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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Denver Urges Colorado Symphony to Cancel Marijuana Concerts

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Denver city attorney's office issued letters Thursday warning the orchestra that the series could violate state laws against public consumption of marijuana.

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Director Peter Sellars and Rocker Chuck Berry Share Polar Music Prize

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The prize committee said Sellars has showed that classical music is not about dusty sheet music, but "a way of reflecting and depicting the world."

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Throwback Thursday: Kirsten Flagstad (#tbt)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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This week we throw it back to Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, called "The Voice of the Century" by many a critic.

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Eric Owens, In the Moment

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.

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A Rare American Oratorio to be Heard, Uninterrupted

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Cincinnati Symphony visits with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.

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Damascus Opera Suffers Under Mortar Strikes

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mortar attacks have become daily occurrence in the Syrian capital of some two million, often killing more people than this attack. But the strike last month against the opera house resonated much more loudly.

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Metropolitan Opera Contract Talks Begin, Con Forza

Monday, May 05, 2014

Contract talks between the Metropolitan Opera and the union representing the company's singers, dancers and stage managers got off to a markedly tempestuous start on Monday.

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Seattle Symphony to Mix Sea, Sand and a Pulitzer Winner at Carnegie Hall

Monday, May 05, 2014

John Luther Adams's Become Ocean will headline a concert Tuesday devoted to sea and sand that includes Debussy's La mer and an Edgard Varèse piece inspired by the New Mexico desert.
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WQXR Dabbled in Rock Music in 1969

Monday, May 05, 2014

It's 1969 on the new season of AMC's "Mad Men" and culture clashes are everywhere. Here's what was taking place at WQXR that year.

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Indianapolis Opera Faces Uncertainty After Longtime Director Quits

Friday, May 02, 2014

Another shoe dropped at the troubled Indianapolis Opera on Wednesday when the company's longtime artistic director resigned – by e-mail.

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Singers and Swingers: Opera and Golf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.

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Top 5 Audience Participatory Opera Experiences

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Standing room used to contain the cheapest seats, but more and more often it’s the only option for adventuresome opera fans around the world.

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Throwback Thursday: Jussi Björling (#tbt)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. Today, we throw it back to Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.

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Soprano Montserrat Caballé Charged with Tax Evasion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Montserrat Caballé, one of the world's best-known sopranos, has been charged with tax evasion for failing to declare 500,000 euros (about $700,000) of concert income.

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber 'Devastated' Over End of Career

Monday, April 28, 2014

"There were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition," said the cellist. "I have had an immensely fulfilling career."

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