Yulianna Avdeeva Wins Chopin Competition

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to win the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

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Two Classical Groups Upload New Online Initiatives

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classical-music organizations can't get enough of social media right now. From the Top, the public radio show, and an upcoming orchestra festival are the latest to turn to Internet crowd-sourcing.


Nine Questions for Anne Akiko Meyers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has purchased a 1697 Stradivarius for $3.6 million, the highest price on record for any musical instrument sold at auction. She explains why it was love at first sound.

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Flight of the Bumblebee Played in Record Time

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A violinist from East London has made his way into the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest performance of Flight of the Bumblebee.

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From the Vaults: George Jellinek with Risë Stevens

Monday, October 18, 2010

In this 1983 appearance on The Vocal Scene, the great mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens talks with George Jellinek about her unlikely rise to fame, her major roles, and some of her classic recordings.

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Lincoln Center Badgered by Bed Bugs

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bed bugs have developed a more refined taste. On Thursday they made their Metropolitan Opera House debut following an outbreak at Lincoln Center's adjacent David H. Koch Theater last week.

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The Social Network Brings Back a Grieg Crowd-Pleaser

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King has been appropriated for film soundtracks, TV commercials, video games, and heavy metal bands. It's returning to the spotlight - and with an unlikely twist.


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.


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.


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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