1. RIGOLETTO (directed by / regia: Stephen Barlow) - short trailer

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    from Bucharest National Opera House / Added

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    by / de: Opera Naţională Bucureşti Video credits / Credite videoclip: Director / Regizor: George Dăscălescu & Alexandru Iureș D.O.P : George Dăscălescu Production designer / Designer producţie: Mădălina Marinescu Post Production / Post Producţie: Digital Cube Sound design / Sunet şi design muzical: Marius Leftarache Sound Recording / Înregistrare sunet: Filip Mureșan A production of the Bucharest National Opera House / O producţie a Operei Naţionale Bucureşti Directed by / Regia: Stephen Barlow Set design / Scenografia: Yannis Thavoris Premiere / Premiera: February 20 / 20 februarie 2014 Next performances / Următoarele reprezentaţii: 21, 22, 23 februarie 2014 Tickets are avalable at / Biletele pot fi achizitionate de pe: tickets.operanb.ro

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    • La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas - Wexford Festival Opera 2011

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      Wexford Festival Opera - 21, 27, 30 October, 3 November 2011. A hurt and humiliated woman takes her revenge on men, breaking their hearts while protecting her own. The only way to a happy marriage, she says, is to forego love. The hugely surprising thing about La Cour de Célimène is that it has not been performed since it was first produced at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1855. Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), who is best known for his opera Mignon (first performed in 1866 and performed at Wexford in 1986), spent several years in Rome during the 1830s where he immersed himself in the music of the leading Italian opera composers, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Their influence is evident in La Cour de Célimène, which is an opera comique, written in French and containing both spoken and sung passages. The neglect of La Cour de Célimène for nearly a century and a half is difficult to understand, for it is generously endowed in every important area: attractive music, interesting orchestration, good ensemble writing, spectacular vocal solos, drama and duels, a clever and witty plot . . . this is an opera of wide appeal, which glitters with French sophistication and elegance. The character of Célimène, the flirtatious widowed Countess, dominates the opera. She is determined to make men fall in love with her, for her late husband’s infidelities caused her such distress that she wants to take her revenge on all men. Her heartless and cynically-flirtatious goings-on with her twelve suitors and her latest toy-boy – each of whom is convinced that she loves only him – are contrasted with her disapproving sister, the Baroness. The drama increases as events take several unexpected turns. www.wexfordopera.com

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      • Barlow-Smisek Dentistry, Stratford, Ontario

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        Welcome to Barlow-Smisek Dentistry in beautiful Stratford, Ontario. We invite you to take a tour of our office and meet the staff that make our professional, family-oriented business a pleasure to coordinate and share on a daily basis.

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        • Rigoletto (teaser)

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          by / de: Opera Naţională Bucureşti Video credits / Credite videoclip: Director / Regizor: George Dăscălescu & Alexandru Iureș D.O.P : George Dăscălescu Production designer / Designer producţie: Mădălina Marinescu Post Production / Post Producţie: Digital Cube Sound design / Sunet şi design muzical: Marius Leftarache Sound Recording / Înregistrare sunet: Filip Mureșan A production of the Bucharest National Opera House / O producţie a Operei Naţionale Bucureşti

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          • Peter Maxwell Davies - The Trojan Games (UK premiere)

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            Filmed live on 4th October 2014 at Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester. The work starts at 7 mins 30 seconds after an introduction from the composer. Psappha ensemble conducted by Stephen Barlow Conrad Marshall flute Rachael Clegg oboe Dov Goldberg clarinet Colin Pownall bass clarinet Richard Ion bassoon Andrew Budden french horn Angela Whelan trumpet Tony Boorer trombone Tim Williams percussion Benedict Holland & Lucy Baker-Stockdale Heather Wallington viola Jennifer Langridge cello Daniel Whibley double bass ___________________________________ Peter Maxwell Davies (born 1934) The Trojan Games (2012) (UK premiere) after Book V of Virgil’s 'Aeneid' In 2012 I spent most of the year living in a small converted tower overlooking Grotto di Castro, near Pitigliano, Italy, with (by choice!) no access to radio or television. Without news of the Olympic Games in London, I invented my own, after a rereading of the Aeneid of Virgil: this work is based on Book 5, with its very detailed account of Aeneas’ ritualistic sequence of physical contests - more intense and injurious than anything in our comparatively restrained times. It is scored for wind quintet, brass trio, one percussion player (who plays only tuned percussion) and string quintet. Before each ‘contest’, in which the instrumentalists vie with each other for sheer virtuosity, there is a slow invocation to the Gods, or a processional, and to finish, a hymn of thanksgiving. The sections are as follows, played without a break: 1. Invocation, scored for strings, lento. 2. Contest, woodwind, allegro. 3. Invocation, strings, lento. 4. Contest, horn and trumpet, allegro. 5. Invocation, horn and trumpet, oboe and strings, lento. 6. Contest, percussion, allegro. 7. Processional, tutti, adagio. 8. Contest, tutti, but with particularly virtuoso trombone, allegro. 9. Thanksgiving, tutti, lento. © Peter Maxwell Davies

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            • Monadnock Art, 19th Annual Open Studio Art Tour

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              Monadnock Art, 19th Annual Open Studio Art Tour please visit http;//www.monadnockart.org also http:www/farrellvideoproductions.com

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              • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) arr. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

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                Filmed live on 7th March 2014 at The Martin Harris Centre, The University of Manchester, UK. Psappha Ensemble Stephen Barlow conductor Heather Shipp mezzo soprano Conrad Marshall flute Dov Goldberg clarinet Richard Casey piano Jonathan Scott harmonium Tim Williams percussion Benedict Holland violin Lucy Baker-Stockdale violin Heather Wallington viola Jennifer Langridge cello Daniel Whibley double bass Programme note: 1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht 2. Ging heut’ Morgen über’s Feld 3. Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer 4. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz These Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Traveling Journeyman) travel through many dimensions of time. They had a traveling growth, begun in the mid-1880s as songs with piano but not definitively completed until shortly before the first performance, which was of the composer’s orchestrated version, in Berlin in 1896. They thus traveled with Mahler from the threshold of his First Symphony (to which the second song is related) up to the time when he was finishing his Third, and the texts, which he wrote himself, are close to the folk poetry that was on his mind at the time, especially the early nineteenth-century collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn). The settings, too, hark back to that same early Romantic period, and in particular to Schubert’s Winterreise. Here again is a traveler singing out his hopes and (even more) his anxieties, and finding them mirrored in the world around him as he passes. The songs also travel harmonically, from key to key. And they go on travelling in this arrangement, which Schoenberg made for a performance under the auspices of his Society for Private Musical Performances in February 1920, rescoring the music for a deeply Schoenbergian ensemble of solo string quintet with flute, clarinet, harmonium, piano and a percussion part necessary to maintain the crucial triangle and glockenspiel interventions of the orchestral original. The first song introduces the dejected protagonist, whose confessional melody is perkily parodied in an orchestral ritornello going at double speed. As the words move from indoors to outdoors, from self to nature, the music visits a glowing E flat major. Then it’s back to D minor and gloom. Next comes a kind of dancing march in D major, turning into B major and becoming more reflective at the start of the third stanza, and closing in F sharp. D minor bursts back for the third song, almost an operatic aria, with a slow, chromatic central section, where the protagonist recalls his beloved’s blue eyes, and a trailing close. The finale starts out as a funeral march in E minor, from which it achieves calm in F major, though only momentarily before the harmony is undercut, necessitating an ending in F minor. © Paul Griffiths About the composer: Gustav Mahler A professional opera conductor, in Europe and finally in New York, Mahler wrote no operas of his own. His drama was that of human existence and aspiration, and his principal forum the symphony, in which themes of effort and defeat, of hope and disintegration, of love and prayer could be played out. He wrote nine numbered symphonies, plus an unfinished tenth and The Song of the Earth, a symphony in songs. Several of the others also have solo vocal or choral movements, and one, No. 8, is choral throughout. The heart of his music, though, is in the orchestra, voicing, through expanded symphonic forms, passion and pain. About the composer: Arnold Schoenberg Responsible for two of the early twentieth century’s great musical revolutions, atonality and serialism, Schoenberg was a thorough-going conservative who regarded his work as a logical extension of the Austro-German tradition from Bach to Mahler. He was born in Vienna into a modest Jewish family and was largely self-taught. Perhaps that helped make him an extraordinary teacher – of Alban Berg and Anton Webern among others. In 1933 the new Nazi authorities forced him to leave his teaching post in Berlin, and he settled in Los Angeles, where his pupils included John Cage. He loved chamber music, and a large part of his output comprises works for small groupings, including four string quartets, though he also wrote symphonic pieces and one of the great operas, Moses und Aron.

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                • Rigoletto - Premiere February 20 2014 / Premiera în 20 februarie 2014 (teaser)

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                  Director: George Dăscălescu & Alexandru Iureș D.O.P : George Dăscălescu Production designer: Mădălina Marinescu Post Production: Digital Cube Sound design: Marius Leftarache Sound Recording: Filip Mureșan A production of the Bucharest National Opera House

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                  • RIGOLETTO (staged by / regia: Stephen Barlow) - trailer

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                    • Phantom of the opera

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                      Trailer for Stephen Barlow's Phantom of the opera.

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