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

Friday, December 19, 2014

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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Stolen Viola Found Smashed in Vacant Lot

Friday, December 19, 2014

A $9,000 viola recently stolen from a musician near Philadelphia has been found smashed to pieces in a vacant lot.
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Playlist: From Copland to Golijov, Cuba's Influence on Classical Music

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 "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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New York City Ballet Names Andrew Litton Music Director

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York City Ballet announced on Tuesday that Andrew Litton will be its next music director.
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Nuns Vied With Bach For Top-Selling Albums of 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As music critics assemble their best-of 2014 lists, another, probably very different barometer of musical taste has been revealed.
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When Opera Singers Groove to the Motown Sound

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A surprising number of opera singers take an interest in the music of 1960s Motown, Fred Plotkin writes. Which Motown song do you think could work in a recital repertoire?
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Enough of Handel's Messiah? Try One by Monty Python's Eric Idle

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eric Idle, the famous member of the absurdist-comedy collective Monty Python, talks with WQXR's Elliott Forrest about his work in comedy and classical music.
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Searching for Messiah, in Dublin and New York

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Yorkers is home to various annual Messiah performances but Dublin is where it all got started. Blogger Fred Plotkin visits the site of the premiere.
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Poll: What Was the Biggest Classical Music Story of 2014?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Next week our Conducting Business podcast will be looking back at 2014 with three top music critics. But first, we ask you to weigh in.
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New York Philharmonic Names Oscar Schafer Chairman

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hedge fund mogul Oscar S. Schafer, who has been the lead supporter of the New York Philharmonic's parks concerts since 2007, will become the next chairman of the orchestra's board.
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London's Donatella Flick Conducting Competition Lauds First Woman

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For the first time in its 25-year history, the first place prize in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition has gone to a woman.
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Anna Netrebko Supports Theater in Ukrainian Separatist Region

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anna Netrebko is responding to critics of a controversial donation she gave to a theater in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, asserting that the gift was "not a political act."
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Hélène Grimaud to Play 'Water Music' as Park Avenue Armory is Flooded

Monday, December 08, 2014

Debussy sought to create pieces that evoke the play of water. But a musician playing his work while ankle-deep in water is probably not what he had in mind.
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Review: With Luxury Casting, Turin Opera Rehabilitates William Tell at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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For Irish Opera, Funding Troubles and Signs of Revival

Monday, December 08, 2014

Surveying Ireland's opera scene, Fred Plotkin writes, "I have found many reasons to hope for an operatic revival and a couple of causes for concern."
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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Classical Holiday Music

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Think you know your Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs? Take our quiz to see how much you really know.
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Barenboim Bids La Scala Farewell Amid Violent Protests

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The gala mood for "Fidelio" contrasted with protests outside that turned violent as the curtain rose on one of the most glittering events on Europe's culture calendar.
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Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center Gets $38 Million

Friday, December 05, 2014

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center on Friday announced a $38 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.  
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Grammys 2015: List of Classical Nominees

Friday, December 05, 2014

In-house orchestra labels had a particularly strong showing in the nominations for the 57th Grammy Awards, which were announced on Friday afternoon.
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