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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Report: Opera Attendance Drops, Digital Engagement Rises

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The advocacy group Americans for the Arts has just published a 145-page report on the nation's arts scene health. Here's what it said about opera.

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Armory's Renovated Officer's Room to Host Classical Recitals

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Park Avenue Armory unveiled its Board of Officers room this week after a $15 million renovation, and in doing so, introduced a new recital venue to New York’s classical music ecosystem.

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Giving Voice to Dolores Claiborne

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bringing a new opera into the world is a daunting task at any time, but Tobias Picker's Stephen King adaptation faced a challenge, potentially fatal, that few works do, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Pope's Playlist: Pontiff Reveals Classical Favorites

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pope Francis, long reputed to be an opera lover, has opened up about his tastes in classical music, which turn out to be remarkably voracious and specific.

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Seven Stunning Modernist Pieces Embraced by Hollywood

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's a maxim of both Hollywood and classical music: dissonant, experimental scores which may cause orchestra subscribers to flee in terror have found a comfortable home in mainstream cinema.

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Review: City Opera's Anna Nicole Tells Tabloid Saga

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If applause alone could cure the New York City Opera's financial ills, the company would be in the pink following Tuesday's opening of the Mark-Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Watch: Verdi vs. Wagner 200th Birthday Debate with Stephen Fry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Royal Opera House in London hosted an Intelligence Squared debate on Sunday on the question of Verdi vs. Wagner, the full video of which has since been posted online.

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New York City Opera Fights for Survival Using Kickstarter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When New York City Opera turned to Kickstarter as part of an emergency effort to raise $1 million by September 30, it did so against some immense odds.

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