Review: Met's WWII-Era 'Manon Lescaut' Offers Mixed Bag

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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Roberto Alagna, replacing Jonas Kaufmann, joins Kristine Opolais in an uneven production of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Mahler Grooves in New Music App

Friday, February 12, 2016

A new app allows listeners to step inside Mahler's Sixth, through archival images and recordings.
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The Vienna State Opera: Mission Possible

Friday, February 12, 2016

How does the Vienna State Opera manage fifty operas and ten ballets a year at a third of the budget of the Met? Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts.
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Saint Thomas Church Appoints New Music Director

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Daniel Hyde of Magdalen College, Oxford, will be the next music director of Saint Thomas Church.
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Seven Outrageous Demands that Shaped Wagner’s Ring

Monday, February 08, 2016

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A new show looks at the making of Wagner's Ring, including the composer's audacious asks that made it possible.
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Dudamel and Classical Music Score at Super Bowl 50

Monday, February 08, 2016

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Super Bowl 50 may not have been an instant classic, but the broadcast had several moments to please classical music fans.
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Waltzing Through Ball Season in Vienna

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin attends the Opera Ball held in Vienna this year and describes how checking off this "bucket list" item was a dream come true.
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Classical Music on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

One point of agreement among some of the 2016 candidates running for president is a love of classical music.
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New York Philharmonic Announces 2016-17 Season, Gilbert's Last

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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The New York Philharmonic released the details for its 2016-17 season, honoring Alan Gilbert's final year as music director.
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9 Shadows Looming in Opera and Classical Music

Monday, February 01, 2016

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Punxsutawney Phil isn't alone in casting a shadow of significance, here are nine additional umbral examples from opera and classical music in honor of Groundhog Day.
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Finding Peace in Salzburg

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ten years after his first report from Mozart Woche, Fred Plotkin explains what has and hasn't changed in the city at what can be described as a Mozart bonanza fest.
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The Enigmas of Turandot

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains the many layers of enigmas within Turandot, including those in the plot and those in the characters.
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New York Philharmonic Names Jaap van Zweden as Its New Music Director

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

After nearly a year of speculation, the New York Philharmonic announced that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Jaap van Zweden will become its next music director.
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Carnegie Hall Announces 2016-17 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carnegie Hall released its 2016-17 season Tuesday, celebrating Venice, Bruckner and Steve Reich, amid a continuation of its ambitious commissions projects.
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LA Opera Highlights Living Composers in 2016-2017 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
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'Mozart in the Jungle' Season 2, Episodes 9 and 10 Recap

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Read our episode recaps for the final episodes of "Mozart In The Jungle," Amazon’s web series about the classical music world in New York City.
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15 Masters Who Have Been Compared to Mozart

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In honor of Mozart's birthday on Jan. 27, here are 15 people whose excellence and productivity have resulted in their being mentioned in the same breath as the great composer.
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New Cellist For Indie-Classical Ensemble Brooklyn Rider

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Indie-classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider announced that it's co-founder Eric Jacobsen will leave to pursue conducting, opening the position for newcomer Michael Nicolas. 
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Plácido Domingo: An Appreciation of a Man of Many Parts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin pays tribute to Plácido Domingo who at present has performed 145 different operatic parts in over 3700 performances.
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Plácido Domingo Celebrates 75, Recalls Switching From Tenor to Baritone

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Domingo turns 75 and WQXR's morning host Jeff Spurgeon recalls talking to him about becoming a Baritone for Verdi's Othello.
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