Why It's More Difficult Than Ever to Become an Opera Singer

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fred Plotkin on the many things opera singers must now do to launch, grow and sustain their careers outside knowledge, artistry and health.
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Review: Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathleen Battle's hyped return to the Metropolitan Opera began 30 minutes late. But once she started, she showed no signs of stopping.
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Leonard Bernstein Makes His Carnegie Hall Debut With A Moment's Notice

Monday, November 14, 2016

On Nov. 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein was told that day he would be conducting the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall for the very first time. Watch Hershey Felder reenact that moment.
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This Choral Rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' is What We Need Right Now

Friday, November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter has died at age 82. See his most famous song, "Hallelujah," performed by Rufus Wainwright and a choir of 1,500 people.
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Watch: Jazz Pianist Art Tatum's Incredible Classical Improvs

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Art Tatum once blew away Vladimir Horowitz in a friendly piano throw-down. We present to you two incredible instances of Tatum improvising on classical pieces.
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The Art of Listening

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"Most of us hear but not all of us listen," says Operavore's Fred Plotkin. Find out how the skill of active listening can transform your experience with music and much more.
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Classical Music Can De-Stress Your Life (and Your Horse)

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Studies show that classical music can be good for your health. And if you are a horse owner, your steed could benefit from listening to classical music as much as you do. 
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5 Classical Pieces To Celebrate An Election Victory

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The election is finally over and your favored candidate emerged the champion. Here are five top-notch tunes that reflect the unbeatable feelings of sweet victory. 
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5 Classical Pieces For the Sting of Election Defeat

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Losing is never fun, but we all feel the sting of defeat from time to time. Here are five works that will ease the pain of electoral defeat.
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Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 64

Monday, November 07, 2016

Zoltan Kocsis, a famed pianist and conductor and musical director of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, has died. He was 64.
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When Donald Trump Analyzed Composer Steve Reich (And Failed)

Monday, November 07, 2016

It appears that at least one of the two candidates has waded into the history of contemporary classical music without the proper facts on hand.
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The Glorious Diversity of African-American Music

Friday, November 04, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin takes a tour of the "stupendous" "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the The National Museum of African American History and Culture with the exhibit curator.
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Cleveland Orchestra Strings Play Anthem at Series Finale

Thursday, November 03, 2016

While the Cleveland Indians did not prevail over the Cubs in the World Series finale, the city pulled out all the stops to make the contest a classy one. Watch the video.
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5 Marathon-Length Classical Works

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

In the spirit of Sunday's New York City Marathon, we present a few classical "marathons"— pieces that are exceptionally long, grand in scale or take superhuman concentration to complete.
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Watch: 25 Bizarre Facts About Classical Music

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hay eating pianos, string quartets in helicopters, 20 minutes of a single note, Bach's eye surgery and more. These are some of the bizarre factoids to be discovered in this new video.
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Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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Classical Music Videos to Help Us Chill During the Election

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

To help calm our election nerves, we've got a list of the best classical music videos that will chill our tempers and calm our nerves as election day approaches.
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What Can Happen When an Opera Performance is Cancelled

Monday, October 31, 2016

Human ashes in the orchestra pit this weekend caused the Met to halt one performance and cancelled another. Fred Plotkin explains what goes on during a performance cancellation.
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Steve Hackman and The Art of the Classical Mashup

Monday, October 31, 2016

Steve Hackman, a Curtis Institute of Music-trained conductor and composer, has taken the musical mashup concept to a whole new level with pop songs woven into orchestrated classics.
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Met Cancels Performances After Someone Sprinkles Suspicious Powder on Orchestra

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Police say that the powder substance spread into the Met's orchestra pit Saturday, which halted "Guillaume Tell," may have been the ashes of an opera lover.
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