'Sleeping' with Classical Musicians: Around the World in 69 Clicks

Monday, December 01, 2014

Hotels must meet a few requirements for blogger Fred Plotkin, including a clean room and a comfortable bed. He recently discovered one hotel with dozens of classical radio stations.
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Wolfgang Rihm Wins $100K Grawemeyer Award

Monday, December 01, 2014

A composition that celebrates a concert hall's "vineyard"-style seating design wins a major award.
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Barenboim Leaving La Scala after 9 Years

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The outgoing La Scala music director says he will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.
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Classical Holiday Concerts for Every Taste in 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

From medieval Christmas fare to tuba carolers and countless versions of Handel's Messiah, here are some concerts around New York to help you get in the holiday spirit.
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The Message of Jessye Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 21, soprano Jessye Norman was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th luncheon in the grand ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
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Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court gave the company a Dec. 18 deadline.
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Bayreuth Festival Opts for a Less Provocative Parsifal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Days after the Bayreuth Festival parted ways with the theatrical provocateur Jonathan Meese over his planned production of Parsifal, the festival announced a replacement.
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Arias at 34,000 feet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Flyers often take refuge in inflight entertainment to pass the time when sleeping proves impossible. But blogger Fred Plotkin finds the classical music offerings variable.
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Met Opera Ends Season with $22 Million Deficit

Friday, November 21, 2014

But the opera company said Thursday that steps including new labor contracts are expected to bring in enough savings to balance the budgets in 2015 and 2016.
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Smartphone App, Tweet Seats Add Interactivity to Philadelphia Concert Halls

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously.
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Marina Abramović to Perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Provocative performance artist Marina Abramović and the young pianist Igor Levit are to collaborate on a presentation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" in December 2015 at the Armory.
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The Spirit of Martin Waldron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the legacy of Martin Waldron, an only-in-New York character whose stately Brooklyn townhouse was a haven for opera stars and noble actors.
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Time for Three Bassist Denied Access to US Airways Flight

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A bassist who says that his instrument was barred from a US Airways flight has taken his grievances to YouTube.
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Chopin's Heart Exhumed in Secret, Like a Relic

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland.
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Utah Symphony Targets Ski Bums With Discount Program

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony and Opera on Monday announced a new ticketing promotion aimed at the many skiers who converge on Salt Lake City every winter.
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Special Webcast: The Death of Klinghoffer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tune in to the Operavore stream Thursday at 7 pm and Friday at 5 pm for a full webcast of "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman.  
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Michaela Martens, Who Plays Marilyn Klinghoffer, Spreads Her Musical Wings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you need to take anyone's word about the unorthodox performing challenges faced by the cast of the Metropolitan Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer, let it be Michaela Martens.
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Lincoln Center to Rename Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lincoln Center said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to rename Avery Fisher Hall after a large donor as it prepares for a $500 million-plus gut renovation.
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Steinway Leaving 57th Street Space for Times Square Area

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

After 90 years on West 57th St., Steinway & Sons is moving its showroom and offices to Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street.
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Putting a Lid on Over-the-Top Rossini Productions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rossini productions have suffered—especially the comedies—because the performance style, has become overemphatic, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's how to fix them.
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