Reddit, Read it? A Classical Music Community Emerges on Social News Site

Thursday, August 08, 2013

What started as low-budget link-sharing website for tech-savvy young people has spawned a growing classical music community.

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Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

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Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Director Deborah Warner Pulls Out of Met Opera's Season Opener

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera said on Tuesday that its season-opening production of Eugene Onegin will be directed by Fiona Shaw, after the director Deborah Warner pulled out.

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Pierre Boulez Breaks His Shoulder, Cancels in Lucerne

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The conductor Pierre Boulez has cancelled concerts on Sept. 7 and 9 at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as the result of a broken shoulder.

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Lloyd Moss, WQXR Host for More Than 50 Years, Dies at 86

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lloyd Moss, a WQXR host of five decades who brought an irreverence and genial wit to the once staid universe of classical radio, died on Saturday.

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Mezzo-Soprano Sues Metropolitan Opera Over Stage Fall

Monday, August 05, 2013

The mezzo-soprano Wendy White is suing the Metropolitan Opera for a 2011 accident where a set collapsed from under her during performance of Faust, causing her to fall eight feet.

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Foreclosure Averted, Nashville Symphony Now Faces Tough Labor Talks

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Two months after narrowly averting a foreclosure on its concert hall, the Nashville Symphony now faces difficult contract talks with its musicians.

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Listen: Newly Discovered Early Pavarotti Recording to be Released

Friday, August 02, 2013

A recently-discovered recording of Luciano Pavarotti – believed to be the late tenor's first – will be commercially released in October. Hear a sample.

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Thomas Hampson Takes the Hot Seat on BBC's 'HardTalk'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.

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Design for Hudson Yards Arts Venue Receives $50 Million Grant

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Bloomberg administration has recently allotted $50 million to the 170,000-square-foot Culture Shed, an expandable visual and performing arts venue along the High Line on the Far West side.

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A Russian Music Playlist for Edward Snowden

Thursday, August 01, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has time to read the classics. But what pieces of music should he download to get a feel for the Russian soul? We asked some experts for suggestions.

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Violinist Min-Jin Kym’s Stolen Stradivarius is Found after Two Years

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Classical musician Min-Jin Kym, the British Transport Police, and Stradivarius lovers can rest easy tonight knowing that a high-profile case of violin theft has finally closed.

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The Gospel Truth About Opera

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No matter how extravagant the vocal acrobatics might be, if singing—whether opera, gospel or just about anything else—is not anchored in genuine sentiment, it will ring as heartless and false, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Violinist Arrested for Playing Bach on Subway Platform

Monday, July 29, 2013

A violinist claims he was handcuffed for playing Bach's Third Partita on the platform of the Hunter College subway station Thursday – and spent four hours in custody as a result.

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At Aix-en-Provence Festival, Mediterranean Sunlight and Dark Themes

Monday, July 29, 2013

For its 65th edition, organizers of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence sought to demonstrate that the region's most established music festival has not grown staid and predictable.

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Poll: Is it Ethical for Musicians to Play During a Heat Wave?

Friday, July 26, 2013

How do you think orchestras should deal with hot weather? Must the show go on when temperatures near 100? Take our poll and share your thoughts.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich (Part II)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wagner's relationship with Otto Wesendonck, his most important financial backer, and the young and beautiful Mathilde Wesendonck, who became his most important muse, made for real drama, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New Wagner Books Offer Mysteries, Eroticism and Worship

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Those inclined to hyperbole claim that only Jesus, Napoléon and Adolf Hitler have caused more ink (and pixels) to be spilled than Richard Wagner.

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