Video: Subway Musicians Connect in a Wi-Fi-Enabled Symphony

Friday, October 24, 2014

As Wi-Fi service gradually expands through New York City's subways, it was only a matter of time before busking musicians would find a way to turn it to their advantage.
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Succumbing to the Eboli Virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The immediacy and excitement of the music and character of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo are irresistible even to people who insist that they hate opera, writes Fred Plotkin.
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No Joyce DiDonato National Anthem, but Here Are Five Other Must-See Versions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Though DiDonato might have provided one of the most memorable versions of the national anthem, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, we’ll revisit our five favorite renditions.
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Conductor Halts Concert Due to Patron With Restless Child

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A performance by the New World Symphony was brought to a halt by the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, after a child in the audience became a distraction.
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Detroit Symphony Adds a Woman Conductor

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Detroit Symphony has named Michelle Merrill as its assistant conductor, making it a still-rare orchestra to have a woman on the podium.
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Review: Depth, Not Controversy, Lingers After Met Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Despite a demonstration across from Lincoln Center—and interruptions from hecklers—"The Death of Klinghoffer" production captured its many layers, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Protesters Disrupt Opening of The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The Death of Klinghoffer" was greeted Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera by several disruptions from hecklers as well as a huge applause for the work’s composer, John Adams.
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Rudolph Giuliani: The Death of Klinghoffer is 'Extremely Unfair'

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rudolph Giuliani has thrown his weight behind the Jewish groups and political figures who plan to protest on Monday night the Met's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer."
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Video: One Conductor Wasn't Enough For This Ives Performance

Monday, October 20, 2014

Charles Ives, who was born 140 years ago Monday, wrote a Fourth Symphony that ultimately required three conductors to harness its size and complexity.
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Indiana University Opera Hopes to Score in Football Stadium

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music announced Friday that it will present a live simulcast of its production of Puccini's La Boheme on its Jumbotron.
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The Depth of Klinghoffer: What Does the Controversy Say About Freedom of Expression?

Friday, October 17, 2014

With the Met Opera's controversial production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" opening on Monday, Fred Plotkin asks whether its detractors approach it with a full understanding.
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Basil Twist Rethinks Rite of Spring for Puppet Theater

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Puppetry is just the essence of bringing something to life," says Basil Twist. "It's animating the inanimate."
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Australian Officials Intervene to Lift Carmen Smoking Ban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A government health minister has told Western Australian Opera that it can resume staging "Carmen" – complete with tobacco references – without endangering a sponsorship.
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Youth Gets Its Day in Opera. Now Where Are the Honors for Veteran Artists?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As young singing talent is recognized at a gala awards evening, Fred Plotkin asks why the Kennedy Center Honors have overlooked opera this year, and who deserves the awards.
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Review: Pretty Yende Enterprising in New York Recital Debut

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pretty Yende's New York debut revealed a magnetically lush soprano and as much genuine warmth as boundless artistic confidence, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Classical Concerts Are Too Stuffy, Says Radiohead Guitarist

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jonny Greenwood is no fan of the traditional concert experience. In an interview on BBC Radio 5, he criticized classical concerts for being too stiff.
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FAA, Flight Attendants Square Off Over Music Devices on Planes

Friday, October 10, 2014

The nation's largest flight attendants union says it wants airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings.
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Soprano Pretty Yende's New York Story Began in Rural South Africa

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Soprano Pretty Yende, who returned to the Met last Monday in The Magic Flute and who will give her Carnegie recital debut this Monday night, has to continually pinch herself.
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Planet Opera: Toronto Beckons Singers and Their Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Canada has produced many magnificent opera singers but, in its customary self-effacing way, the country does not brag about them, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Australian Opera Company Cancels Carmen Over Fears it Promotes Smoking

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The West Australia Opera has said it will not program Carmen in the next two years, over fears that it would threaten $200,000 in sponsorship with a government health agency.
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