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The Scene: Theodore Morrison's Much-Anticipated Opera Dealing with Oscar Wilde's Trial and Conviction Finally Comes to Santa Fe and There's a Wealth of New Music to Be Heard at Both Cabrillo and Tanglewood

Magazine article Gramophone

The Scene: Theodore Morrison's Much-Anticipated Opera Dealing with Oscar Wilde's Trial and Conviction Finally Comes to Santa Fe and There's a Wealth of New Music to Be Heard at Both Cabrillo and Tanglewood

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ATHERTON

Music@Menlo

From Bach (July 18-August 10)

Now entering its second decade, the San Francisco Bay Area's top chamber music festival celebrates Bach with eight thrilling concert programmes exploring his profound influence through the centuries. Each reveals how his music shaped harmony, even permeating the music of the string quartet and the piano trio. Works by Bartok, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Strauss and Shostakovich (to name but a few)are juxtaposed with a range of Bach's masterworks. A popular series of artist-curated concerts allow guest musicians to continue this immersion from a personal perspective, with violinists Soovin Kim and Jorja Fleezanis, cellists Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser, and percussionists Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum. musicatmenlo.org

SANTA FE

Santa Fe Opera

Morrison: Oscar (premiere)

(July 27 & 31; August 9,12 & 17)

Oscar Wilde reportedly had a 'mezzo voice', so it's only fitting that Theodore Morrison's new opera based on the writer's life(the story was devised with Wilde scholar John Cox) is written for a countertenor. For David Daniels, who's best known in Baroque opera circles, this is his first starring role in a contemporary work composed especially for his voice. The cast also includes Dwayne Croft, Heidi Stober and William Burden. Evan Rogister conducts. santafeopera.org

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (July 23)

Grimaud Plays Brahms (August 6 & 8)

Stravinsky's masterwork has an outing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Phil --a venue and orchestra the composer knew well. Guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos leads the concert, which also features Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto played by Augustin Hadelich. In early August, rising-star maestro James Gaffigan presents Strauss's Don Juan and Brahms's First Piano Concerto with French pianist Helene Grimaud. hollywoodbowl.com

NEW YORK

Lincoln Center

Mostly Mozart Festival (July 27-August 24)

Led by Louis Langree, this ever-popular festival explores the musical bonds between Mozart and Beethoven. The opening night intersperses beloved Mozart arias (sung by mezzo Alice Coote) with Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Fourth Piano Concerto (with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet) and Seventh Symphony. …

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