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On a virtual best seat in the house for the Salzburg Festival (Aug 3-25)

For classical music lovers across the globe, is the destination for a virtual best seat in the house for exciting, one-of-a-kind events from the 2014 Salzburg Festival (Aug 3-25). Festival events can be accessed on PCs and Macs, as well as on the go via’s application for iOS and Android devices – the gateway for music lovers to enjoy the world’s greatest classical music anywhere and anytime. Webcast live from Salzburg on will be starry productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Aug 3, with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role), Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Aug 15, with Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko) and Schubert’s rarely staged Fierrabras (Aug 25, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher). Recorded at the festival for later webcast on will be Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Aug 22, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst) and a concert of Strauss and more by the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel (Aug 24) – events to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Events are available for free streaming for 90 days after their initial presentation. More details for each event are below, and more information on the Salzburg Festival is available here.  All five presentations are broadcast on in partnership with Rolex.

Don Giovanni Live from Salzburg

Live at 1:30 p.m. on August 3, will present the Salzburg Festival production of the evergreen Mozart-Da Ponte masterpiece Don Giovanni, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and starring such top Mozart interpreters as Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello and Lenneke Ruiten as Donna Anna. The stage direction is by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, who sees Don Giovanni as someone craving freedom and pushing against the boundaries of puritan society. The director says: “Don Giovanni is a romantic hero of metaphysical proportions.” More info here.

Il Trovatore Live from Salzburg

Along with Rigoletto and La Traviata, Il Trovatore is one of Verdi’s most beloved works, part of his trilogia popolare. This Salzburg presentation of the opera – to be webcast live on at 1 p.m. on August 15 – features a dream cast that includes Anna Netrebko as Leonora and Plácido Domingo as Count di Luna, as well as Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena) and Francesco Meli (Manrico). Daniele Gatti will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic and multiple choruses, with Alvis Hermanis the stage director and set designer. More info here.

Fierrabras Live from Salzburg

Schubert’s Fierrabras – his most important theatrical work yet very rarely staged – will be presented live from the Salzburg Festival on at 1 p.m. on August 25. Directed by Peter Stein and featuring the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, the production includes a cast ideal for this mix of singspiel and romantic melodrama: Julia Kleiter (Emma), Dorothea Röschmann (Florinda) and Benjamin Bernheim (Eginhard), plus Michael Schade in the title role. More info here.
Strauss in Salzburg

Paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the Salzburg Festival will be presenting two major events: the opera Der Rosenkavalier (to be webcast at 1 p.m. on August 22) and an orchestral concert with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel (to be webcast at 5 a.m. on August 24). The production of Der Rosenkavalier is directed by Harry Kupfer, with the Vienna Philharmonic – the perfect orchestra for this score – conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, a native son of Austria. The cast includes Krassimira Stoyanova (the Feldmarschallin), Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Mojca Erdmann (Sophie). The orchestral program conducted by Dudamel will feature two tone-poem masterpieces by Strauss: Death and Transfiguration and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The concert will also include a new work by contemporary Austrian composer René Staar. For more information: Der Rosenkavalier and Gustavo Dudamel conducts René Staar and Richard Strauss.

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Aug 3, 1:30 p.m.
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Mozart: Don Giovanni
Conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira), Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello)
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Aug 15, 1:00 p.m.
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Verdi: Il Trovatore
Conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Alvis Hermanis, with Anna Netrebko (Leonora),  Plácido Domingo (Count di Luna), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena), Diana Haller (Ines), Franceso Meli (Manrico), Riccardo Zanellato (Ferrando)
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Aug 22, 1:00 p.m.
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (recorded Aug 14)
Vienna Philharmonic; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Directed by Harry Kupfer, with Krassimira Stoyanova (the Feldmarschallin), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Mojca Erdmann (Sophie)
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Aug 24, 5:00 a.m.
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Vienna Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
René Staar: Time Recycling (2014)
Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
Gustavo Dudamel conducts René Staar and Richard Strauss on
Aug 25, 1:00 p.m.
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Schubert: Fierrabras,
Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, directed by Peter Stein with Michael Schade (Fierrabras), Julia Kleiter (Emma), Dorothea Röschmann (Florinda)
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Also upcoming on
Aug 19, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Zoltán Kocsis conducts Liszt and Dvorák, with Denis Matsuev

Aug 20, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Zoltán Kocsis conducts Glinka, Brahms and Beethoven, with Laurent Korcia

Aug 21, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Robert King conducts Handel’s Messiah – concert webcast in delayed streaming

Aug 22, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
The Zaïde Quartet plays Mozart, Janácek and Schumann, with Beatrice Rana – concert webcast in delayed streaming

Aug 23, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Roger Muraro plays Wagner/Liszt – concert webcast in delayed streaming

Aug 24, 3:30 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Happy birthday, Mister Spivakov!, with the Moscow Virtuosi and Denis Matsuev

Aug 25, 1:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
“La Nuit du Piano ER,” with Benjamin Grosvenor, David Fray, Anna Fedorova and Li Siqian – concert webcast in delayed streaming

Aug 26, 12:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Faycal Karoui conducts Gershwin, Bernstein and Marquez, with Denis Matsuev

Aug 27, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Faycal Karoui: Opera Night with Lianna Haroutounian, Géraldine Chauvet and Aquiles Machado

Aug 28, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Yuri Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, with Alexandre Kniazev and Yuja Wang

Aug 29, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rossini, Brahms and Elgar, with Denis Matsuev

Aug 30, 10:00 p.m.
Operalia 2014
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Final Round live from the Los Angeles Opera, with Plácido Domingo

New! presents Live Scores  
This month, introduces its Live Scores feature in partnership with Weezic: Twenty masterpieces will be available in video with automatically synchronized scores appearing on the screen while the work is being performed.

New! Chromecast for HD TVs

More than 1,400 programs and 100 live events per year are available for viewing via on HD televisions – no matter the brand – thanks to the new Chromecast feature of the medici tv application for iOS and Android. Chromecast is a thumb-sized media-streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on an HD TV. Set up is with a simple app, then viewers can send their favorite online shows, movies, music and more to their HD TVs via a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Chromecast works with Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Browsing for what to watch, controlling playback and adjusting the volume can be done with any device. See here for more information on Chromecast for

The application

There is a thoroughly updated app for Android and Apple devices that offers music lovers a free virtual seat at the greatest classical performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world. The previous edition of the app had already been named one of the top five classical apps by New York’s WQXR, which pointed out that the app “allows you to peek inside great European concert halls.” Part of the all-devices strategy, this new, improved app for tablets and smart phones gives users the ability to intuitively navigate through more than 1,400 HD videos, including both performances and documentaries. Available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play store, the app gives users access to more than 100 live concert webcasts each year from top classical artists and the finest music institutions across the globe – without ads and in the ideal video quality according to your internet connection. Users can watch a live event and then watch it again whenever and wherever they want. More than 70,000 music lovers have downloaded the app since it was first created, enjoying an enriched experience of classical music unrivaled on the web. Read more about apps here:

Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 180,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs can now access the application worldwide in 170 countries on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 models, as well as all future ones. More than 70 client universities around the world take advantage of, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live events each year, has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,400 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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