Kennedy Center Honor a Flourish to Martina Arroyo's Remarkable Career

Friday, September 13, 2013

Harlem-born soprano Martina Arroyo was one of five artists nominated for a Kennedy Center honor on Thursday. Fred Plotkin says the award was richly deserved.

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Embattled Minnesota Orchestra Unveils Renovated Concert Hall

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Minnesota Orchestra unveiled its newly remodeled concert hall to the local news media on Thursday but don't buy your plane tickets to Minneapolis just yet.

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Boston Opera? It's Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Sunday, a new opera company will make its début in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera Casting Details Confirmed

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Madrid's Teatro Real on Thursday announced new details for Charles Wuorinen's long-awaited opera version of Brokeback Mountain.

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Why Do Car Makers Like Musical Names?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

As automakers show off their latest designs at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we wanted to know: what's with all of the musical car names? Here's a look at some of them.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Video: Teenage Guitarist Rocks Vivaldi, Goes Viral

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Last month, a teenage French guitarist who goes by the name Tina S. released a video of herself playing "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. It quickly went viral.

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Video: Zubin Mehta Concert in Kashmir Has Discordant Backdrop

Monday, September 09, 2013

A concert Sunday by conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-administered Kashmir took place amid tight security and objections from separatist groups who are fighting New Delhi's rule.

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Cash Crisis Threatens New York City Opera Season

Sunday, September 08, 2013

New York City Opera will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of next season if it does not raise $20 million by the end of the year, company officials said on Sunday.

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First Look: Stradivarius Hometown in Italy gets Violin Museum

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Norma: Loved Her, Hated It

Friday, September 06, 2013

"The production and the performances were incredible, unbelievable, singular, unforgettable and many other adjectives that can imply both the state of ultrawonderfulness and ultradreadfulness."

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Last Night of the Proms Tinged With Themes of Equality

Friday, September 06, 2013

During the Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop spoke on behalf of women conductors and Joyce DiDonato sang "Somewhere over the Rainbow" for gay rights.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Contemporary Operas

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Think you know modern operas? Can you tell Glass from Golijov? Test your knowledge of contemporary operas in our quiz.

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'All-Star Orchestra,' a Made-for-TV Symphony, Hits the Airwaves

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It’s the age-old problem of putting symphony orchestras on television: they're not as much fun to look at as to listen to. A new television series aims to overcome this.

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Top Five Women Conductors on the Rise

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Last week, a Russian conductor landed in hot water after making disparaging remarks about women conductors. Here are five who rise above the controversy.

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Britain Mints New Coin for Benjamin Britten Centennial

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Great Britain is minting a new 50 pence coin to commemorate the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten.

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Falling In Love Again (with Opera): A Preview of New York's Autumn Opera Events

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.

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Justice Ginsburg Officiates at Kennedy Center Chief's Wedding

Monday, September 02, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court.

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Former SF Opera Director Lotfi Mansouri Dies at 84

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.

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Fall Preview: NYC's 20 Most Anticipated Classical Performances

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fall is always the most exciting time to be a classical music fan in New York City. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the big fall concerts this year.

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