Placido Domingo Leaves Hospital After Embolism

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Veteran tenor turned baritone Placido Domingo says he has left a hospital in Madrid after spending five days there recovering from a lung artery blockage.

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Can an iPad App Make You Love Liszt?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new app designed for iPads gives users a chance to better understand Liszt's Sonata in B minor. It shows the English pianist Stephen Hough giving a complete performance.

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The Art of the Prima Donna: Grace Bumbry

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This is the first of what will be an occasional series about prima donnas, those irresistible singers whose talents and larger-than-life personalities never fail to fascinate and inspire opera fans.

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Carnegie Hall's New National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Debut

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a new project of Carnegie Hall, is bringing together 120 students from 42 states. It debuts this week.

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Placido Domingo Health Update: Improvement Expected

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Opera singer Placido Domingo says he expects his health to improve soon, after he was admitted to a Madrid hospital with a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

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Video: Obama Presents National Medal of the Arts to Renée Fleming, Tony Kushner

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including Renée Fleming during a White House ceremony on Wednesday.

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'Monkey: Journey to the West': Lavish, Lightweight Summer Fare at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This Chinese martial arts opera comes to Lincoln Center for 27 performances.

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Placido Domingo Hospitalized in Spain with Embolism

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The 72-year-old tenor turned baritone Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

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Audience to be Blindfolded for Lera Auerbach's Opera, The Blind

Monday, July 08, 2013

In this "anti-opera," audience members wear blindfolds and experience the work in a similar state to its characters, 12 people who are visually impaired and stranded on an island.

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Overlooked Operas: Weber's Der Freischütz

Monday, July 08, 2013

Weber's Der Freischütz has been unjustly ignored outside of the German-speaking world, writes Fred Plotkin. Yet this opera foreshadows much of what followed.

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Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Cheers on Andy Murray at Wimbledon Final

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sunday's Wimbledon final attracted a host of high-profile faces, including at least one from the world of classical music: bespectacled pianist Mitsuko Uchida was seen cheering in the royal box.

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Having Trouble Breathing? Try Singing

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Doctors at London's Royal Brompton Hospital started a program to help people with lung disease after reasoning that the kind of breathing used by singers might also help lung patients.

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Cairo Opera House Suspends Activities in Face of Military Coup

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

As Egypt’s military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation’s first freely elected president, the country's largest performing arts institution took steps to avoid being swept into chaos.

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King George III: Mad About Opera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An opera about George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was written by Peter Maxwell Davies in the late 1960s and is called Eight Songs for a Mad King. This 33-minute work is a searing account of madness.

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Explainer: What the Steinway Sale Means for Classical Music Fans

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The sale of Steinway to private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. has raised questions from pianists and admirers of the New York brand. Here are some of the most common ones.

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In Memoriam: Alida Ferrarini

Monday, July 01, 2013

Soprano Alida Ferrarini, who died last week, was one of the most idiomatic interpreters of the light soprano repertory, mostly in Italian, writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Steinway Pianos Sold to Private Equity Firm for $438 million

Monday, July 01, 2013

The famed piano maker Steinway is being acquired by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. for about $438 million.

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Croatia Plays Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' to Celebrate EU Entry

Monday, July 01, 2013

Some 20,000 people and more than 100 European delegates gathered in Zagreb's main square Sunday night to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union.

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Metropolitan Opera Hires Second Principal Clarinetist

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last week, the Metropolitan Opera named Boris Allakhverdyan as its new principal clarinetist, capping what had been an extended musical chess match involving several top orchestras.

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