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In the paper:
Christopher O'Riley and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, by Mark J. Estren.
The Geringas Baryton Trio plays Haydn, by Charles T. Downey;
The National Philharmonic of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov (scroll down for review), by Rebecca J. Ritzel.

The NEA Opera Awards Pick 5 Honorees for 2009, by Anne Midgette. The NEA's opera hall of fame continues to grow with more of the usual suspects.


Around the world:

Terry Riley's seminal "In C," sometimes called the piece that launched Minimalism in music, received an all-star 45th anniversary performance, with 70-some new-music stars including Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies, at Carnegie Hall on Friday night...
The Opera Company of Philadelphia opened a double bill of "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" and "Gianni Schicchi," with Stephen Costello (winner of the Richard Tucker award) and his wife, Ailyn Pérez, on Friday...
The Atlanta Opera revived its 2002 "Flying Dutchman" on Saturday, with Erika Sunnegardh and Mark Delavan; no review as yet in the soon-to-be-criticless Atlanta Journal-Consitution...
Robert Lepage's "The Rake's Progress," which originated in Brussels as part of a five-theater co-production, made it to Milan's La Scala on Friday; David Robertson conducted. OperaChic reports...
Robert Carsen brought his 2007 "Mitridate, Re di Ponto" to the Theater an der Wien, also on Friday...
Salvatore Sciarrino offered the world premiere of his latest opera, "La porte della legge," based on a Kafka short story, in the newly-renovated Wuppertal opera house on Saturday; the Neue Zürcher Zeitung raved about the music.


Opera Twitter is back. The journalist and blogger The Omniscient Mussel is introducing a new and improved version of last month's opera plot contest on Twitter, challenging all comers to summarize the plot of a favorite opera in 140 characters or less. For this installment, more than 30 opera houses around the globe are contributing prizes; the Washington National Opera is one of the most generous, offering tickets to both the final performance of "Turandot" on June 4 and the Opera Ball on June 5. To enter, simply tweet your summary or submit it as a comment on The Omniscient Mussel, making sure to include the tag #operaplot, between today and May 3. (Rules and FAQ's are here.) And double-post your entries to The Classical Beat, if you're so minded, so the Twitter-less can join the fun.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 27, 2009; 6:25 AM ET
Categories:  Washington , international , local reviews , national  
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