Opera As One Explores Gender Change, Identity Struggles

Friday, September 05, 2014

A new opera by Laura Kaminsky looks at a transgender woman coming to terms with herself and her world. David Patrick Stearns reviews the premiere.
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Franz Welser-Möst Quits as Vienna State Opera Music Director

Friday, September 05, 2014

The conductor Franz Welser-Möst is resigning as music director of the Vienna State Opera, citing artistic differences with the company’s director, Dominique Meyer.
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Planet Opera: Performances Not to Miss in the 2014-2015 Season

Thursday, September 04, 2014

For the intrepid opera fan, there should be plenty to savor this season. Here are ten global cities (including one tour) featuring notable performances.
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Why Deals with Unions Won't End Met Opera's Challenges

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The labor deals that the Metropolitan Opera and 16 of its unions tentatively reached last month meant that a lockout was averted. But its financial travails have not vanished.
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Colorado Symphony Drops Tuxedos, Adds Drinks in the Hall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Starting this fall, the orchestra will ditch tuxedos and institute a somewhat more casual look of dark suits with long ties for men. Drinks will also be permitted.
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Placido Domingo Closing Act at London iTunes Festival

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
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Planet Opera: Going to the Sources

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One can learn a lot about operas by going to the cities where they are set. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's Rome, Carmen's Seville and the natural world of Wagner.
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Susanna Mälkki, Fabio Luisi Get New Conducting Gigs

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Nordic dining scene may be stealing news headlines and Michelin stars these days but on Monday, the region’s classical music scene was also drawing international attention.
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'Maestro' or 'Conductor?' Terminology Sparks Critical Spat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One critic says the word "maestro" (and "maestra") has been overused and it's time to give it a rest. Another critic accuses him of sexism.
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Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With autumn comes a fresh new lineup of symphonic, vocal and chamber music concerts to hear in New York. Below are 20 notable events taking place around the city.
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Suspects in Murder of New York Violinist Held Without Bail

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two men accused of killing New York concert violinist Mary Whitaker during a robbery in her rural home are due in federal court.
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Minnesota Orchestra Announces $13.2 Million in Gifts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra signaled a new step in its post-lockout recovery on Wednesday when the board said it had received $13.2 million in four separate donations.
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Throwback Thursday: WQXR Discusses 'The Lincoln Center' in 1961

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Throwback Thursday" and here's an excerpt from "A Year in Music," in which the conductor Erich Leinsdorf weighs in on the opening of Lincoln Center.
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Is There Anything Sound about Sound Design?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes, "There is a euphemism I don’t much care for: Sound Design." Here's why.
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Atlanta Symphony Labor Talks Approach Nervous Crescendo

Monday, August 25, 2014

In news that has an aura of deja-vu about it, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are approaching a September 6 contract deadline.
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Video: Violinist Inspires Elephants to Dance to Bach

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eleanor Bartsch, a violinist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, performed a bit of Bach on Saturday night for an unlikely audience.
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Maryland Ban on Grain Alcohol Hurts Violin Makers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
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Patrice Chéreau’s Testament

Friday, August 22, 2014

Patrice Chéreau was one of the few directors equally adept with spoken theater, film and opera. Fred Plotkin considers his last opera production.
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Met Opera, Remaining Unions Reach Contract Deals

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has now reached tentative labor agreements with all of its remaining unions.
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New York Violinist Found Slain in Summer Home

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two men were charged on Friday with murder in the death of Mary Whitaker, a violinist who performed with the Westchester Philharmonic and other New York ensembles.
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