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Summer Is Festival Season on, with Webcasts from Salzburg, Verbier and Operalia

“The invaluable C-SPAN of classical music.” — Classical Voice America

Marking its fifth anniversary season, – “a go-to destination for classical music and opera,” according to the Sacramento Bee – once again presents the greatest in classical music during the European summer festival season, with webcasts from the festivals of Salzburg, Verbier and Operalia. 
Among the highlights at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, which runs from July 19-September 1, will be a webcast on July 25 of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, his “Symphony of a Thousand” – with the performance drawing oneight top soloists, four choruses and the 200 musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. 
Since its inception, has been on location at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, running from July 19-August 4. The Verbier coverage will include 28 live star-studded events, including a concert ofVerdi and Wagner conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (July 25). Also live on will be Verbier’s 20th anniversary night, including multiple generations of stars from Yuri Bashmet to Yuja Wang (July 28), and the festival-capping concert starring violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Mikhail Pletnev, conducted by Kent Nagano (Aug 4).  Last, but not least, this year will webcast for the first time eightevents live from the festival via the Samsung TV application. The schedule will feature two to three live concerts from the festival each weekend.
This year, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia – the international opera competition – will take place in Verona, Italy, from August 19-25, and will be there to broadcast the grand finale on August 25. Since its founding by the great tenor in 1993, the competition has helped launch the careers of several of today’s top operatic artists, including Joseph Calleja, Rolando Villazón, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral and Ana María Martínez.
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Critical praise grows for with each passing month. The Toronto Star called the site “a seismic shift in the world of classical music,” and the Baltimore Sun said: “This is an amazing site for lovers of classical music.” According to Alex Ross’s blog, The Rest Is Noise, “The hits keep coming at”  Offering “treasures aplenty” was how Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly put it, naming as one of the web’s best classical experiences.
Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 120,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries – who have watched over 20 million videos to date. 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 for the Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and the Android. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs can now access the application – worldwide in 170 countries since March 1, 2013on the 2011 and 2012 models.
In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live concerts 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 1,200 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, master classes, 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.
Reference opera productions have also been added to the library, including Don Carlo at London’s Royal Opera House starring Rolando Villazón and The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne conducted by William Christie. Also new to the library is archival footage of Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan and Vladimir Horowitz, alongside master classes by Alfred Brendel and James Conlon.
European Summer Festivals on
July 19-Sept 1
Salzburg Festival
Salzburg, Austria
Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (July 25)
Various soloists; Vienna Singverein; Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra & Youth Choir of Venezuela / Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
July 19-Aug 4
Verbier Festival
Verbier, Switzerland
28 live events, includng Valery Gergiev conducting Verdi and Wagner (July 25); 20th anniversary night with Yuja Wang and Yuri Bashmet, among many others (July 28); finale with Janine Jansen and Mikhail Pletnev (Aug 4)
Aug 19-25
Verona, Italy
Live highlight: grand finale (Aug 25)
Watch concerts on the iPhone with the free App.
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