Met to Stage Terrorist Hijacking Opera in 2014-15 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the most controversial operas of recent decades will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera this fall.

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Stifle that Cough! Say Carnegie Hall Patrons

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

During Tuesday night's Carnegie Hall Live broadcast, we confronted several patrons in the hall's lobby to ask: What do you do when you have to cough at a concert?

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Long-Haul Conductor Daniele Gatti Cancels with Injury

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.

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Concert to Recreate Rhapsody in Blue Premiere on its 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.

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Plácido Domingo Joins Cast of City Opera Reunion Concert

Monday, February 10, 2014

The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded.

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Review: Billy Budd at BAM is Electrifying

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Billy Budd has docked in Brooklyn. David Patrick Stearns writes that it explores the opera's layers with a thoroughness and balance not often found anywhere.

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Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Review: Met Tries Conceptual Approach in Rich, Confounding Prince Igor

Friday, February 07, 2014

The results of the Met's revival of Borodin's Prince Igor were visually imaginative and musically gratifying but essential narrative elements simply weren’t there, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Stolen Stradivarius Recovered from Milwaukee Attic

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.

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Opinion: Tosca, Seen Through Different Eyes

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This season, blogger Fred Plotkin went to three performances of the Met's production of Tosca, each with a different soprano in the lead role. It stimulated new insights on this controversial production.

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Watch: Daniil Trifonov Plays Debussy and Original Piece

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The 22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau and an original piece in The Greene Space.

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Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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Riccardo Muti to Lead Chicago Symphony Through 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Maestro Riccardo Muti has extended his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020.

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Memphis Symphony Prepares to 'Wind Down' Operations

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fifty-four years after its founding, the Memphis Symphony has declared that it will “wind down” its operation at the end of the season, after years of sluggish box-office sales and a drop in giving.

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Classical Music in 2014 Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 02, 2014

In keeping with an annual tradition, here are the 2014 Super Bowl commercials that featured classical music.

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Renée Fleming Gives the Super Bowl an Operatic Opening

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clad in a black Vera Wang dress with a flowing white sash – ensuring no wardrobe malfunctions – Fleming was accompanied an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Black Classical Music History

Saturday, February 01, 2014

WQXR will present a number of special programs and features throughout Black History Month. Test your knowledge of black classical music history in our quiz.

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Renée Fleming Says She Won't Lip-Sync National Anthem

Friday, January 31, 2014

Renée Fleming said in an interview she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn't know how to lip-sync if you paid me."

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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