Key London Symphony Musician Killed in Car Crash

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roderick Franks, a trumpeter who anchored the London Symphony Orchestra's brass section for the past 25 years, died on Sunday after a car accident.

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‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Video: This Is How They Did Summer Parks Concerts in 1961

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 1961 report on the Glyndebourne Festival in Sussex, England presents a rather dramatic contrast to the modern-day parks concert concept.

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Planet Opera: Japan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explores the world of Kabuki and modern Japanese operas.

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Eminent Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who became one of the most powerful, brilliant and enigmatic conductors of the late 20th century, died on Sunday in Castleton, Virginia. He was 84.

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Anna Netrebko is Engaged

Friday, July 11, 2014

The singers began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House.

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Review: Grand Production Fails to Animate The Passenger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera The Passenger is not the great, cathartic Holocaust opera that we've been waiting for, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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For Soprano Cecilia López, a Path to Opera Through Mariachi

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for an opera singer to start out by dabbling in rock music or show tunes. But for the young soprano Cecilia Violetta López, the entrée to singing was Mexican mariachi music.

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Violinist Vanessa Mae's Pre-Sochi Ski Results Rigged, Say Officials

Friday, July 11, 2014

Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music: A Guide for All Interests - Part Two

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin offers part two of his guide to opera in New York City, for listeners who are into great voices, rarities and edgy work.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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GOP Lawmakers Try to Ease New Curbs on Ivory Sales

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments and others.

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Seven Stunning Photos of Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A portfolio of photographs offers a unique perspective on the classical music scene as it's played out in different corners of the world.

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New York City Opera Creditor Seeks to Revive Company

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nine months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and canceled its season, the company's board says that it has received five proposals to restart the shuttered organization.

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What to Hear in Opera and Vocal Music in NYC: A Guide for All Interests

Monday, July 07, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the many categories of potential opera ticket buyers and suggests performances this coming season in New York that might pique their interest.

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Mahler's Love Life Comes into Focus in Discovered Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014

A recently discovered letter from Gustav Mahler’s close confidante and sometime lover Natalie Bauer-Lechner spills many new details on the composer’s complicated love life – and names names.

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Conductor Riccardo Chailly out of Summer Concerts with Broken Arm

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from his performances over the next two months after breaking his right arm in a fall.

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Los Angeles Promises New Subway Won't Disturb Disney Hall Concerts

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles appears to be on course to stemming a problem that is a familiar irritant to many New York concertgoers: subway noise.

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All-American African-American Divas

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The almost untranslatable Italian word estro means a sudden inspiration, touched with genius, to create something extraordinary where it was unimaginable before. Here's where it applies to musicians.

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Video: EU Parliament Members Turn Backs on Beethoven's Ninth in Protest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the ceremonial opening of the European Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's Euroskeptic, anti-immigration party staged an unusual protest as an orchestra played.

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