A Makeover For 'Aïda?' Revisiting a Met Repertory Staple

Friday, April 17, 2015

When should an opera production be retired and when should it be revisited and improved? Fred Plotkin gives Verdi's "Aida" a checkup.
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Renée Fleming Sends Up Opera World in 'Living on Love'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming—who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even a Super Bowl — is opening next week on the Broadway. She spoke with Elliott Forrest backstage.
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Review: Met Opera's New 'Cav/Pag' Features Double Dose of Love and Death

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Industry: Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.
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Philip Glass Wins $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The composer Philip Glass has been named eleventh recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, a lifetime achievement award given out every two to three years.
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Strange Violin of the Future to Debut in New York This Week

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Piezoelectric Violin, a prototype instrument built using a 3D printer, appears this week in New York. Have a look.
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Review: Graceful 'An American in Paris' Has Pizazz and Heart

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The exuberant new musical is helmed with panache by top director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, writes the Associated Press.
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Sneak Peak Video: George Gagnidze Sings Prologue to 'Pagliacci'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A new double bill production of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" is set to open at the Met this Tuesday. Watch the prologue of "Pagliacci," recorded in The Greene Space.
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Video Game Scores Rank Beside Mozart and Beethoven in Classic FM Survey

Friday, April 10, 2015

In British classical radio station Classic FM's new Top 300 chart, nine spots went to video game soundtracks. Should video game scores have a place in the classical music genre?
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at the Opera

Friday, April 10, 2015

There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at the Met.
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Where to Find Young Orchestra Audiences? Try a 'Lord of the Rings' Concert

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"For all the talk of the graying classical audience, this enthusiastic crowd was as diverse in age and ethnicity as I've seen in a long time," writes host Elliott Forrest.
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BAM Turns to Orchestra World for Next President

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The arts center on Thursday said that Katy Clark, the executive director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will become its next president, effective June 30.
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New York Philharmonic Names Frank Huang Concertmaster

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday named Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony Orchestra as its next concertmaster, replacing Glenn Dicterow.
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Andrew Porter’s Top 5 Contributions to Classical Music

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On April 3, Andrew Porter, the former classical music critic for the New Yorker, died at the age of 86. Porter’s accomplishments went far beyond the publication.
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'Between Worlds' Opera: A British Eulogy on 9/11 Attacks

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

British composer Tansy Davies memorializes the Sept. 11 attacks in her first Opera, Between Worlds. Is the world ready for a 9/11 opera?
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Desert Island Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Monday, April 06, 2015

"If it is to the desert island that I must sail (and Wagner's 'Ring' has been disqualified), I would take Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' with me," writes Fred Plotkin.
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Orchestra Drops Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Over 'Deeply Offensive' Tweets

Monday, April 06, 2015

The ensemble has cited concerns over her "provocative" commentary supporting the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
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With Placido Domingo Ill, Luca Salsi Sings Met Doubleheader

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Salsi had a quick phone chat with Met music director James Levine, got in costume and went on stage in time for Don Carlo's first-act entrance.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Appeals for Help with Legal Fees After Arrest

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Leipzig Quartet on Thursday launched an online fundraising campaign to assist their violinist who was arrested last week in Manhattan.
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Boston Symphony Signs with Major Label for Shostakovich Cycle

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has signed an unusual, five-year recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
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