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Stolen Stradivarius Recovered from Milwaukee Attic

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.

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Opinion: Tosca, Seen Through Different Eyes

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This season, blogger Fred Plotkin went to three performances of the Met's production of Tosca, each with a different soprano in the lead role. It stimulated new insights on this controversial production.

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Watch: Daniil Trifonov Plays Debussy and Original Piece

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The 22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau and an original piece in The Greene Space.

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Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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Riccardo Muti to Lead Chicago Symphony Through 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Maestro Riccardo Muti has extended his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020.

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Memphis Symphony Prepares to 'Wind Down' Operations

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fifty-four years after its founding, the Memphis Symphony has declared that it will “wind down” its operation at the end of the season, after years of sluggish box-office sales and a drop in giving.

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Classical Music in 2014 Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 02, 2014

In keeping with an annual tradition, here are the 2014 Super Bowl commercials that featured classical music.

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Renée Fleming Gives the Super Bowl an Operatic Opening

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clad in a black Vera Wang dress with a flowing white sash – ensuring no wardrobe malfunctions – Fleming was accompanied an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Black Classical Music History

Saturday, February 01, 2014

WQXR will present a number of special programs and features throughout Black History Month. Test your knowledge of black classical music history in our quiz.

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Renée Fleming Says She Won't Lip-Sync National Anthem

Friday, January 31, 2014

Renée Fleming said in an interview she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn't know how to lip-sync if you paid me."

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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Franco Corelli, Tutto Tenore

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On January 29, two days after a moving ceremony in memory of Claudio Abbado, Teatro alla Scala in Milan honors another artist, Franco Corelli. Fred Plotkin gives an appraisal of the late tenor.

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Top Five Similarities Between Opera and Football

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As the NFL takes over the tri-state area in anticipation of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, the grandiosity of this annual event seemed could be called operatic.

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Video: La Scala Orchestra Plays to Empty Theater in Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Monday, January 27, 2014

A week after the death of Claudio Abbado, tributes continue from various corners of the classical music world.

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Video: IKEA Shoppers Surprised by Beethoven Flash Mob

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aisles of ready-to-assemble furniture, members of the Detroit Symphony and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy": Care to guess what happens next?

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Classical Grammy Awards to Minnesota Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Adès

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.

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Classical Music’s Demise? Slate Column Stirs up Anger on Internet

Friday, January 24, 2014

An article with a particularly tough assessment of the state of classical music has stirred up a hornet's nest on the Internet.

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Christa Ludwig, Superstar

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New York Philharmonic to Stage Honegger Oratorio with Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has said that it will present Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring the Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard at Avery Fisher Hall.

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