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La Belle Ferronière by Leonardo da Vinci

La Belle Ferronière by Leonardo da Vinci

The Louvre in Paris has given the ok for three of its Leonardo da Vinci paintings to travel to Milan for the ambitious exhibition of the painter’s works to coincide with the Milan Expo in 2015.

Leonardo lived in Milan for 17 years and, of course, his The Last Supper is painted on the walls of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in the city.

The Expo runs from the beginning of May 2015 for six months, and the exhibition will open in April and run through to July at the Palazzo Reale, next to the Duomo.

The three works that the Louvre will send are are the “Annunciazione”, “La Belle Ferronière” and “San Giovanni Battista”.

The curators of the Milan show also asked for the loan of the painting dedicated to “Sant’Anna” but the journey is considered too risky for such a large-scale canvas.

Three Leonardo da Vinci paintings on loan from the Louvre for the Milan Expo 2015 The Louvre in Paris has given the ok for three of its Leonardo da Vinci paintings to travel to Milan for the ambitious exhibition of the painter’s works to coincide with the Milan Expo in 2015.

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson to star in Sweeney Todd in London

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson to star in Sweeney Todd in London

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd - Photo by Chris Lee, 2014

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd – Photo by Chris Lee, 2014

After the success of Sweeney Todd in concert with the New York Philharmonic in March of this year, Bryn Terfel and  Emma Thompson return  in their roles for thirteen performances at the London Coliseum.

It will be the first musical under the new collaboration between English National Opera and the GradeLinnit Company, which…

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Ivan Vasiliev writes from his hospital bed

Ivan Vasiliev writes from his hospital bed

don_quixote_osipova_vasilievIvan Vasiliev has been forced to pull out of the Don Quixote performances at La Scala with Tamara Rojo.

The casting has already suffered some upsets as The Vasiliev-Osipova coupling was to share performances with Leonid Sarafanov and Svetlana Zakharova. When Zakharova withdrew for unknown motives requiring her to be in Moscow during this period, the dream team were split up and Natalia Osipova…

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Brava, Jessye! Met Opera Guild’s 80th Luncheon salutes Jessye Norman

Brava, Jessye! Met Opera Guild’s 80th Luncheon salutes Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman - 80th Annual Metropolitan Opera Guild LuncheonOn Friday 21 November, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents Brava, Jessye! to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing!

A perennial highlight of the opera season, the Luncheon will bring together a host of artists and other luminaries to honour the sumptuous-voiced soprano and her long and…

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The world of composer Steve Barakatt: from space to eternal life in Russia

The world of composer Steve Barakatt: from space to eternal life in Russia

Steve Barakatt

You may not have heard the name of Canadian composer Steve Barakatt, but how many composers have had a composition played in space? This happened on 20 November 2009 when Barakatt’s UNICEF International Anthem, Lullaby, was played on the  international space station.

Lullaby was composed for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The first recording included the…

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The funeral of Magda Olivero - 11 September 2014

The funeral of Magda Olivero – 11 September 2014

Magda Olivero's funeral, Milan 2014 - 2Magda Olivero’s funeral was a life affirming mix of emotions. She was a practising Catholic, and three different priests who had been close to her for many years spoke about this very special woman.

A Czechoslovakian priest knew Olivero from the 1960s when he took over the church in Solda. This was where she had a holiday home with her husband, at 2,000-meters, in the mountains near Bolzano. She…

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Sergei Polunin quits ballet for Hollywood

Sergei Polunin quits ballet for Hollywood

Polunin under Zelensky's protective wing

Polunin under Zelensky’s protective wing

Two years after joining Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre under the protective wing if Igor Zelensky, Sergei Polunin is on the move again. According to RIA Novosti he has left for Hollywood.

Ara Karapetian, the theatre’s General Manager, said that,

Sergei has decided to leave the ballet and pursue an acting career. He went to…

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La Scala pays tribute Magda Olivero who has died at 104

La Scala pays tribute Magda Olivero who has died at 104

Magda Olivero during the conference for her 100th birthday

Magda Olivero during the conference for her 100th birthday

Theatrical to the last, the great soprano Magda Olivero died on the day of La Scala’s opening performance after the summer break. Before Maria Agresta’s recital a beautifully worded tribute to Olivero’s career, voice and life was read out, and then the audience stood for a minute’s silence.

Although Olivero started having difficulties in…

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ROH_World_Ballet_Day_Page_1The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies from five different countries: Russia, The United Kingdom, America, Canada and Australia.

The online event will take place on Wednesday 1 October when the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will stream live behind the scenes action from their rehearsal studios.

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of the five ballet companies will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters starting with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. The live link then passes across time zones and cultures from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco.

The live stream will give viewers rare access to the backstage lives of ballet dancers, it will also provide an unusual opportunity to observe the differences in style between the five companies: the basic routine may be similar but the approach to class, choreography and performance defines the ways that have made them unique on the world stage.  Starting with morning class to warm up the body, moving on to rehearsals for their upcoming performances, the day will be a celebration of dance.

Viewers will be able to engage and interact with dancers, choreographers and coaches who live and breathe ballet every day of their working lives, with the possibility to ask questions throughout the day. Exhibitionists among the viewers – and if they are dancers there’ll be a few! – will have the opportunity to contribute by submitting a film of themselves doing a pirouette wherever they are in the world. These will be edited into a film celebrating the worldwide appeal of dance.

The day’s streaming will be repeated on YouTube in full so that viewers around the world can catch up on any parts of the day they missed.  Edited highlights will then be made available for further viewing.

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World Ballet Day was developed after the success of Royal Ballet Live which was a nine-hour live streaming event via YouTube and The Guardian website in March 2012. There were 200,000 views of the live stream and repeat broadcast and a total of 2.5 million views of YouTube Royal Ballet Live material to date. It is, however, the first time that four of the five ballet companies are taking the cameras backstage to reveal the sweat and determination of these talented dancers.

In another first, this collaboration is the first time that YouTube has streamed live more than nine hours of content.

Highlights from The Royal Ballet will include Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing for their performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon which opens at Covent Garden on Friday 26 September and is screened live into cinemas across the world on Thursday 16 October.

www.roh.org.uk/worldballetday

The Royal Ballet in rehearsal: Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Global First: 5 top ballet companies in live streaming on 1 October The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies from five different countries: Russia, The United Kingdom, America, Canada and Australia.
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