Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Video: Barred from Flight, Violinists Play Bach on Tarmac

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two classical violinists said they were barred from boarding a US Airways flight on Monday because they refused to stow their violins in the hold at the request of gate staff. So they did what seemed only logical.

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Just Call it 'Eau de Lang Lang'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Want to smell like Lang Lang? Try jasmine, kyara wood, pink and black pepper, kumquat, bergamotte, gardenia, lavender, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk.

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Danielle de Niese's Road Trip Playlist

Monday, May 26, 2014

As the summer driving season gets underway, we're asking on-the-go classical musicians for their road trip playlists. The latest installment comes from the American soprano Danielle de Niese.

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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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Philadelphia Orchestra to Video Stream Concert From China

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra, looking to add some sizzle to third annual tour of China, will video stream its concert on Sunday from Shanghai.

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Mozart Manuscript Auctions for $1 Million

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It appears that a remarkable backstory may have helped to drive up the auction price of a five-page Mozart manuscript.

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Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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With Wagner's 201st birthday on Thursday, he continues to delight and divide audiences. Tune in to WQXR and the Operavore stream to hear selections from the Wagner canon.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer festival season is finally upon us. Consult our lawn-by-lawn guide to the tristate region's top offerings.

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First Lady: Arts Education Good for Good Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

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The State of the Art at the Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin rates the Met's recent new productions. The good: Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Parsifal. Not so good: "Concept" productions.

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Video: Pianists Bring Interpretive Dance to Rite of Spring

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The pianists Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano have teamed up for an edgy music video featuring an arrangement of The Rite of Spring. The video is a departure for Ott.

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San Diego Opera Will Not Close, Announces 2015 Season

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two months after the San Diego Opera announced it would shut down at the end of 2014, the company's board voted on Friday to put on a 50th anniversary season.

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Mozart Manuscript that Evaded the Nazis Up for Sale on Tuesday

Sunday, May 18, 2014

An incomplete Kyrie by Mozart has resurfaced and will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, where it is expected to fetch from $500,000 to $800,000.

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Opera News Names New Publisher with Colorful Résumé

Friday, May 16, 2014

Opera News magazine has hired a new publisher whose résumé includes work as the publisher of Penthouse and Playboy adult men's magazines.

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As Labor Talks Begin, Considering the Met's Essential Role

Friday, May 16, 2014

"What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?" is a question blogger Fred Plotkin is asked with troubling frequency. He considers why it has come to this point.

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La Scala to Oust General Director after First Season

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The board of La Scala voted Thursday to oust its incoming general director at the end of his first season in the latest behind-the-scenes melodrama to roil the fabled opera house.

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Jessye Norman: A Soprano Who Does it Her Way

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jessye Norman has thrilled millions in the opera house and on the recital stage. She's also coped with racism and kept audiences guessing with unusual career turns. She shares highlights from her wide-ranging career.

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Top Five Drug-Inspired Classical Pieces

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Colorado Symphony's cannabis concerts raised several issues, among them, the fact that drugs have played a significant role in the creation of some classical compositions. Here are the top five.

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Aural Argument? Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ma entertained Wednesday at the court's annual spring musical concert in an ornate conference room beneath portraits of Chief Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist.

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