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Simon Rattle to Take Over at London Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The London Symphony Orchestra has named Simon Rattle as its next music director. But will London build a new concert hall at his request?
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Cats Prefer Species-Specific Music to Bach and Fauré, Study Finds

Monday, March 02, 2015

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that species-specific music triggers responses from cats. 
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Jonas Kaufmann Joins Carmen Sick List at Metropolitan Opera

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his Wednesday performance as Don José in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.
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Quiz: Classical Music in This Winter's Movies

Sunday, March 01, 2015

How much were you paying attention to classical music in this year's crop of award-nominated films? Test your knowledge in our post-Awards Season quiz.
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UN Says Limit Use of Personal Audio Players to One Hour a Day

Sunday, March 01, 2015

People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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Baritone Quinn Kelsey Wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quinn Kelsey, a baritone from Hawaii, has won the Beverly Sills Award, an annual $50,000 prize given by the Metropolitan Opera to young singers.
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The Wow Factor

Friday, February 27, 2015

There is a certain kind of “how did she do that?!” wow that voice cultists discuss when they hear sopranos hit a high F. Here are some other examples.
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Korean Opera Chief Resigns After 53 Days on The Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ye-jin Han, the director of the Korean National Opera, has stepped down after only 53 days on the job.
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New York Philharmonic Names Joshua Gersen Assistant Conductor

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Less than three weeks after the New York Philharmonic announced that Alan Gilbert will be leaving the orchestra, another podium-related announcement landed on Wednesday.
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Expansion of New York Philharmonic Archives Reveals Colorful Programs of Yore

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert programs during the first years of the New York Philharmonic often resembled freewheeling variety shows.
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Changes at Palm Beach Opera Bear Fruit

Monday, February 23, 2015

At a time in which there are so many stories of challenge for small opera companies, Palm Beach Opera appears to have successfully reinvented itself, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Alexandre Desplat Wins Oscar for Best Original Score with 'Budapest'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alexandre Desplat won his first Academy Award after eight nominations, taking home the Best Original Score trophy for “The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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Carnegie Hall's Weill Retires as Chairman, Succeeded by Perelman

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees announced it has elected investor Ronald Perelman as chairman to succeed Sanford Weill, who is retiring from the position after 24 years at the helm.
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New Season, New Hopes at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fred Plotkin reviews the 2015-16 season announcement from the Metropolitan Opera and finds a lot to like.
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Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
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With Charles Dutoit, Swiss Orchestra Returns After Long Absence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In an effort to evoke the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande's storied past—and generate some buzz for its future—the orchestra is on its first U.S. tour since 2003.
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Mozart's Multicultural Opera Opens in Paris

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mozart's "Orientalist" opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio" recently opened in Paris. As Fred Plotkin writes, it avoided an agit-prop juxtaposition of cultural clash.
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Minnesota Orchestra to Perform Beethoven in Cuba

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cuba will hear its first American orchestra since President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the countries.
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Musical Chairs: Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the Philharmonic?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert’s surprise announcement has brought an assortment of responses and a reckoning of the challenges the orchestra faces.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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