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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Antoine Wagner: How I Came to Know My Family Heritage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Antoine Wagner, a photographer and filmmaker living in New York, has long had a special passion for shooting landscapes and nature. Then he learned about his famous relative.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zürich, Wagner's base for nine years, became a place where he could reflect upon, and amplify, his ideas and theories, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Map: A Guide to Ring Cycles Around the Globe

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

With the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth this year come productions of the composer's Ring cycle around the world. Check out our interactive map to find a production near you.

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Tanglewood Festival's Disabled List Grows as Artists Drop Out

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Less than 24 hours after the Boston Symphony's incoming music director Andris Nelsons canceled a weekend appearance at Tanglewood due to a freak accident, the festival has announced two further cancellations.

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Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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House GOP Vows to Slash Arts Funding

Monday, July 22, 2013

House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.

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Richard Wagner, Comedy Icon?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not often do we associate the 19th-century composer with comedy. There are, however, a surprising number of references to Wagner and his compositions in popular culture today.

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Microphones at the Opera: Reverb, Static and Feedback

Friday, July 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin continues his discussion of the contentious topic of amplified opera singers with microphones and how it affects our senses.

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In Opera, There is No Such Thing as a Magic Mike

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin reviews the issue of microphones and amplification during opera performances. Should they be used? Should they be disclosed to those attending?

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