March Madness: The Maddest Scenes in Opera

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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It’s the March Madness Matinee. This week March Madness comes to Operavore with a full length opera every day at 2 pm on the Operavore Stream.

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Rare Gem: Wagner Sung in an Irish Brogue

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The music of Richard Wagner has been sung in several different languages including French, Italian and English. It's also been sung with a thick Irish brogue, courtesy of tenor John McCormack.

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Throwback Thursday: Rosa Ponselle (#tbt)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WQXR

Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Rosa Ponselle.

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Maestros I Would Like to See (and Hear) at the Met

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claudio Abbado’s passing set Fred Plotkin to thinking about conductors whom he would love to hear leading performances at the Met. Here are a dozen standouts.

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Collapsed East Harlem Building Owned by Piano Shop Proprietor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of two East Harlem buildings that collapsed Wednesday morning after an apparent explosion was owned by the proprietor of Absolute Piano, a neighborhood shop.

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'Mozart in the Jungle': Amazon Studios Picks Up Classical Music Tell-All

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle, oboist Blair Tindall's tell-all memoir of life as a freelance musician in New York City, will be made into a 10-episode series for Amazon Studios, Variety reported on Tuesday.

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Study: Audiences Identify Top Orchestras by Appearance More Than Sound

Monday, March 10, 2014

When it comes to judging a performance, audiences are just as likely to focus on an orchestra’s stage presence as its musical prowess, according to a newly-published study.

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Man Lauded as Japan Beethoven Sorry for Fake Work

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed that his famed compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

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Revolutionary Opera Director Gerard Mortier Dies

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

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On Short Notice, Matthias Goerne Sings 2nd Wozzeck in Week

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Matthias Goerne got to sing the title role of Berg's "Wozzeck" twice as many times as he bargained for during his trip to New York.

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What Does It Mean To Be Heroic?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

WQXR

#tbt is a weekly opportunity to remember musical deities from the past who ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we'll feature a #tbt artist twice an hour until 4 pm.

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Boston Symphony Announces First Season with Andris Nelsons

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Andris Nelsons era at the Boston Symphony Orchestra began to take shape on Wednesday, as the BSO's 15th music director announced plans for his first season.

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New Owners Vow to Preserve Embattled Charles Ives House

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Nearly two years after a preservation battle began for Charles Ives's former Connecticut home, the new owners are speaking about it for the first time.

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Five Reasons Why C.P.E. Bach Matters

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Although C.P.E. has long been overshadowed by his famous dad, the 300th anniversary of his birth is an opportunity to get to know his standout compositions. Here are five reasons why he matters.

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David Robertson Renews Contract with St. Louis Symphony

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Conductor David Robertson has renewed his contract with the St. Louis Symphony through 2018, reflecting a national trend of major orchestras holding onto their long-serving music directors.

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Video: Protester Disrupts St. Petersburg Philharmonic Concert in San Francisco

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A concert Monday night in San Francisco by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic was interrupted by a gay rights activist.

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Coffee with Dominique Meyer

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dominique Meyer, the director of the Vienna State Opera, talks with Fred Plotkin about the company's foray into on-demand video streaming.

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Review: Strauss's Salome, Still Creepy After All These Years

Monday, March 03, 2014

"Without so much as an outrageously updated production or even a fake head, the visiting Vienna State Opera at Carnegie Hall delivered a near-seismic concert version of Salome," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Documentary Short on Oldest Holocaust Survivor, Pianist Wins Oscar

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Lady in Number 6," a film portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest classical pianist and Holocaust survivor, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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