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Alixandra Haywood

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Alix is a former clarinetist, musicologist, and content marketing manager at medici.tv!
Figaro entertains us from Seville, we wait anxiously for Pinkerton to return with Butterfly in Nagasaki, and we venture deep into the Underworld with Orpheus. Chopin's mazurkas transport us to a Polish village, and Dvorak's Slavonic dances pull us into Bohemian history. With classical music as our travel guide, let's see if we can make it around the world in 80 pieces...
This week on medici.tv, our 10th-anniversary programming is reliving moments of musical greatness brought to us by young musicians. Classical music, of course, has a long tradition of child prodigies, both on the stage and behind the staff paper. Let's look at few of the precocious performer/composer double-threats who have gone down in history...
Camille Pépin's Autumn Rhythm was premiered (6 times!) at the International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition yesterday. She spoke with us just before the big day...
Double, double toil and treble! Today we're sharing a playlist of some of our favorite witches in the classical repertoire—some scarier than others...
A veritable nineteenth-century celebrity, Franz Liszt had an impressive social network. Today on the blog we're playing 6 degrees of separation. Think you can figure out how we connected him to Michael Jackson? Come up with your own chain for the chance to win a medici.tv Premium gift card!
Which animal is responsible for Nikiya's death in La Bayadère, one of ballet's most tragic moments? Just how long is the typical tutu in the Romantic ballet? Can you recognize what ballet basics like an arabesque or a grand jeté look like on stage? Let's find out!
Often thought of as a challenging repertoire for both performers and audiences, Russian opera represents a diverse and impressive body of work. From opulent historical dramas to absurd philosophical fairy tales, there's something to please all kinds of opera lovers. Today we're swapping our "toi, toi, toi" for "Ни пуха, ни пера" as we dive right into the rich repertoire with a playlist of our favorite Russian operas...
With all the back-to-school spirit in the air this time of year and all of the incredible Russian music we've been streaming this month, we thought it might be fun to head back in time to see what our favorite Russian composers looked like as kids. Will you be able to recognize them?
A journalist who attended his rehearsal asked him why he ended the programme with Parsifal since the music was more difficult for a broad audience than Tristan. He replied: "What can be done after redemption?"
"What does a conductor do, anyway?" Most classical musicians have likely fielded this question from well-meaning but perplexed family and friends. To help you flesh out your answer, we're pulling back the curtain and diving into a world many music lovers rarely get the opportunity to explore: the rehearsal.