The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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Valentina Lisitsa to Give Toronto Recitals, a Month After Twitter Uproar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist known for her barbed Twitter commentary, has found a way to perform around Toronto after all.
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Whitney Museum to Get Its First Dedicated Performance Space

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feasts for the eye can be found at every turn in the Whitney Museum of American Art's new downtown space. But museum officials want to offer a buffet for the ears too.
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San Francisco Symphony Targets Younger Fans with Nightclub Events

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Vegas-style nightclub is the San Francisco Symphony's latest effort to attract a younger audience as it faces dwindling ticket sales.
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Video: Pianist Yundi Li and Taylor Swift Star in Chinese Car Commercial

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The phenomenon of American celebrities starring in commercials overseas is nothing new, but chances are, few have involved classical pianists.
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Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
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Julia Wolfe's 'Anthracite Fields' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 20, 2015

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields, a multimedia oratorio about the plight of Pennsylvania coal miners, has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music.
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How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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Hilary Hahn Takes Aim at 'Graphic Coughing' by Minnesota Audience

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week, WQXR is featuring Hilary Hahn's new album of concertos by Mozart and Vieuxtemps, but on social media, the violinist has been making waves for another reason.
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Video: For Leopold Stokowski's Birthday, How to Conduct Without a Baton

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The conductor Leopold Stokowski, who was born 133 years ago Saturday, was noted for a conducting style that spurned the traditional baton.
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Paris Philharmonie Wins Legal Battle Against Architect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Philharmonie de Paris, the sleek concert venue in the outskirts of Paris which opened in January amid much controversy, has won a court battle with its architect.
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Three Key Takeaways from the $52 Million Grants to U.S. Arts Groups

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Wallace Foundation says it will give $52 million to 26 nonprofit arts organizations, earmarked for initiatives aimed at attracting younger and more diverse audiences.
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A Makeover For 'Aïda?' Revisiting a Met Repertory Staple

Friday, April 17, 2015

When should an opera production be retired and when should it be revisited and improved? Fred Plotkin gives Verdi's "Aida" a checkup.
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Renée Fleming Sends Up Opera World in 'Living on Love'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming—who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even a Super Bowl — is opening next week on the Broadway. She spoke with Elliott Forrest backstage.
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Review: Met Opera's New 'Cav/Pag' Features Double Dose of Love and Death

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Industry: Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.
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Philip Glass Wins $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The composer Philip Glass has been named eleventh recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, a lifetime achievement award given out every two to three years.
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Strange Violin of the Future to Debut in New York This Week

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Piezoelectric Violin, a prototype instrument built using a 3D printer, appears this week in New York. Have a look.
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Review: Graceful 'An American in Paris' Has Pizazz and Heart

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The exuberant new musical is helmed with panache by top director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, writes the Associated Press.
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Sneak Peak Video: George Gagnidze Sings Prologue to 'Pagliacci'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A new double bill production of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" is set to open at the Met this Tuesday. Watch the prologue of "Pagliacci," recorded in The Greene Space.
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