Renée Fleming Says She Won't Lip-Sync National Anthem

Friday, January 31, 2014

Renée Fleming said in an interview she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn't know how to lip-sync if you paid me."

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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Franco Corelli, Tutto Tenore

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On January 29, two days after a moving ceremony in memory of Claudio Abbado, Teatro alla Scala in Milan honors another artist, Franco Corelli. Fred Plotkin gives an appraisal of the late tenor.

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Top Five Similarities Between Opera and Football

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As the NFL takes over the tri-state area in anticipation of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, the grandiosity of this annual event seemed could be called operatic.

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Video: La Scala Orchestra Plays to Empty Theater in Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Monday, January 27, 2014

A week after the death of Claudio Abbado, tributes continue from various corners of the classical music world.

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Video: IKEA Shoppers Surprised by Beethoven Flash Mob

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aisles of ready-to-assemble furniture, members of the Detroit Symphony and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy": Care to guess what happens next?

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Classical Grammy Awards to Minnesota Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Adès

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.

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Classical Music’s Demise? Slate Column Stirs up Anger on Internet

Friday, January 24, 2014

An article with a particularly tough assessment of the state of classical music has stirred up a hornet's nest on the Internet.

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Christa Ludwig, Superstar

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New York Philharmonic to Stage Honegger Oratorio with Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has said that it will present Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring the Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard at Avery Fisher Hall.

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Renée Fleming to Sing National Anthem at 2014 Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl will have a touch of the operatic this year: Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem.

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Gustavo Dudamel Dedicates Berlioz Requiem to Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel will dedicate the Wednesday night performance of the Berlioz Requiem in Paris to the memory of Claudio Abbado. Watch the live webcast here.

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Remembering Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection. 

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae to Ski at Sochi Olympics

Monday, January 20, 2014

The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

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Claudio Abbado, Italian Conductor Who Bred Talent, Dies at 80

Monday, January 20, 2014

Claudio Abbado, who led many of the world's top orchestras while serving as a mentor to countless young musicians, died on Monday. Tonight at 9 pm: hear Abbado's Final Lucerne Program, recorded last August.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Mulls Return Trip to Iran

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last American orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return concert tour this fall.

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Rookies and Vets Among Best Original Score Oscar Nominees

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.

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Marilyn Horne: The Lioness in Winter

Thursday, January 16, 2014

After a glorious career of singing operas and songs in all styles and from four centuries, Marilyn Horne set up a foundation to keep song recitals alive. Fred Plotkin shares his admiration for Horne at 80.

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New York City Opera Musicians to Reunite for Anniversary Concert

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Three months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors, the company's musicians on Wednesday announced a concert they will produce and play at City Center.

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