Bertolt Brecht: Opera's Voice of Reason

Monday, April 28, 2014

German playwright Bertolt Brecht asked his audience to react more with reason than emotion. But as Fred Plotkin writes, his writings made for some stirring operas.

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Arts Audiences are Increasingly Restless and Fickle, Study Finds

Monday, April 28, 2014

Arts organizations face increasingly fickle, choosy audiences, who are far less loyal and increasingly motivated by the social aspects of attending events, according to a new study of audience behavior.

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Atlanta Symphony Comes to NYC With Britten's Profound War Requiem

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Join us for a live broadcast of the ASO in Britten's War Requiem on Wednesday at 8 pm.

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Javier Camarena Gives Rare Encore at Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Camarena became only the third singer in 70 years to perform an aria encore on Friday night. Here's how it happened.

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Video: Could These Drones Replace a Live Orchestra?

Friday, April 25, 2014

A startup called KMel Robotics this week released a YouTube video of its programmed drones playing Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Osmo Vänskä Returns as Minnesota Orchestra Music Head

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conductor Osmo Vanska is returning after having resigned in October during a lockout of musicians that lasted 16 months.

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Tenor Ben Heppner Announces His Retirement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ben Heppner, one of the leading Wagnerian tenors of the modern era, says he is closing the curtain on his 35-year operatic career.

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BBC Proms Festival to Commemorate WWI Centenary

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The world's biggest music festival will mark the 100th anniversary this summer of the outbreak of the World War I.

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Throwback Thursday: Kathleen Ferrier (#tbt)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past. Today, it's English contralto Kathleen Ferrier, whose life and career was cut tragically short.

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Planet Opera: Opera in Chicago Avoids Troubles Seen Elsewhere

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Shakespeare and Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How well do you know your William? Are you brainy about the Bard?

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Mariss Jansons to Leave Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 71-year-old Jansons has led the Dutch orchestra since 2004. The orchestra and conductor stated that they are parting on excellent terms.

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Photos: Rafael Nadal Takes Court at Barcelona's Liceu Opera

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for an unusual promotional event.

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

Monday, April 21, 2014

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.

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5 Classical Music Gems from the Pathé Newsreel Archive

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Film archive company British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of historic films to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th century videos available to the public.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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Throwback Thursday: Alexander Kipnis (#tbt)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. This week we throw it back to Russian bass Alexander Kipnis.

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NJ Choral Singer Collapses and Dies at Walt Disney Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A choral singer collapsed and died at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, the first death of a musician at the venue since its 2003 opening.

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