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Adams, Ades and Golijov at the Met


"Giving new attention to living composers, the Metropolitan Opera will stage John Adams'"Nixon in China" and Thomas Ades'"The Tempest" for the first time along with the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's "Daedalus."

"Nixon in China," which had its world premiere at the Houston Grand Opera in 1987, will be performed in 2010-11 in the original Peters Sellars production. It will be the second Adams opera at the Met, following next season's "Doctor Atomic."

The Golijov composition, based on several myths, follows in 2011-12 and will have a libretto by Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella. "The Tempest," which had its premiere at London's Royal Opera in 2004, will be given a new production by Robert Lepage in 2012-13."
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Ryan Francis talks about his work and influences


Ahead of a forthcoming concert by New York's Metropolis Ensemble, the ensemble's excellent website hosts a couple of very interesting interviews with featured composer Ryan Francis.
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Malcolm Arnold in the Mail


Bitter rows over the composer Malcolm Arnold's estate have finally come to an end, reports a surprisingly in-depth article in the Mail.
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A feast of Birtwistle in London


London is about to be offered 14 operatic performances of Birtwistle's music, including two independent productions of Punch and Judy almost side by side; as well as the World Premiere of his new Royal Opera House commission, The Minotaur.
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Turnage on Led Zeppelin, opera and more


"Turnage lets slip that he attended last month's Led Zeppelin reunion concert and found it "a revelation. It has shown me a way back to the freedom and energy I think I lost for a while - an unbuttoned quality you don't usually get in classical music. I never thought I'd say this, but it's thanks to Led Zeppelin that I'm feeling very positive about writing my first string quartet. Maybe it's the juxtaposition and friction between two such different types of music, because you can't get further from Led Zeppelin than that."
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Justin Davidson on Elliott Carter


What does it mean to be a great composer if nobody wants to hear your music, asks Justin Davidson in this article in which he admits to appreciating—but not necessarily enjoying—Elliott Carter’s music.
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PRS New Music shortlist announced


The PRS Foundation has announced the short-list for the New Music Award 2008, the most financially significant award for music in the UK, as: 

Robert Jarvis - Echolocation

Eliza Carthy, David Thomas & Adam Bushell – Carousel Organ

Django Bates - Pedal Tones

Shlomo and Anna Meredith - Concerto for Beatboxer and

Jane Grant, John Matthias & Nick Ryan – The Fragmented Orchestra

Netsayi Chigwendere - Adjustments

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Grammys for Joan Towers, Eighth Blackbird and Lieberson


Joan Tower's Made in America took three of the top classical Grammy categories at the 2008 awards ceremony-
"Best classical Album," "Best Orchestral Performance" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."

Chicagos new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird took the Best Chamber Music Performance for "Strange Imaginary Animals" and Peter Liebersons Neruda Songs, sung by his wife, the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson won Best Classical Vocal Performance .

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Nico Muhly in New Yorker


Rebecca Mead profiles the young New York composer.
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Composer Jorge Liderman dies


"Colleagues and students of composer Jorge Liderman struggled Monday to come to grips with the news of his death in an apparent suicide Sunday, just one day before the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players were to premiere his "Furthermore," a new chamber concerto for violin."

San Francisco Chronicle

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