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June 24, 2011

UK's Guardian provides first live-streaming from Glyndebourne

I've only managed one visit to Glyndebourne, the historic and magical opera festival in the East Sussex area of England, and I've been itching to return ever since. If only my lottery numbers would finally pay off.

Meanwhile, here's some great news:

Thanks to The Guardian, my favorite source of British news and views, folks anywhere can ...

tune in via the Internet to opera performances from Glyndebourne this summer.

The first-ever live streaming will be on Sunday -- "Die Meistersinger," in a production directed by David McVicar and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. The cast includes Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs, Marco Jentzsch as Walther, Anna Gabler as Eva. It's Glyndeborune's first "Meistersinger" and only the second Wagner opera at the festival since it was founded in 1934.

The live stream starts at 9:45 a.m. EST. On-demand video of the performance will be available for seven days afterward.  Click here for more info.

There will be one more live-streaming this season on Aug. 21 -- "The Turn of the Screw."

Here's a Glyndebourne video preview of "Meistersinger":

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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