3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. Spurgeon breaks down Der Rosenkavalier in a New York minute (or three).

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss' Salome

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).

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In The Tender Land, Copland Confronted Cold War Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

Aaron Copland's folk opera The Tender Land is a quintessential story of the American heartland. It's also laced with jabs at the McCarthy era, which made initial audiences gasp.

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Video: Seattle Symphony Gets Wild with Sir Mix-a-Lot

Monday, June 09, 2014

One month ago, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was heard on WQXR performing a Pulitzer Prize winning piece at Carnegie Hall. On Friday night, this happened.

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Richard Strauss's 10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rule No. 2: "You should not perspire when conducting. Only the audience should get warm." No. 4: "Never look encouragingly at the brass."

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In Praise of Old Queens

Friday, June 06, 2014

66-year-old Italian soprano Mariella Devia made a rare return to New York Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports on the scene.

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Review: Opera's Latest 'Love Couple' Fails to Heat Up Duets Album

Friday, June 06, 2014

Opera promoters can't seem to get enough of "Love Couples." But Operavore writer David Shengold isn't entirely convinced by the latest effort to push a soprano/tenor pair.

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Strauss Week on Operavore

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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From June 9-13, WQXR is celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Richard Strauss's birth by playing two of his operas a day on the Operavore stream.

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Ailing, Retires from Conducting

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"With deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come," the Spanish conductor said.

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The Bottom Line on Costs at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin gives his take on how the Met can "stimulate ticket sales, rein in expenditures, build its endowment and get back on track."

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How Beethoven Rallied Students During the Tiananmen Square Uprising

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony could offer a musical analog to the image of the lone protester confronting the tank in the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China.

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JFK Airport Customs Officials Seize Budapest Orchestra's Violin Bows

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Budapest Festival Orchestra says that U.S. Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows from the orchestra's string section on Saturday. Here's why.

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What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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10 Musical Gems from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Massive Image Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been digitizing its vast archives, and this month released for download the first installment on its website.

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How Opera-Going at the Metropolitan Opera Has Changed

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Somewhere along the way, the Metropolitan Opera House went from being a temple of art to becoming a facility," writes Fred Plotkin, in the third of a four-part post-season series on the Met.

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New York Philharmonic Assistant to Jacksonville Symphony

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Courtney Lewis, once described Lewis as "charming, handsome and so properly British," has been named music director of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida.

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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' Gets an Operatic Take

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the music and literary worlds remember the life and career of Maya Angelou, another eminent American author and poet is drawing attention in New York this week.

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Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Video: Barred from Flight, Violinists Play Bach on Tarmac

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two classical violinists said they were barred from boarding a US Airways flight on Monday because they refused to stow their violins in the hold at the request of gate staff. So they did what seemed only logical.

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Just Call it 'Eau de Lang Lang'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Want to smell like Lang Lang? Try jasmine, kyara wood, pink and black pepper, kumquat, bergamotte, gardenia, lavender, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk.

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