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MUSIC REVIEWS: OPERAS, COMPETITIONS, MUSIC FESTIVALS --- and contemporary music crossovers

Contact Anne Ku if you feel a forthcoming concert, festival, competition, or opera is worthy of a personal preview or review.


The inspiration of Kealoha, the slam poet of Hawaii
19 April 2011

Thomas Purviance on Franz Liszt
11 April 2011

From entertainment to art: review of Maui Choral Arts
21 March 2011

REVIEW: The Elixir of Love: a one-off production by Maui Pops Orchestra and San Francisco Pocket Opera
23 March 2011 2-page PDF

A one-off opera production in Maui: Elixir of Love
15 March 2011

Maui Choral Arts singers sing on
13 December 2010


Rzewski "Reeds" for Calefax reed quintet
21 March 2010

Holland Festival 2010
13 March 2010

Chinese Opera in Amsterdam
5 February 2010

New Music from China in Amsterdam
25 January 2010

Camenae Collective Octet in Amsterdam
23 December 2009

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in Amsterdam
7 December 2009

Music and Poetry at Dutch Music Days in Amsterdam: Nederlandse Muziekdagen
16 October 2009

Tan Dun's Marco Polo in Amsterdam,
21 November 2008

Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi in Amsterdam
24 June 2008

Golijov's Passion for St Mark in Amsterdam
23 June 2008

Doctor Atomic, opera by John Adams and Peter Sellars, European premiere in Amsterdam
25 June 2007


Brendan Kinsella concert in Utrecht, by Emanuel Overbeeke
12 July 2011

Ricciotti Ensemble premieres new opera "Pinocchio in Love" -- ENGLISH
20 July 2010

De premiere van Pinocchio in love van het Ricciotti Ensemble -- DUTCH!
21 July 2010

Review: Glass Vase Concert in Utrecht, Netherlands by Emanuel Overbeeke
4 June 2010

Brautigam premieres new piano concerto of Jacob TV
7 March 2010

Effusion: a cross domain exploration through video and music
17 February 2010

Love Dolls, the play by Duda Paiva
16 February 2010

Four Dutch men win the 8th International Student Piano Competition, Utrecht,
21 October 2008

Loevendie's new operina Babylon in Utrecht
4 November 2007

Queen and the Soldier in Utrecht
20 August 2007

NETHERLANDS: Woerden, den Bosch

In Viaggio with Carla Regina
29 April 2010

National preliminary rounds of the 48th International Vocal Competition in Den Bosch, Netherlands,
6 October 2009


Opera for first timers, 20 November 2008

Debussy's Pelleas et Melissande, Independent Opera, Sadler's Wells, London
7 December 2008

Strauss' Elektra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London,
5 December 2008

Four operas in three consecutive days in London (9, 10, 11 October 2008):

Handel's Partenope, Cavalli's La Calisto, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

International Vocal Competition
1 October 2008

Donizetti's Don Pasquale at Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf London
22 August 2008

Cosi Fan Tutte, first production of Situation Opera in London
8 August 2008

Figaro, the Barber of Seville in London
18 July 2008


Cortona Contemporary Music Festival: a personal reflection
8 August 2007


The real Taiwan and the Dutch, 1 August 2010

Spirit Matters, by Matt Pallamary, 14 December 2008

Change Thrivers: Your Resource Guide for Making Change Work by Afsaneh Noori
10 January 2007

A Man of His Village by Tanyo Ravicz
9 January 2007

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
4 February 2005

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Le Bon Journal reviews of opera, competitions, and music festivals target a wide readership, to educate (with historical backgrounds) and share the concert-going experience, not necessarily a critique of the performance or performers. It's the "tapas" or "dim sum" approach to include a little bit of everything but enough to whet your appetite and entice you to go to the next event.

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Anne Ku, May 2001

Anne Ku
writes about her travels, conversations, thoughts, events, music, and anything else that is interesting enough to fill a web page. She has written and produced two chamber operas, premiered in Utrecht, Netherlands. See her publication list for more.
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