Watching 'Peppino': A Survey of the Tutto Verdi Video Series

Friday, October 04, 2013

One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.

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Carnegie Hall, Stagehands Approve Labor Deal, Ending 2-Day Strike

Friday, October 04, 2013

The stagehands of Carnegie Hall voted to accept a four-year labor agreement, ending an acrimonious two-day strike that began on Wednesday morning and led to the cancellation of the hall's opening-night gala.

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Carnegie Hall: Shows Will Go On as Union Talks Continue

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Carnegie Hall is moving forward with its concert Thursday night, after canceling Wednesday's opening night gala due to a stagehand strike.

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New York City Opera Did Rarities and Modern Works Proud

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Why was it necessary for a company that had once presented some 130 performances a season to endure in diminished form? Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers why City Opera still mattered.

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Carnegie Hall Cancels Opening-Night Gala Due to Stagehand Strike

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A strike by Carnegie Hall’s stagehands has forced the cancellation of the hall’s opening night gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra, scheduled for Wednesday.
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American Dream, American Tragedy: The Demise of the New York City Opera

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A loss of leadership, mission, a home and visibility all contributed to City Opera's downfall, writes Fred Plotkin. But is it too late for a generous donor to step forward?

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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Osmo Vänskä Resigns

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vänskä resigned Tuesday amid a labor impasse that has dragged on for more than a year as management pushed for deep cuts to musicians' salaries.

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Minnesota Orchestra Lockout Wipes out Carnegie Dates

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra on Monday canceled upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall due to its contract impasse with musicians — a move that could lead to the departure of its Finnish conductor, Osmo Vanska.


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After 70 Years, New York City Opera Prepares its Final Bow

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New York City Opera is expected to file for bankruptcy Wednesday, after failing to raise $7 million. We look back at what is lost as the 70-year-company closes its curtains.
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Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Proposal as Deadline Nears

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Saturday unanimously rejected the latest management contract offer, leaving unchanged a lockout that has effectively shuttered the ensemble for nearly a year.

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Salzburg Festival Could See Fewer Performances

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Salzburg Festival's next artistic director has an ear for his singers' and musicians' complaints - he wants to cut down on performances at the prestigious annual event.

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Planet Opera: At the Salzburg Festival, A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Salzburg Festival named a new director this week. Fred Plotkin takes the occasion to consider why the town of Salzburg is about much more than just the Von Trapps and Mozart.

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New York City Opera Board Plans for Bankruptcy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Like the heroine of its season-opening production of Anna Nicole, New York City Opera is desperately in need of a rich sugar daddy – or several – to survive. But that prospect looks increasingly dim.

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Video: Orchestra Asks Random New Yorkers to Conduct It

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A prank collective brought an orchestra to the middle of in Midtown and put a conductors' podium, a baton and a big sign that read "Conduct Us" in front of it.

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NEA Report: Arts Audiences Grow More Diverse Amid Declines

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts released a report Thursday showing that attendance has declined for traditional cultural forms theater, museums and classical concerts.

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Review: James Levine Makes Solid Return in Met's Cosi fan tutte

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Light, swift and cogent were the watchwords in a performance that felt rather shorter than its three-and-a-half hour duration," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Pianist Jeremy Denk Among MacArthur Foundation Winners

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jeremy Denk, a classical pianist with a literary streak, is among the winners of the 2013 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants.

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Review: Amid Protests and Gowns, Met Opens Season with Eugene Onegin

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Before the first notes of Eugene Onegin, shouts rained down from the Family Circle of the Metropolitan Opera, with the word "Putin" surfacing often. David Patrick Stearns reports.

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Hold Please – and Enjoy the Mozart

Monday, September 23, 2013

Anyone who has called New York City's 311 hotline and has been put on hold may have noticed the perky music on the line: Mozart’s Flute Concerto Number 1 in G Major.

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'Half Hour, Ladies and Gentlemen'

Monday, September 23, 2013

"In recent years, some of the traditional behaviors of audiences in the 30 minutes before the maestro enters the orchestra pit have fallen into disuse," laments Fred Plotkin.

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