Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WQXR

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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Metropolitan Opera Principal Clarinetist Headed to New York Philharmonic

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For the New York Philharmonic, it may be a case of third time's a charm.
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Video: Here's How to Make a Violin from Human Hair

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

To show that anyone can make music, the London-based artist Tadas Maksimovas has used his hip-length hair as the medium in a violin performance project.

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Giving Tough Advice to Aspiring or Established Opera Singers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"There are times, throughout the career of an opera singer, when they need to be told that they are not ready for a role, not right for a role, or should consider retiring a role," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians Threaten to Strike

Monday, May 12, 2014

The musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra voted Monday to authorize a strike should contract talks fail.

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Video: Anna Netrebko Stars in Austrian Airlines Commercial

Monday, May 12, 2014

Anna Netrebko appears in a new Austrian Airlines television commercial, signing autographs in a plane's first-class cabin.

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Protesters Disrupt London Symphony Concert in Trafalgar Square

Monday, May 12, 2014

Chanting "shame on you" and waving Ukrainian flags, protesters interrupted a concert on Sunday by the London Symphony Orchestra, denouncing its chief conductor, Valery Gergiev.

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Five Things Every Smart Concertgoer Should Do in May

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tip No. 1: Buy your tickets – and reserve hotel rooms – for summer destination festivals.

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