A Rare American Oratorio to be Heard, Uninterrupted

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Cincinnati Symphony visits with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.

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Damascus Opera Suffers Under Mortar Strikes

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mortar attacks have become daily occurrence in the Syrian capital of some two million, often killing more people than this attack. But the strike last month against the opera house resonated much more loudly.

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Metropolitan Opera Contract Talks Begin, Con Forza

Monday, May 05, 2014

Contract talks between the Metropolitan Opera and the union representing the company's singers, dancers and stage managers got off to a markedly tempestuous start on Monday.

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Seattle Symphony to Mix Sea, Sand and a Pulitzer Winner at Carnegie Hall

Monday, May 05, 2014

John Luther Adams's Become Ocean will headline a concert Tuesday devoted to sea and sand that includes Debussy's La mer and an Edgard Varèse piece inspired by the New Mexico desert.
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WQXR Dabbled in Rock Music in 1969

Monday, May 05, 2014

It's 1969 on the new season of AMC's "Mad Men" and culture clashes are everywhere. Here's what was taking place at WQXR that year.

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Indianapolis Opera Faces Uncertainty After Longtime Director Quits

Friday, May 02, 2014

Another shoe dropped at the troubled Indianapolis Opera on Wednesday when the company's longtime artistic director resigned – by e-mail.

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Singers and Swingers: Opera and Golf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.

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Top 5 Audience Participatory Opera Experiences

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Standing room used to contain the cheapest seats, but more and more often it’s the only option for adventuresome opera fans around the world.

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Throwback Thursday: Jussi Björling (#tbt)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. Today, we throw it back to Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.

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Soprano Montserrat Caballé Charged with Tax Evasion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Montserrat Caballé, one of the world's best-known sopranos, has been charged with tax evasion for failing to declare 500,000 euros (about $700,000) of concert income.

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber 'Devastated' Over End of Career

Monday, April 28, 2014

"There were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition," said the cellist. "I have had an immensely fulfilling career."

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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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