Performing Opera, Italianamente

Monday, July 20, 2015

There's a spontaneity in Italian culture that emphasizes usefulness, durability and beauty, writes Fred Plotkin. There's also fatalism, which underlies Italy's greatest operas.
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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of NYC's Composer Statues

Monday, July 20, 2015

In advance of Tuesday's concert at (the statue flanked) Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, try your knowledge of composer statues.
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Two Mercedes Once Owned by Maria Callas Head for Sale in Monaco

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Two Mercedes Benz 600 limousines once belonging to Maria Callas are to lead the sale of vehicle collection at the French auction house Artcurial on Monday.
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Classical Commute: Helvetica String Trio

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. Today: The Helvetica String Trio.
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Soprano Reri Grist Tells of a Life of Adventures

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Reri Grist was part of the second generation of black opera singers who followed Marian Anderson's breakthrough at the Met in 1955.
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Despite Economic Crises, Europeans Are Joining Voices

Friday, July 17, 2015

Europe may be divided over Greece and the euro, but a new report points to one harmonious note rising above the cacophony.
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Is This the Future of Surtitles at the Opera?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

High-tech "augmented reality" opera glasses that project surtitles in one's native language have made their debut at the Avignon Festival in France.
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Defending Donizetti

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gaetano Donizetti, one of the greatest opera composers of all, has his share of haters, discovers Fred Plotkin. He considers the roots of the image problem.
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NYC Orchestral Activists Speak Out on Police-Citizen Tensions

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A group of young classical musicians in New York are placing their art squarely in the conversation over the tension between black communities and the police across the U.S.
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Bard Reviving Ethel Smyth's Forgotten Opera

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leon Botstein talks to the Associate Press about this 1906 opera and his crusade to revive all-but-forgotten works.
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Plan to Sell off NYC Opera's Name Is Withdrawn

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The decision by the defunct opera company's board follows months of legal maneuvers between two bidders who both hope to revive the company.
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Poll: Which of These 2015 News Stories Best Captures the Spirit of France?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In honor of Bastille Day, tell us which of these 2015 news stories best captures the spirit of France that we know and love.
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Armed Robbery the Latest Trouble for Greek National Opera

Monday, July 13, 2015

Even as Greece clinched a preliminary bailout deal with its European creditors, the country's major opera house has been facing increasingly an increasingly tough fiscal picture.
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Classical Commute: Luellen Abdoo

Monday, July 13, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music.
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Could English National Opera Chief's Tumultuous Exit Impact the Met Opera?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

After John Berry's departure, perhaps no U.S. opera manager will be watching the ENO's future more closely than Peter Gelb. 
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Canada-Born Dramatic Tenor Jon Vickers Dies at 88

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, has died. He was 88.
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The Many Trees of Opera

Friday, July 10, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin examines the iconic tree imagery throughout the history of Opera.
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Remembering James S. Marcus

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The New York philanthropist who was a passionate supporter of classical music, opera and the vocal arts dies at 85.
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A Box and a Hammer: The Story of Mahler's 6th on his 155th Birthday

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tuesday marks the 155th birthday of Austrian composer, Gustav Mahler.
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Germany vs. Greece At The Opera

Monday, July 06, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin explains how in the current European clash, Germany and Greece may be cast in the roles of Apollo and Dionysus.
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