National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

Monday, August 15, 2016

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The Williamsburg-based organization will launch a new publication and present musical theater, in addition to offerings of opera and music, in its sophomore season.
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1,000 Voices Unite for Premiere of 'The Public Domain'

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Despite a heat advisory for New York City, 1,000 singers braved the steamy weather to make their Lincoln Center debuts on Saturday in David Lang's 'the public domain.'
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Singular Voices: Barbra Streisand

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Fred Plotkin begins a series honoring unique voices from opera and the stage. First up: Barbra Streisand, who is making a pair of rare appearances at the Barclays Center.
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6 US Political Campaigns Set to Classical Music

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

With the 2016 election months away, we've noticed classical music and musicians factoring into the campaigns. It's not the first time that it's happened.
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'Game of Thrones' Tour Brings Live Music to Fans

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

While waiting for the popular television show's seventh season launch, 'Game of Thrones' composer Ramin Djawadi is touring with a live orchestra and chorus.
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Everything Sounds Better in Yiddish

Monday, August 08, 2016

A new production at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene leads Fred Plotkin to ruminate on the roots of Yiddish theater in New York City and its connections to opera.
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9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

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From pieces written exclusively for the games to others that have become identified with them, here are nine works whose history is tied to the Olympics.
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A Recipe for Success on the Opera Stage

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Julia Child once said that the key to successful cooking is buying the right ingredients; likewise in opera, the key to a great performance starts with a great cast.
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From Punk to Purcell: Vivienne Westwood Outfits Monteverdi Choir

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dame Vivienne Westwood, who once dressed the Sex Pistols and forged a punk aesthetic, has created a new design for the English Baroque ensemble. 
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6 Brazilian Artists and Ensembles We'd Like to See in Rio

Monday, August 01, 2016

From the São Paulo Symphony to pianist Nelson Freire, here are the Brazilian artists we hope will get cameos during Friday's opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Before HD, the Met Tour Brought Opera to the US and World

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Thirty years after the Metropolitan Opera staged its last national tour, Fred Plotkin looks back at its influence on opera around the country and the world.
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Einojuhani Rautavaara, Prolific Finnish Composer, Dies at 87

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rautavaara, an acclaimed composer who influenced a generation of Finnish composers, has died.
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What We Learned from the First New York Opera Fest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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From the Bronx to basketball courts in Brooklyn, the inaugural New York Opera Fest presented more than 25 productions, providing a survey of the state of opera in the city.
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Review: 'The Illuminated Heart' Opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Netia Jones's 'The Illuminated Heart,' a 90-minute program of semi-staged Mozart arias kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival with operatic star power. 
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We Love Carol Vaness

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Carol Vaness, whose birthday is this week, was 'an always exciting and engaging artist whose work was not appreciated as fully as I think it should have been,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Review: Long Dormant, Mascagni's 'Iris' Opens at Bard

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Bard SummerScape stages the first North American revival of Mascagni's symbolist opera, 'Iris,' in almost a century. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the production.
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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Movie Musicals, Dies at 86

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Marni Nixon, the singing voice behind Natalie Wood's Maria in 'West Side Story', Audrey Hepburn's Eliza in 'My Fair Lady' and Deborah Kerr's Anna in 'The King and I', died Sunday.
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6 Chilling Works to Combat the Summer Heat

Friday, July 22, 2016

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With sweltering temperatures rising higher and a 'heat dome' on its way, here are six classical works to provide a necessary and refreshing cool breeze to these hot and humid days.
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Notes on a Week of High Drama in London

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Fred Plotkin experiences theater on both London's cultural and political stages during his latest visit in which he saw the opera, a Shakespearean drama and a change of prime ministers.
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How to Make Music Out of 57 Individual Themes

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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The creator of 'Classical Music Mashup,' a YouTube video that combines more than 50 themes by 33 composers, explains how he fused them into a single coherent and utterly delightful work.
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