Dining Democratically at the Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

How do restaurant offerings at opera houses stack up? Fred Plotkin has a taste, and says that "the goal should be to eat festively, comfortably and to prepare for a special night."
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Review: Handel's Semele Comes to BAM With Ming Dynasty Temple. And Sumo Wrestlers.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews this production by the Canadian Opera Company.
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Avery Fisher Hall to Be Renamed David Geffen Hall

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Entertainment mogul David Geffen will donate $100 million toward the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, transforming the 1962 building into David Geffen Hall.
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Artists to Curate New Performance Series at Kennedy Center

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Kennedy Center on Tuesday announced its 2015-16 season. One new series will feature a mix of classic and modern music, and cocktails allowed in the concert hall.
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Final Bows for Frank Music, Midtown Sheet Music Retailer

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The cause is all too familiar: a world transformed by the growth of online retail and the slow decline of brick-and-mortar music sales.
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Simon Rattle to Take Over at London Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The London Symphony Orchestra has named Simon Rattle as its next music director. But will London build a new concert hall at his request?
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Cats Prefer Species-Specific Music to Bach and Fauré, Study Finds

Monday, March 02, 2015

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that species-specific music triggers responses from cats. 
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Jonas Kaufmann Joins Carmen Sick List at Metropolitan Opera

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his Wednesday performance as Don José in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.
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Quiz: Classical Music in This Winter's Movies

Sunday, March 01, 2015

How much were you paying attention to classical music in this year's crop of award-nominated films? Test your knowledge in our post-Awards Season quiz.
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UN Says Limit Use of Personal Audio Players to One Hour a Day

Sunday, March 01, 2015

People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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Baritone Quinn Kelsey Wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quinn Kelsey, a baritone from Hawaii, has won the Beverly Sills Award, an annual $50,000 prize given by the Metropolitan Opera to young singers.
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The Wow Factor

Friday, February 27, 2015

There is a certain kind of “how did she do that?!” wow that voice cultists discuss when they hear sopranos hit a high F. Here are some other examples.
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Korean Opera Chief Resigns After 53 Days on The Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ye-jin Han, the director of the Korean National Opera, has stepped down after only 53 days on the job.
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New York Philharmonic Names Joshua Gersen Assistant Conductor

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Less than three weeks after the New York Philharmonic announced that Alan Gilbert will be leaving the orchestra, another podium-related announcement landed on Wednesday.
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Expansion of New York Philharmonic Archives Reveals Colorful Programs of Yore

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert programs during the first years of the New York Philharmonic often resembled freewheeling variety shows.
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Changes at Palm Beach Opera Bear Fruit

Monday, February 23, 2015

At a time in which there are so many stories of challenge for small opera companies, Palm Beach Opera appears to have successfully reinvented itself, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Alexandre Desplat Wins Oscar for Best Original Score with 'Budapest'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alexandre Desplat won his first Academy Award after eight nominations, taking home the Best Original Score trophy for “The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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Carnegie Hall's Weill Retires as Chairman, Succeeded by Perelman

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees announced it has elected investor Ronald Perelman as chairman to succeed Sanford Weill, who is retiring from the position after 24 years at the helm.
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New Season, New Hopes at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fred Plotkin reviews the 2015-16 season announcement from the Metropolitan Opera and finds a lot to like.
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Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
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