Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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Listen: Los Angeles Philharmonic Keeps Playing During Earthquake

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has released an audio recording of its performance on March 30, during which a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Walt Disney Concert Hall as the orchestra played Ravel.

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Top 5 Classical Music Moments on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Friday, April 04, 2014

In his 30-plus years at the helm of late night shows, David Letterman has played host to thousands of musicians. Every so often a classical performer would sneak into the mix.

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Itzhak Perlman Airport Incident Prompts Apology, Donation

Friday, April 04, 2014

Days after an airline worker abandoned Itzhak Perlman with his violin, crutches and luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Air Canada has offered an apology and a donation.

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From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of opera singer Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert. Listen to a 1974 interview with Anderson on WQXR.

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Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

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Conducting Guru Claims Women Shouldn't Be Conductors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Another outcry has arisen from comments about women being unsuitable to be conductors. "Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing," he said.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WQXR

Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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Ivory Ticklers: Six Funny Classical Piano Comedy Routines

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although comedy and classical music might seem like an oxymoron, celebrated humorists have fused the two for decades. For this April 1st, here are six standouts.

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New York Philharmonic to Summer in Santa Barbara

Monday, March 31, 2014

The New York Philharmonic on Monday announced a four-year partnership with the Music Academy of the West, a summer festival and school for aspiring professional musicians in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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No Time for a Symphony? Try a Ringtone, Says Spektral Quartet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Spektral Quartet, from Chicago, has just commissioned 47 composers to write ringtones, alarms and text message alerts for cellphones.

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A Wintry Journey of Discontent

Friday, March 28, 2014

Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Could Bring $45M at Sale

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A rare 1719 Stradivarius viola is expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale.

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Throwback Thursday: Conchita Supervía (#tbt)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WQXR

This Thursday we're throwing it back to mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía. We'll play her music throughout the day on the Operavore Stream.

 

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Video Webcast: Diana Damrau at Le Poisson Rouge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WQXR

Metropolitan Opera regular Diana Damrau performs music from her new album "Forever" at Le Poisson Rouge. The performance can be streamed live on this page. 

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Widespread Surprise at San Diego Opera's Decision to Fold

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week’s news that San Diego Opera, the 10th largest opera company in the United States, plans to close its doors has generated a range of responses.

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