Metropolitan Opera Labor Dispute: Ongoing Coverage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Met says it has reached contract agreements with with singers and orchestra members and extends the deadline to negotiate with stagehands.

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Utah Symphony Barnstorms Five National Parks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances.

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Licia Albanese, Soprano Who Specialized in Puccini Roles, Dies at 105

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Licia Albanese, an opera singer whose Puccini and Verdi interpretations came to symbolize for a generation the sound of an Italian soprano, died on Friday.

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Adrian Romoff, 9-Year-Old Pianist, Makes His Mark on Reality TV, YouTube

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adrian Romoff, the nine-year-old pianist who parlayed classical training into a showy reality TV act, departed this week from "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

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Video: When Lauren Bacall Serenaded Leonard Bernstein

Friday, August 15, 2014

In 1988, Lauren Bacall made a memorable appearance at Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday gala at Tanglewood, serenading him with "The Saga of Lenny."

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In Search of Richard Strauss in Bavaria

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With this being the Strauss anniversary year, blogger Fred Plotkin tracked down some of the composer's haunts in Munich, and got access to his villa in nearby Garmisch.

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Met Opera Opening Night: Poplavskaya Out, Majeski In

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has pulled out of the opening-night production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The American soprano Amanda Majeski will replace her as Countess Almaviva.

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NYC Subway Performers: We're Being Over-Policed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Acrobats, dancers and musicians who perform in New York City's subway system are decrying what they say is heavy-handed policing.

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Listen: When Robin Williams Played the Metropolitan Opera

Monday, August 11, 2014

In 1986, Robin Williams appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House, in which he parodied opera singers, the ballet and his training at Juilliard.

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Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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Beethoven's Ninth Inspires Nike Basketball Shoe

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Your grandmother's fringed piano scarf may no longer appear so lonely in the hallway coat closet.

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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Priceless Bagpipes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border.

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Planet Opera: Munich

Friday, August 08, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains why he thinks the best opera festival in the world is at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Bayreuth

Monday, August 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Wagner's influences on Bayreuth.

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Should This Historic Opera Venue Get a Roof?

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Arena of Verona, one of the most iconic outdoor opera venues in the world, could be getting a roof. What do you think of the idea?

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What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator in Contract Talks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As part of an eleventh-hour effort to resolve a bitter labor dispute at the Metropolitan Opera, the company has proposed to bring in a federal mediator.

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Planet Opera: Bayreuth's Provocative Vision of Wagner

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After a rocky opening, the Bayreuth Festival is proving its mettle as a place where thought-provoking stagings of Wagner take place. Fred Plotkin reports.

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Louis Langrée Renews For More Mostly Mozart

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Louis Langrée, the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2002, has renewed his contract through 2017.

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Met Chorus Outlines Scenarios for a Deal as Lockout Looms

Monday, July 28, 2014

"The likelihood of our getting anywhere on working conditions, on health insurance is perilously close to zero," said a singers' union attorney.

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