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Archive for November 20, 2013

Benjamin Britten, Hear the Documentary

Benjamin Britten

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, WFMT commissioned a documentary on his life and music by one who played for the composer, producer Jon Tolansky. The two-hour program offers commentary by musicians for whom Britten’s music was written, and by those who perform his works today

No Abridged Verdi

Party scene from "La traviata"; photo by Todd Rosenberg

When Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its production of La traviata on Wednesday evening, there will be music that has never been heard in that opera house before. In its thirteen previous runs at Lyric Opera, starting with the inaugural season in 1954, La traviata has always been staged with cuts to the score. There’s been a resurgence of interest