Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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Ivory Ticklers: Six Funny Classical Piano Comedy Routines

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although comedy and classical music might seem like an oxymoron, celebrated humorists have fused the two for decades. For this April 1st, here are six standouts.

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New York Philharmonic to Summer in Santa Barbara

Monday, March 31, 2014

The New York Philharmonic on Monday announced a four-year partnership with the Music Academy of the West, a summer festival and school for aspiring professional musicians in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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No Time for a Symphony? Try a Ringtone, Says Spektral Quartet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Spektral Quartet, from Chicago, has just commissioned 47 composers to write ringtones, alarms and text message alerts for cellphones.

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A Wintry Journey of Discontent

Friday, March 28, 2014

Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Could Bring $45M at Sale

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A rare 1719 Stradivarius viola is expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale.

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Throwback Thursday: Conchita Supervía (#tbt)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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This Thursday we're throwing it back to mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía. We'll play her music throughout the day on the Operavore Stream.

 

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Video Webcast: Diana Damrau at Le Poisson Rouge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WQXR

Metropolitan Opera regular Diana Damrau performs music from her new album "Forever" at Le Poisson Rouge. The performance can be streamed live on this page. 

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Widespread Surprise at San Diego Opera's Decision to Fold

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week’s news that San Diego Opera, the 10th largest opera company in the United States, plans to close its doors has generated a range of responses.

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Rameau Redux: Why the French Composer Deserves Our Attention

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago this September 12, composed more than 30 works for the stage. A few are coming to New York, and it's about time, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Flash Mob: Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' Takes Over Ukraine Market

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Watch what happens as the Odessa Philharmonic and Opera Chorus stage an "Ode to Joy” flash mob performance in the middle of the city's bustling bazaar.

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Gustavo Dudamel Withdraws from New York Philharmonic Concerts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel has withdrawn from this week's scheduled concerts with the New York Philharmonic, citing a severe flu.

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Video: One-Minute Opera on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The composer Michel van der Aa has created a one-minute opera for a Dutch television show about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

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La Scala's Incoming Boss Takes Aim at Booing Superfans

Friday, March 21, 2014

Being booed and heckled is part of the game for singers at La Scala. But Alexander Pereira, who becomes La Scala’s new director on October 1, wants to silence the “hissing hooligans."

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Minnesota Orchestra CEO Michael Henson to Step Down

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra said Thursday that its president and CEO Michael Henson will resign this fall, ending a seven-year tenure that saw both record fundraising and severe labor turmoil.

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San Diego Opera no Longer Operable, Votes to Close

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The board of the opera that has been a city cultural institution for 49 years voted overwhelmingly to shut down Wednesday.

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Throwback Thursday: Tito Gobbi (#tbt)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.

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What's the Sound of Springtime in Classical Music?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is there a place for season-specific programming in classical music? Must summer always mean pops and winter heartier fare? And what should signify spring? Tell us as we mark the first day of the Vernal Equinox.

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