The Eternal Appeal of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Monday, August 10, 2015

"The Magic Flute" is a bread-and-butter opera that audiences seem glad to return to or buy tickets for if they have never heard it. Fred Plotkin considers its staying power.
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Watch: 5 Opera Gems from the AP's Huge New YouTube Archive

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last month, the Associated Press uploaded more than 550,000 video clips onto YouTube covering news events dating back to 1895. Here are 5 opera highlights.
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Tenor Fractures Spine After Stage Platform Collapses at Puccini Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2015

A stage platform collapsed near the end of a performance of Turandot on Friday night at the Puccini Festival in Italy, seriously injuring the tenor Marco Voleri.
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Seiji Ozawa Cancels Performances After Breaking Hip

Friday, August 07, 2015

The acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa has been forced to cancel his appearances this month after falling and fracturing his hip.
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Video: In Airport Lounge, Soccer Player Turns Conductor

Friday, August 07, 2015

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was performing at Glasgow Airport this week when a goalkeeper for the Celtic Football Club got a chance to pick up the baton.
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Across the U.S., Puccini's 'Tosca' Remains Insanely Popular

Friday, August 07, 2015

Among the two most ubiquitous works in upcoming opera seasons are Tosca and Die Zauberflöte. In the first of a two-part series, Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's popularity.
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Stolen Stradivarius Violin Is Recovered After 35 Years

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone.
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8 Festivals for People Who Are Obsessed with Mozart

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

There are more ways to celebrate the boy genius than just Mostly Mozart. Try Mainly Mozart, OK Mozart and Mozart Week.
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Steve Jobs, the Opera, Coming to Santa Fe in 2017

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that its latest commission will be based on the technology pioneer.
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Surgeons Perform Better with Music, Study Finds

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

If you are headed for the operating room, you’d better hope your surgeon is a music lover.
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Kevin Puts, Composer, Mork Superfan, Writes Tribute to Robin Williams

Monday, August 03, 2015

"I think the piece embodies his spirit and his humor and also the kind of darkness that is underneath," said Kevin Puts.
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Someone's Cooking at the Opera

Monday, August 03, 2015

When opera singers or actors are called on to cook on stage, their job suddenly gets far more complicated – whether it's frying bacon or cleaning a fish.
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Boston Symphony Extends Andris Nelsons' Contract Through 2022

Monday, August 03, 2015

Less than a year after Andris Nelsons became the Boston Symphony's music director, the orchestra has taken the unusual step of extending his contract to eight years.
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Review: Andrea Bocelli Falls Short on Puccini's 'Turandot'

Sunday, August 02, 2015

"This is a misguided undertaking," writes Mike Silverman, "exposing the folly of even the most expert pop vocalist trying to pose as an opera singer."
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Classical Commute: James Graseck

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: violinist James Graseck.
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Poll: Who Wrote the Greatest 10th Symphony Ever?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Philip Glass is the latest composer to avoid the so-called "Curse of the Ninth Symphony" and write a 10th Symphony. What's your favorite?
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The Expo Effect: Why New York Needs Big Cultural Initiatives

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York City desperately needs to make real its sense of being the most consequential metropolis in the world, writes Fred Plotkin. This can happen through major arts projects.
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Metropolitan Opera Drops Free Simulcast at Lincoln Center; Adds to Times Square

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera has said that it will no longer host a free opening night simulcast on Lincoln Center Plaza. More seats are coming to Times Square, however.
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15 Rock and Pop Favorites from Serious Classical Musicians

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not all classical musicians listen to classical music all the time. Here are some surprising acts that you’d find on their personal playlists.
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Watch: 5 Classical Music Gems from the Associated Press's Massive New YouTube Archive

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Associated Press and British Movietone recently published their extensive newsreel archives on YouTube.
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