Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Monday, October 21, 2013

The high auction price of the "Titanic Violin" mirrors the price rises in the rare string instrument trade over the past decade. Here are the top ten.

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Titanic Violin Sells for Over $1.6M at Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

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Tangled Web: Internet-Based Opera to Open at Met

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed Two Boys that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

Friday, October 18, 2013

The 60-year-old Philharmonic faces an uncertain future: the website has been offline for months and its music director is no longer with the orchestra. Can Brooklyn be a home to classical music?

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'Titanic Violin' Expected to Fetch $300,000 at Auction

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The violin believed to have been played by the bandleader as the Titanic sank is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 when it goes up for auction this weekend in Wiltshire, England.

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When Opera Orchestras Take a Busman's Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Filarmonica della Scala began as the pit orchestra for Italy's La Scala opera house. As Fred Plotkin reports from Milan, the ensemble has a lively agenda apart from accompanying opera singers.

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Politicians a No-Show at Washington Opera; Kanye West at LA Opera

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.

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Video: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock Recreate 'Chopsticks' Scene from 'Big'

Monday, October 14, 2013

Twenty-five years after Tom Hanks played "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on that giant toy piano in the movie "Big," he delivered an encore on Monday night.

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Review: Britten and Shakespeare's Urban Forest in a 'Dream' Team at the Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Met's high-style production with a smartly-selected cast represents a near-ideal opportunity to come to terms with what the piece is and is not, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Gary Graffman Talks Woody Allen, Conductors and Vodka

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.

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Richard Bonynge and the Pursuit of Beautiful Sound

Friday, October 11, 2013

The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Gay Rights Protesters Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hundred years after Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring sparked a riot at its Paris premiere, another noisy outburst has greeted the iconic piece.

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Verdi as Icon for Contemporary Composers? You Bet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.

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Verdi's Aida and its Role in the Egyptian Revolution

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"It might distress Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian patriot and nationalist, that Egypt's history of European occupation is in partly the fault of his wonderful opera, Aida," writes Nimet Habachy.

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Verdi Flashmob: Choir Surprises Shoppers with 'Va, Pensiero'

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Verdi has inspired plenty of flash mob performances – in markets, public squares and department stores. In honor of Verdi's 200th birthday, here's one with particular charm.

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Orchestras Must Recruit More Black and Latino Musicians, Says Sphinx President

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Aaron Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren't doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks.

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The Sacred Verdi

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fred Plotkin considers some of Verdi's most compelling religious works and how a non-religious man could produce music that speaks so powerfully to very devout people.

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Placido Domingo Calls Otello His All-Time Favorite Verdi Role

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.

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Patrice Chéreau, Iconoclastic Opera Director, Dies at 68

Monday, October 07, 2013

Patrice Chéreau, the opera director and filmmaker whose 1976 staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle became arguably the most important opera production of modern times, has died.

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57th St. Reopens, Hours After Crane Malfunctioned Near Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 07, 2013

A malfunctioning crane that dangled a 13,000-pound load of construction material near Carnegie Hall has been lowered without incident and the street has reopened.

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