Metropolitan Opera Announces 2013-14 Season with an English Accent

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday announced its 2013-14 season, which will feature six new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 14 revivals.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 Season

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers the Met's next season, which has some conspicuously absent singers but also the return of conductor James Levine.

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Oboe Player Who Collapsed Mid-Performance Remains Hospitalized

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

San Francisco Symphony principal oboist William Bennett, who collapsed in mid-performance of Strauss's Oboe Concerto, remains in a hospital in "guarded" condition Tuesday.

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Review: City Opera's Turn of the Screw Missing Spooky Thrills

Monday, February 25, 2013

"For all its musical clarity Sunday at BAM, Britten's opera failed to take possession (at least of me) in a way that it truly can," writes Operavore's David Patrick Stearns.

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German Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch Dies at 89

Sunday, February 24, 2013

German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, acclaimed for his musical brilliance and unpretentious leadership of the Bavarian State Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, has died. He was 89.

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Opera Companies from Mars, Audiences from Venus

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes on marketing strategies and dynamic pricing in today's opera companies in his follow up article about the future of performing arts institutions and audience loyalty.

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What I Subscribe To

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin ponders the role of subscriptions in the health of performance arts institutions.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera's Entrancing and Enigmatic Parsifal

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"The production isn’t for everybody, but so handsomely filled this five-hour-plus opera," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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'Lincoln' Reveals 16th President's Passion for Opera

Monday, February 18, 2013

Among the many historical tidbits that Steven Spielberg includes in his Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," the president’s love of opera may be the most surprising.

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The Knights Orchestra Releases 'Harlem Shake' Video

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Harlem Shake, the latest Internet dance meme that has seemingly sprouted up overnight, has been given the chamber orchestra treatment by the Knights.

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Review: City Opera's Powder Her Face Lays Bare British Sex Scandal

Saturday, February 16, 2013

This visually busy Jay Scheib production addressed many of the problems in this woozy, dreamy portrayal of the Duchess of Argyll.

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Dutch Marionette Artist has the Opera World on a String

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.

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New York Philharmonic Names Principal Clarinetist

Thursday, February 14, 2013

He's held the top clarinet jobs at the Chicago Symphony and Metropolitan Opera. Now it's the New York Philharmonic's turn.

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Giving Puccini's Turandot the Finale it Deserves

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Lunar New Year began on Sunday, and the moon plans an important role in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, one of the most popular Western operas with an Asian setting.

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Review: Stylish, Quality Headphones Get Popular

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Most people consume their music while on the go these days - in cars, while jogging, in between smartphone calls or while working at a desk. Thousands of our favorite songs are just a playlist away.

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Planet Opera: In Amsterdam, Sharing Moments with History

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A particular characteristic of life in Amsterdam is the nearly untranslatable and unpronounceable word gezellig. It applies to many aspects of life and music in the Dutch city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Five Most Potent Love Spells in Opera

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we searched the opera repertoire for the five most potent love potions and spells (at least in terms of their influence on plot development).

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Cellist's Bow is Damaged in Airport Mishap

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alban Gerhardt, a noted cello soloist from Berlin, say his precious cello bow, valued at $20,000, was damaged by inspectors from the TSA at Dulles Airport

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Classical Grammy Awards to Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony beats the Minnesota Orchestra, which had been considered a sentimental favorite because of its bitter and protracted labor dispute.

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The Maestro's Ears

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sometimes a good conductor can help an orchestra overcome a flawed concert hall; other times a great hall can mask the shortcomings of a poor conductor. Fred Plotkin considers the relationship of maestro, hall and orchestra.

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