Shades of Black and White and Very Little Gray

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Merry Widow is about money and whether it can bring happiness and salvation, a theme that is all too relevant today, writes Fred Plotkin.
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'Mindfulness Opera' to Feature Yoga, Audience Participation

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Lost in Thought," by composer Rolf Hind, is said to be the world's first "mindfulness opera" and will allow audiences to do yoga, meditate and eat during the performance.
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Ward Swingle, Founder of the Swingle Singers, Dies at 87

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ward Swingle, the American musician who founded the Swingle Singers, known for scat singing their way through the preludes and fugues of J.S. Bach, has died.
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New Conductor of Alabama Symphony Asserts He Was Tortured in Venezuela

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 37-year-old Izcaray has built a wide-ranging conducting career but it comes after difficult experiences growing up in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Biopics Dominate Best Original Score Category

Friday, January 16, 2015

A couple of new nominees join two veteran of the Academy Award’s Best Original Score category that favored biopics this year.
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As Critics Weigh in, a Video Webcast from Philharmonie de Paris

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Watch the archive of the third gala opening concert from the Philharmonie de Paris, the new concert venue in Paris, and read a summary of reviews.
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Listening Back, Listening Forward

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometimes we hear a singer and immediately think of future roles for which they'd be suited. Then memory of past singers comes into play. Blogger Fred Plotkin explains.
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Protesters Greet Valery Gergiev on First Night of U.S. Tour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg kicked off a month-long, 12-city U.S. tour on Wednesday night at BAM—and was greeted by protesters chanting "out, out, out.”
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New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center To Co-Produce Modern Operas

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic said Wednesday they plan to co-produce three modern opera productions, starting this August and continuing in 2016 and 2017.
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Festival of North American Orchestras Planned for Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Armed with nearly a million dollars in seed funding, the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing arts have announced a new three-year festival of North American orchestras.
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Video Webcast: Opening Concert of the Philharmonie de Paris

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A concert venue opened Wednesday, the Philharmonie de Paris, with a dedication to those killed in last week's terrorist attacks. Watch the archived webcast.
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Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Obraztsova Dies at 75

Monday, January 12, 2015

The mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, a leading opera singer of Moscow's Bolshoi Opera for more than two decades, died Monday in Germany.
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Video: Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand Sing a Chanson for Charlie Hebdo

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The operatic soprano – and more recently, cabaret singer – joined the veteran film composer Michel Legrand as part of an evening-length tribute event.
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Requiem Aeterna

Friday, January 09, 2015

It is likely that Verdi was not religious and had a healthy skepticism for many institutions, including church and state, writes Fred Plotkin. But his Requiem makes a powerful impact.
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Listen: New York Philharmonic, London Musicians Pay Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

Friday, January 09, 2015

In New York, London, Paris and other world cities, classical music organizations have honored the victims of the terrorist attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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Violinist Sues Luthier for Snapping $80,000 Bow

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in Burbank, CA, claiming that the shop's owner snapped his bow, worth $80,000.
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An Opera Lover's Resolutions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Read a synopsis before attending an opera, arrive early and don't wear noisy bracelets on your arms. These are a few of Fred Plotkin's New Year's suggestions for operagoers.
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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Announces Engagement to Concertmaster

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A couple's office romance drew attention during their orchestra's 15-month labor dispute, which ended last year.
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Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Taking up Instrument

Friday, January 02, 2015

Stores dedicated to selling pianos are dwindling as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard or a used piano.
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