Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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Throwback Thursday: Alexander Kipnis (#tbt)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. This week we throw it back to Russian bass Alexander Kipnis.

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NJ Choral Singer Collapses and Dies at Walt Disney Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A choral singer collapsed and died at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, the first death of a musician at the venue since its 2003 opening.

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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Neville Marriner, Prolific English Conductor, Active at 90

Monday, April 14, 2014

To commemorate the 90th birthday of English conductor Neville Marriner on Tuesday, there was no shortage of recordings for WQXR to choose from.

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John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.

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Injured Lorin Maazel Cancels More Concerts, With Wide Repercussions

Monday, April 14, 2014

An unnamed accident has caused Lorin Maazel to drop out of a series of high-profile concerts this spring, the latest being the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 10-day tour to Japan and China.

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Chicago Classical Station Hits Pledge Drive Record By Using Obscure Piano CD

Monday, April 14, 2014

WFMT hit a one-day record for a pledge drive by relying solely on the music of Vera Gornostaeva, an 84-year-old Russian pianist who spent the peak of her career shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Classical Music's Awards Season Heats Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.

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J&R Closes its Downtown Music and Electronics Store

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

J&R, the legendary Lower Manhattan music and electronics store, is shutting its doors after 43 years in business.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Study Casts New Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Monday, April 07, 2014

So you think you can tell a fine Stradivarius from a modern violin without reading the label? If not, you're in good company: Neither can several professional violin soloists.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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