Learning Italian at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at how you can study Italian by attending the opera. There are no fewer than 19 such opportunities at the Met this season.
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Conductor Suffers Podium Injury, Minutes Before Bruckner Concert

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The conductor Dennis Russell Davies suffered a serious knee injury 30 minutes before a concert on Sunday night, forcing a last-minute substitution.
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Trailblazing Singer Roland Hayes Turned Struggles into Triumphs

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The accomplishments of Roland Hayes, the first world-renowned African-American classical singer, have been overshadowed. But that may start to change.
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11 Yo-Yo Ma Collaborations You Must See

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

As he turns 60 on Wednesday, here are 11 standout videos of Yo-Yo Ma at work and play.
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Magical Thinking Stalks New York's Opera World

Monday, October 05, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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James Levine Withdraws from 'Lulu,' Citing Schedule Demands

Friday, October 02, 2015

Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine said Friday that he is withdrawing from the company's upcoming production of Berg's Lulu.
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In Praise of Healthy Voices

Friday, October 02, 2015

Healthy voices are a boon to opera fans, writes Fred Plotkin. He cites three star sopranos who are singing roles that Met audiences have not heard them in.
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Signum Quartet Wants Your 'Quartweets': Bite-Sized Pieces of 140 Notes or Less

Friday, October 02, 2015

The members of the Signum Quartet are tweeting with their instruments.
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Gotham Chamber Opera Announces It Is Shutting Down

Thursday, October 01, 2015

After 15 years of often highly acclaimed performances, the Gotham Chamber Opera has heard its last bravos.
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7 Car-Crazy Classical Compositions

Thursday, October 01, 2015

George Gershwin famously included Parisian taxi horns in his An American in Paris; here are seven other classical music works about cars.
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Gustavo Dudamel and Critics Wrestle Over Venezuelan Politics

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The conductor Gustavo Dudamel has forcefully pushed back against critics of his silence on Venezuelan politics, stating that he wishes to avoid harming El Sistema.
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New Venue National Sawdust Mixes Futuristic Design, Williamsburg Grit

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In advance of its opening on Thursday, WQXR and WNYC get a preview of National Sawdust, a new, $16 million music venue in Brooklyn.
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Binghamton Philharmonic, Musicians Reach Deal to Keep Doors Open

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two weeks after canceling its season-opening concert amid a labor dispute, the Binghamton Philharmonic and its musicians on Tuesday signed a two-year labor contract.
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No Room For Rare Violin on Plane, Rachel Barton Pine Sleeps in Airport Lounge

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A dispute over a precious violin on a US Airways flight on Sunday ended with a musician and her family spending the night on the floor of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona.
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Ailing Baritone Showered with Roses at Metropolitan Opera Return

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amid emotional scenes, audience and musicians at the Metropolitan Opera House welcomed back Dmitri Hvorostovsky as he takes a pause from treatment for a brain tumor.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen on How Composers Evoke a Sense of Place

Monday, September 28, 2015

A change of scenery can do a lot for a composer's musical perspective, Esa-Pekka Salonen tells Operavore's Fred Plotkin.
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Video: Sara Davis Buechner Unveils Piano Version of 'Meet the Mets'

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The pianist has released a video of her performance of an original arrangement of "Meet the Mets," just in time for the NL East Championship win.
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Q&A: Sondra Radvanovsky on Tackling Opera's Triple Crown

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This season, Radvanovsky is expected to become the first singer in Met history to sing all three of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor queens.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen: New York Conducting Post Isn't on My Radar Yet

Friday, September 25, 2015

Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen spoke with Esa-Pekka Salonen if he's interested in taking on a music directorship at the New York Philharmonic.
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New York Philharmonic Receives Record $25 Million Donation

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The New York Philharmonic opened its new season Thursday by announcing a record donation. The chairman of the orchestra's board and his wife are giving $25 million.
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