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August 28, 2017

Vocal Gala Needs Reader Reviews

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Hilary Scott’s arresting images from Saturday night’s vocal gala from the Koussy Shed demand publication even though BMInt was unable to get a writer to attend. Therefore, dear readers, it is up to you to comment on our photo essay, and if you were there, on what you heard.

Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais, and Andris Nelsons pose for Hilary Scott

 

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Andris Nelsons leads Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais witht the usual conductor (Hilary Scott)-1

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Bryn Terfel on the podium with Kristine Opolais and Andris Nelsons, the BSO’s best conductor/baritone act since George Henschel. (Hilary Scott photo)

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Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons, James Burton, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Hilary Scott photo)

3 Comments

  1. You can hear an 80-something-year-old George Henschel sing and accompany himself here.

    Comment by Lee Eiseman — August 28, 2017 at 10:38 am

  2. 80-something is pretty darn close. The above recording of Dvorak’s On the Waters of Babylon was made on December 12, 1929, when Henschel (first conductor of the BSO, 1881-84) was just a couple of months short of his 80th birthday (February 18, 1850). Sir George Henschel made an earlier, equally impressive disc of the Dvorak when he was a young lad of 63, December 16, 1913.
    Henschel was the first of three BSO conductors who were in their early 30s when appointed. All three of these conductors had wives who were sopranos. Lillian Bailey Henschel sang with (then) Georg Henschel conducting on 33 occasions (not to mention the many joint recitals they sang together).
    Artur Nikisch gave 36 performances with soprano Amelie Heussner Nikisch during his 4 year term (1889-1893). Kristine Opolais has sung on eleven concerts with her husband on the podium, including
    last Saturday night. I regret to report that I wasn’t there.

    Comment by Brian Bell — August 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

  3. Here are some takes:

    Opera Wire

    Boston Globe

    MassLive

    Comment by david moran — August 29, 2017 at 10:23 am

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