Kelli O'Hara Crosses Over to Opera in Updated 'Dido and Aeneas'

Friday, April 29, 2016

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A new production of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' cast Broadway actors and debuted a new prologue to the 17th century work. David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the effort.
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Inside L.A. Opera's Young Artist Auditions

Friday, April 29, 2016

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Each year, talented singers audition for Los Angeles Opera's exclusive Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Fred Plotkin sat in on this year's proceedings.
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A Supporting Artist Who Steals the Show

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Maria Zifchak, a mezzo-soprano who's shined in character roles on the Metropolitan Opera stage "is in a class all of her own," writes Fred Plotkin.
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A Second 'Otello'? The Other Operas Inspired by Shakespeare

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Certainly you've heard of Verdi's 'Otello' and Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', but check out these lesser-known operas based on the same source material. 
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Violinist Yehudi Menuhin

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Yehudi Menuhin didn't just play the violin ridiculously well, from mastering Yoga poses to jamming with gypsies, Clemency Burton-Hill illuminates lesser-known aspects of his legacy.
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A Verdian Season in New York

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last week, New York experienced a flurry of events honoring the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Fred Plotkin, who attended them, considers the composer's legacy. 
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Q2 Music's Meet the Composer Wins Peabody Award

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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The podcast, which takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of today's most innovative and compelling composers, was honored for excellence in the radio/podcast category.
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

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William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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James Levine Set to Retire from the Met

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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After a 45-year career at the Metropolitan Opera, the legendary maestro will become the organization's music director emeritus.
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Jed Bernstein Resigns as Lincoln Center President

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The president of Lincoln Center is leaving his position to pursue creative and producing opportunities.
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13 Vinyl Classics to Hear on Record Store Day

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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In honor of Record Store Day 2016 on Saturday, vinyl connoisseur and WQXR weekend host Paul Cavalconte has shared a baker's dozen of his favorite LPs from his personal collection.
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From Renaissance to Ragtime: How Jeremy Denk Crafted His Carnegie Program

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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The pianist, who will perform at Carnegie Hall on April 17, explains how he created his genre-bending program, which includes works from the 16th century to contemporary composers.
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How Old Is Too Old for the Opera Stage?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers ageism in opera, and what singers facing the twilight of their careers can still offer in performances.
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New Jersey Welcomes Its New Maestra

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Xian Zhang, the incoming music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, led her first concerts series since being named to the role and discussed her ambitions for the ensemble.
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Steinway's Grand Design: A Modern Temple to the Piano

Monday, April 11, 2016

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On Monday, Steinway opens its new flagship retail store with a state-of-the-art concert hall in Midtown New York. See images of the piano purveyor's new digs.
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Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Beverly Sills Award

Thursday, April 07, 2016

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The soprano, who made her Met debut last season, is the 11th recipient of the award and will receive $50,000 to help further her career. 
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Understanding Tragedy Through Art

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Fred Plotkin explores how art in its various forms can help provide clarity and meaning when the burden of great misfortunes and hardships becomes too difficult to bear.
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Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins 2016 Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 04, 2016

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Houston-based soprano Tamara Wilson, known for her portrayal of Verdi's heroines, is the recipient of the annual award with its $50,000 prize.
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With 'Yardbird,' Apollo and Opera Philadelphia Launch Partnership

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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The Apollo and Opera Philadelphia will follow their presentation of 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' with 'We Shall Not Be Moved' next year and a production to be presented in 2019. 
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