Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera.

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Precious Chinese Instrument Damaged in Airline Mishap

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A precious Chinese instrument worth $50,000 and belonging to the noted musician Wu Man was damaged on a US Airways flight on Friday. She blames a flight attendant for dropping it.

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SF Opera Gambles on 'Gospel of Mary Magdalene'

Friday, June 21, 2013

Best known for his modest chamber opera "Little Women," composer Mark Adamo was looking for a more ambitious project to tackle when he happened upon a magazine article about Mary Magdalene.

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Understanding Opera Singers and their Health

Friday, June 21, 2013

Singers lead a rough life. They travel a great deal, being exposed to airplanes, jet lag, unfamiliar food, and people with germs who gush too long and too close. The result: a nonstop battle against sickness.

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175 Keyboardists Come out to Play on a West Village Block

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pachelbel's Canon in D has been heard at millions of weddings and countless dinner parties but, until this week, probably never on a 175 electronic keyboards.

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Why Applause is Contagious

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The quality of a performance doesn't correlate with the amount of applause it receives, according to a Swedish study. Instead, the process of clapping appears to be contagious.

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Buzz-Worthy Classical Music, Timed to the Cicada Beat

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This Sunday at 11 am, WQXR presents an hour of enchanting works of the past that evoke insects, flies and other creepy-crawlies.

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New York Philharmonic to Beam Stravinsky Production to Movie Theaters

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The New York Philharmonic said Wednesday that it will package its season-ending production, “A Dancer’s Dream,” featuring two Stravinsky ballets, for international cinema distribution.

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Video: Mozart's Violin Makes its US Debut

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last week, Mozart’s prized violin and viola made it to the U.S. for the first time. The instrument, owned by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, made its radio debut at WQXR.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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Watch: 88 Sing for Hope Pianos Congregate at Lincoln Center

Monday, June 17, 2013

Over the past two weeks, 88 pianos were spread throughout the five boroughs as part of the "Sing For Hope" public art installation. The instruments came together for a grand finale at Lincoln Center on Sunday.

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Video: Greek Orchestra, in Tears, Plays its Last Concert

Sunday, June 16, 2013

When the Greek government last week closed the country’s public broadcasting network, ERT, among the casualties was the Greek National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

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X-Rays Reveal Censored Ending of Cherubini Opera

Sunday, June 16, 2013

After more than 200 years in obscurity, the last unreadable pages of an opera by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini have been deciphered with the help of one of the most advanced X-ray machines on the planet.

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Letts Do It: Little Latvia Packs a Big Musical Punch

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes of the State Choir of Latvia which he heard while attending a concert at Lucern, Switzerland.

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Eric Einhorn's On Site Opera Brings Blue Monday to The Cotton Club

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore caught up with On Site Opera's artistic director for a conversation about this weekend's run of Blue Monday at the Cotton Club.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: How Opera Speaks to Our Deepest Selves

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's thoughts on relevance in opera in an art form that is constantly being reframed in a world where events unfold at an accelerated rate.

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Ukrainian Pianist and Cliburn Winner Credits Mom

Monday, June 10, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Playing the piano at age 5 certainly wasn't Vadym Kholodenko's idea, but after his mother took him to a music school, he quickly grew to love it while growing up in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Review: Cecilia Bartoli is Fierce and Mercurial in Bellini's Norma

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli brings a "four-hankie" performance to Bellini's doomed priestess in a new recording.

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La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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Video: Philadelphia Orchestra Surprises Plane Passengers in China

Friday, June 07, 2013

The orchestra musicians used some time on a tarmac to give passengers an impromptu performance of Dvorak's "American" String Quartet No. 12.

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