Joan Sutherland Sings the Mad Scene from Lucia

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Get a free download of Joan Sutherland singing the "Mad Scene" from Lucia di Lammermoor. Plus, share your reflections and stories.

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YouTube Launches Second Orchestral Project

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google is once again bringing its mighty influence to the performing arts, announcing the return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct.

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Music World Pays Tribute to Famed Soprano Joan Sutherland

Monday, October 11, 2010

Over a career that spanned more than 40 years, Joan Sutherland is being remembered as one of the last singers who truly earned the title prima donna. Share your stories and reflections about Dame Sutherland and her career.

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Classical Music Community Pays Tribute to Joan Sutherland

Monday, October 11, 2010

Matthew Horner, Vice President and Artist Manager at IMG Artists:

Dame Joan was the very reason I started listening to opera in the first place. I cannot say adequately what an impact she had on me.

I was a teenage violinist in Western PA and thought opera was fairly ...

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Soprano Joan Sutherland Dies at 83

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dame Joan Sutherland, known fondly as "The Stupendous One" and one of the most admired sopranos of the 20th century has died in Switzerland, The Associated Press reports. Share your stories and reflections about Sutherland and her career.

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Hildegard's Striking Music Comes to Life in "Vision"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The life of Hildegard Von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine nun, composer and mystic, unfolds in Vision, a new film by the veteran German director Margarethe von Trotta.

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Detroit Symphony Strike Has Ripple Effects

Friday, October 08, 2010

As the Detroit Symphony strike continues, concerts this weekend have been cancelled and musicians are picketing outside the orchestra's home.

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From the Vaults: Jussi Björling and Company

Thursday, October 07, 2010

In this 1991 episode of The Vocal Scene, the late host George Jellinek pays tribute to Jussi Björling, the Swedish tenor known for his effortless and suave voice as well as his tragically short career.

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12 Questions for Bryn Terfel

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Welsh bass-baritone who plays Wotan in the Met’s new Ring cycle tells us about set malfunctions, his love of the band Pink Floyd, and why he's finally releasing a Christmas album.

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Philippe Auguin Named New Music Director at Washington National Opera

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Washington National Opera has appointed conductor Philippe Auguin as its new music director. The appointment is the latest in a series of shake-ups for the company.

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Six Singers on the Rise

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The New York debut has long been a rite of passage for classical musicians. These half a dozen promising young singers have recently or are about to make debuts on New York area stages. Here's what to watch and listen for.

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Motor City Maestros

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has had a tumultuous history of financial crises, labor unrest, and concert hall problems but also some nationally and internationally acclaimed concert tours and recordings. Here are some highlights from its history.

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From the Vaults: George Jellinek Pays Tribute to Pavarotti and Freni

Friday, October 01, 2010

Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni were childhood friends in Italy, and they went on to make many classic recordings together. This archival edition of The Vocal Scene offers a sample of their musical chemistry.

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Labor Dispute Quiets Detroit Symphony

Friday, October 01, 2010

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians called a strike after refusing to accept steep pay cuts demanded by the financially struggling orchestra. Read more and listen to Midge Woolsey's interviews with both sides.

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New York Philharmonic Uses Staten Island Junk for 'Kraft'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, and other alternative spaces. But on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic's composer in residence, and several percussionists, were scouring a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall in October.

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Virtual Choir Composer Aims for World Record

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The California-based choral composer Eric Whitacre is searching for hundreds of singers in a record-breaking attempt to form the the world's largest online choir.


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Violinist and Pianist win MacArthur "Genius" Grants

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A violinist who runs a community music school in Providence, R.I., and an eclectic jazz pianist and composer are among the 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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The Met Brings the Ring to Times Square

Monday, September 27, 2010

Times Square has its colorful characters, but they were no match for the primeval collection of gods, nymphs and dwarves found in Wagner's Das Rheingold, which was transmitted live there Monday night.

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New York Philharmonic Executive To Resign

Monday, September 27, 2010

Zarin Mehta, the president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, has announced he will step down at the end of the 2011-12 season.

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On Stage and Screen, The Met's New Ring Makes its Debut

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tonight's gala opening of Wagner's Das Rheingold launches the biggest production in the Metropolitan Opera's history. Although the entire run is sold out, there are other ways to experience the opera.

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