Jamie Barton to Replace Elina Garanca in Metropolitan Opera's 'Anna Bolena'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The company has said that the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will play Giovanna Seymour in its upcoming run of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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Beau, Beau, Beaumarchais from dell’Arte Opera

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at dell’Arte Opera's August repertory entirely drawn from the writings of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
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The Best 7 Classical Music Videos of Summer 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blogger Amanda Angel picks the seven most memorable classical music moments captured on video this summer.
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The Musician Portraits of John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin digs into a new Metropolitan Museum John Singer Sargent exhibit and discovers many of his portraits of notable musicians from the time.
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Classical Commute: Double Entendre

Sunday, August 16, 2015

All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: Double Entendre.
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Weekend Picks: Crossover Music for People Who Hate Crossover

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The debate over classical crossover music has been around almost since the term itself emerged sometime in the 1980s. Here are 3 releases that buck the connotations.
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Suspected Thief Said Nothing to Ex-Wife About Stradivarius

Friday, August 14, 2015

A suspected violin thief's wife had no idea that the case in her basement contained a famous Stradivarius that had been stolen in 1980.
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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado Talks New York Orchestras, Praetorius and Tweet Seats

Friday, August 14, 2015

The young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado has been on many critics' wish lists for a major orchestra post.
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Metropolitan Opera Promotes Mary Jo Heath to New Radio Host

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the U.S.
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John Scott, Organist Who Led Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, Dies at 59

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scott had returned from a European tour, reported not feeling well and was rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, where he died of a heart attack.
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Left-Handedness Leaves its Fingerprints All Over Classical Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In honor of Left Handers Day, host Jeff Spurgeon considers one violinist who had to switch hit out of necessity – and who thrived doing so.
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Watch: Opera Singer Performs During His Own Brain Surgery

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joined by a pianist in the operating room, tenor Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne delivers the first and last couplets of Schubert's "Gute Nacht" while undergoing surgery.
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Review: Ravishing 'Written on Skin' Delivers Creepy Violence But to What End?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin arrived with many international endorsements but Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns was not among the enraptured at Tuesday's opening.
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8 Female Classical Musicians Who Appear on Currency

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

As the U.S. government searches for a female figure to feature on the $10 bill, it's easy to look for inspiration from abroad.
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The Eternal Appeal of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Monday, August 10, 2015

"The Magic Flute" is a bread-and-butter opera that audiences seem glad to return to or buy tickets for if they have never heard it. Fred Plotkin considers its staying power.
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Watch: 5 Opera Gems from the AP's Huge New YouTube Archive

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last month, the Associated Press uploaded more than 550,000 video clips onto YouTube covering news events dating back to 1895. Here are 5 opera highlights.
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Tenor Fractures Spine After Stage Platform Collapses at Puccini Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2015

A stage platform collapsed near the end of a performance of Turandot on Friday night at the Puccini Festival in Italy, seriously injuring the tenor Marco Voleri.
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Seiji Ozawa Cancels Performances After Breaking Hip

Friday, August 07, 2015

The acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa has been forced to cancel his appearances this month after falling and fracturing his hip.
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Video: In Airport Lounge, Soccer Player Turns Conductor

Friday, August 07, 2015

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was performing at Glasgow Airport this week when a goalkeeper for the Celtic Football Club got a chance to pick up the baton.
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Across the U.S., Puccini's 'Tosca' Remains Insanely Popular

Friday, August 07, 2015

Among the two most ubiquitous works in upcoming opera seasons are Tosca and Die Zauberflöte. In the first of a two-part series, Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's popularity.
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