Metropolitan Opera House Vandalized

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A vandal attacked the Metropolitan Opera early Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of spray-painted vulgarities inside the house and near the bandshell.

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Central Park's Bandshell Gets a (Modest) New Shine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The long-neglected Naumburg Bandshell has undergone a cosmetic cleaning, and the structure's gold leaf inscription, below the edge of the stage, has been given a fresh gilding.

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Enthusiastic Scientist Roughed Up, Ejected By Patrons During Handel Performance

Monday, June 23, 2014

A noted American scientist claims that he was beaten up by a pair of "audience vigilantes" for expressing too much enthusiasm during a performance last year of Handel's Messiah.

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Soprano Fired From Opera Australia Over Anti-Gay Slurs

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri has been released from her contract with Opera Australia after an anti-gay rant on her Facebook page provoked an angry backlash.

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Not Just Jungle: Opera in Brazil's Amazon Cup City

Friday, June 20, 2014

With Manaus playing host to four World Cup matches, the Belle Epoque gem is a must-see for the foreigners who flooded in for the tournament.

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Things Are Looking Up for Opera in Northern Italy

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Opera companies the world over face challenges nowadays and there are those in Italy (Florence, Genoa and elsewhere) that are troubled. But there is good news too," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Valery Gergiev is Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Friday, June 20, 2014

Valery Gergiev tops a new ranking of Russia's highest-paid directors of theaters, museums and circuses, published by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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Met Museum's Temple of Dendur Stars in New Staged Work

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Temple of Dendur is one of the most popular sites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a magnet for sketch artists and tourists snapping selfies. Now, it's inspiring a musical theater piece.

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Meryl Streep to Play Maria Callas in HBO Biopic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The actress Meryl Streep will star as the late, iconic soprano Maria Callas in a forthcoming biopic for HBO, to be directed by Mike Nichols.

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Review: Rameau's Pygmalion Waxes Operatic at Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rameau's one-act Pygmalion received a site-specific staging at Madame Tussauds Tuesday night. Operavore's David Patrick Stearns writes that the venue brought some challenges to the score.

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Metropolitan Opera Cancels Broadcasts of Klinghoffer After Protests

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has called off its broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams and Alice Goodman's landmark 1991 opera, over fears it could "fan global anti-Semitism."

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Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the pipe organ.

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Metropolitan Opera's Tax Filing Reveals Salary Details

Monday, June 16, 2014

The disclosures might be noncontroversial were it not for the fact that Met management began contract talks with musicians and stagehands last month aimed at cutting expenses.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers – Part Two

Monday, June 16, 2014

Following last week's survey of gifted male opera singers under the age of 40 comes this look at promising young divas.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fred Plotkin has selected 40 singers under 40 who he feels merit your attention and support. This article is about male singers; the next will introduce you to some future divas.

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Lorin Maazel, Citing Health, Resigns From Munich Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Following months of public speculation, Lorin Maazel has spoken out in part about his recent health problems and spate of cancellations.

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Five Most Notorious Performances of Strauss's 'Dance of the Seven Veils'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For Strauss's birthday, how about a little dance? We've collected the top five infamous renditions of the lurid routine from Salome.

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies at 80

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Spanish conductor whose repertoire consisted of nearly 300 works, died on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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From Obscure to Iconic: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and '2001'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Richard Strauss's place in popular culture comes down to one rumbling giant of a fanfare: the 22-bar opening of his Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss' Salome

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).

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