Leonardo da Vinci's Unsung Forays into Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

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Video: Verdi Flashmob Surprises Airplane Passengers

Monday, June 30, 2014

What's perhaps most impressive is that Alfredo and Violetta's "Brindisi" unfolds in a small regional jet.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on the numerous musical contributions of gay and lesbian composers throughout history.

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Top Five Interpreters of Gertrude Stein

Friday, June 27, 2014

Opera Theater of St. Louis premiered Ricky Ian Gordon's opera about Gertrude Stein. Gordon is only the latest composer to find a muse in Stein’s words and world; here are five others.

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Sense and Sustainability in the Opera House

Friday, June 27, 2014

"The questions of sustainability, which is the central organizing concept of the way we must live now if we are to survive, should be examined in the context of the opera houses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Julius Rudel, New York City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor Julius Rudel, who ran New York City Opera during its golden age, from 1957 to 1979, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 93.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Fails to Find Buyer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cue the inevitable viola jokes. The rare 1719 Stradivarius viola that was expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale failed to attract a buyer on Tuesday.

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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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