From Punk to Purcell: Vivienne Westwood Outfits Monteverdi Choir

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dame Vivienne Westwood, who once dressed the Sex Pistols and forged a punk aesthetic, has created a new design for the English Baroque ensemble. 
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6 Brazilian Artists and Ensembles We'd Like to See in Rio

Monday, August 01, 2016

From the São Paulo Symphony to pianist Nelson Freire, here are the Brazilian artists we hope will get cameos during Friday's opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Before HD, the Met Tour Brought Opera to the US and World

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Thirty years after the Metropolitan Opera staged its last national tour, Fred Plotkin looks back at its influence on opera around the country and the world.
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Einojuhani Rautavaara, Prolific Finnish Composer, Dies at 87

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rautavaara, an acclaimed composer who influenced a generation of Finnish composers, has died.
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What We Learned from the First New York Opera Fest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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From the Bronx to basketball courts in Brooklyn, the inaugural New York Opera Fest presented more than 25 productions, providing a survey of the state of opera in the city.
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Review: 'The Illuminated Heart' Opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Netia Jones's 'The Illuminated Heart,' a 90-minute program of semi-staged Mozart arias kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival with operatic star power. 
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We Love Carol Vaness

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Carol Vaness, whose birthday is this week, was 'an always exciting and engaging artist whose work was not appreciated as fully as I think it should have been,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Review: Long Dormant, Mascagni's 'Iris' Opens at Bard

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Bard SummerScape stages the first North American revival of Mascagni's symbolist opera, 'Iris,' in almost a century. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the production.
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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Movie Musicals, Dies at 86

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Marni Nixon, the singing voice behind Natalie Wood's Maria in 'West Side Story', Audrey Hepburn's Eliza in 'My Fair Lady' and Deborah Kerr's Anna in 'The King and I', died Sunday.
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6 Chilling Works to Combat the Summer Heat

Friday, July 22, 2016

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With sweltering temperatures rising higher and a 'heat dome' on its way, here are six classical works to provide a necessary and refreshing cool breeze to these hot and humid days.
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Notes on a Week of High Drama in London

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Fred Plotkin experiences theater on both London's cultural and political stages during his latest visit in which he saw the opera, a Shakespearean drama and a change of prime ministers.
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How to Make Music Out of 57 Individual Themes

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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The creator of 'Classical Music Mashup,' a YouTube video that combines more than 50 themes by 33 composers, explains how he fused them into a single coherent and utterly delightful work.
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A Coughing Matter

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Are fragrances and overactive cooling systems driving audiences into hacking fits? Fred Plotkin muses on the state of air quality in our theaters.
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Review: 'Paradise Interrupted' Fuses Eastern Manners with Western Narrative

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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A striking production of Huang Ruo's "installation opera" was presented with the Chinese opera star, Qian Yi. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in. 
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6 Performers Using Music to Make the World a Better Place

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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In response to the horrific events of recent weeks, here are classical musicians using their art to advocate for peace, justice, environmentalism and other good causes.
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Finding Opera and Freedom in Cincinnati

Monday, July 11, 2016

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A trip to Cincinnati to see productions of Beethoven's 'Fidelio' and Gregory Spears's 'Fellow Travelers' spurs a meditation on opera's relevance to real life. 
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Entrance Interview: Matthew Shilvock, SF Opera's Next General Director

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Before he becomes the general director of San Francisco Opera on Aug. 1, Matthew Shilvock spoke to Fred Plotkin about his vision for the company.
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5 Mid-Century American Works that Deserve to Be Included in the Canon

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival, lists five lesser-known American masterpieces featured this year, and one that just missed the cut, that he's passionate about.
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Watch: Inon Barnatan Plays Mendelssohn at the Steinway Factory

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Pianist Inon Barnatan visited the Steinway Factory in Queens where he performed Mendelssohn's Rondo capriccioso. Watch an exclusive video of his virtuoso performance.
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How 'Brexit' Affects Opera and the Arts

Friday, July 01, 2016

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From artist contracts to work visas, Fred Plotkin looks at the implications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union in the opera world and beyond.
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