with Operalia winner René Barbera, soprano Dinara Alieva and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival 2015, with Luca Pisaroni, Anett Fritsch, Martina Janková, Adam Plachetka...
Joyce DiDonato's performance of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été with Esa-Pekka Salonen in Verbier.
Zubin Mehta's rendition of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony at the Verbier Festival.
Vladimir Jurowski conducts a series of four concerts entitled "War and Peace" in memory of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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