Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Projected titles, or surtitles, have been widely praised for making opera more accessible. But blogger Fred Plotkin questions whether they've improperly shifted the focus.
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Kennedy Center Announces Lineup for New American Orchestra Festival

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and The Knights have been selected to participate in the inaugural SHIFT Festival.
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Emanuel Ax Demoted to Mere 'Accompanist' in Prank Video

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The pianist Emanuel Ax – or "Yo-Yo Ma's accompanist" – is asked about awards he didn't win and the various "songs" that he performs.
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Polyphony Foundation Aims to Bridge Gaps Between Jewish and Arab Israelis

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A nonprofit aims to join Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through classical music training programs.
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Song Translations in Recitals: The Readers Weigh In

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should song recitalists stop providing printed translations? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the vehemence of opinions over his recent article on the issue.
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Hair Strands of Mozart and Beethoven Expected to Fetch $18,000 in Auction

Monday, May 25, 2015

The hair strand belonging to Mozart has sold in an auction at Sotheby's for $51,825; the small lock of Beethoven's hair has sold for $8,125.
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Cecilia Bartoli to Sing Maria in 'West Side Story'

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Italian opera star will sing the role of Maria in a new production of West Side Story at its 2016 edition.
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Weird: Richard Wagner Fans See His Face in a Mountain in Germany

Friday, May 22, 2015

Richard Wagner, who was born 202 years ago on Friday, is being celebrated in an unusual way in his native Germany.
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Valery Gergiev Remains Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Valery Gergiev leads a list of the top-paid cultural figures in Russia – out-earning nearly 800 leaders of theaters, museums, orchestras and circuses.
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Should Vocal Recitalists Stop Providing Printed Translations of Songs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
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After Cuba, Minnesota Orchestra Renews Contracts with Players, Vänskä

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra said Tuesday that it has renewed its contracts with both its music director and its musicians, two days after returning from a whirlwind trip to Cuba.
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The Weird and Unexpected Delights of Summer Music Festivals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ambitious festivals are their own destination, homes to category-defying works, provocations and musical rehabilitations, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer means concerts in the hills, near beaches and in air-conditioned halls. Consult our guide to 15 of the summer's classical music festivals around the region.
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Video: First Trailer for Steve Jobs Biopic Has an Orchestral Concept

Monday, May 18, 2015

"The musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra," says Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the first trailer for Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's film "Steve Jobs."
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Detroit Symphony to Webcast Mahler Rehearsal – For 15 Minutes

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Wednesday, Internet audiences can watch 15 minutes of Leonard Slatkin's morning rehearsal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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2015 Summer Preview: Opera and Song Picks

Friday, May 15, 2015

As the big opera houses conclude main seasons, smaller opera companies are rolling out their summer plans. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin offers a selection of highlights.
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Chicago Symphony Plans to Broadcast Concerts in China

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chicago’s WFMT-FM is reportedly on the verge of a deal to broadcast Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts in China, joining a group of three other major American orchestras.
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Q&A: Stephen Hough on Grieg, Piano Shopping and the Death of Record Stores

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stephen Hough talks about choosing Grieg pieces and the pianos on which to play them. Read more and get a free download.
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Musician's Tweet About Missing Violin in Amtrak Crash Sparks Backlash

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A violinist who was on board the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday night is facing a backlash for complaining on social media about her missing violin.
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Met Opera Ends Its Season Licking Its Wounds and Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Despite financial woes and the lingering effects of labor strife, there was a great deal to admire musically the past Met Opera season, writes Fred Plotkin.
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