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The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards

In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.  

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Playlist: Cuba's Influence on Classical Music

Classical music's fascination with Cuba has been sporadic but easy to spot. As a diplomatic thaw begins, here are a dozen pieces to consider.

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Top Five Serial Operas

 "Serial," a series about a little-known murder case from 1999, has been called podcasting's first breakout hit. Opera composers have also been drawn to episodic series.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Schubert's 'Winter's Journey' and Brassy Carols

This week, we're highlighting the cheerful and bleak sides of winter, in new recordings featuring Matthias Georne and the London Brass.