Rudolph Giuliani: The Death of Klinghoffer is 'Extremely Unfair'

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rudolph Giuliani has thrown his weight behind the Jewish groups and political figures who plan to protest on Monday night the Met's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer."
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Video: One Conductor Wasn't Enough For This Ives Performance

Monday, October 20, 2014

Charles Ives, who was born 140 years ago Monday, wrote a Fourth Symphony that ultimately required three conductors to harness its size and complexity.
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Indiana University Opera Hopes to Score in Football Stadium

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music announced Friday that it will present a live simulcast of its production of Puccini's La Boheme on its Jumbotron.
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The Depth of Klinghoffer: What Does the Controversy Say About Freedom of Expression?

Friday, October 17, 2014

With the Met Opera's controversial production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" opening on Monday, Fred Plotkin asks whether its detractors approach it with a full understanding.
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Basil Twist Rethinks Rite of Spring for Puppet Theater

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Puppetry is just the essence of bringing something to life," says Basil Twist. "It's animating the inanimate."
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Australian Officials Intervene to Lift Carmen Smoking Ban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A government health minister has told Western Australian Opera that it can resume staging "Carmen" – complete with tobacco references – without endangering a sponsorship.
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Youth Gets Its Day in Opera. Now Where Are the Honors for Veteran Artists?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As young singing talent is recognized at a gala awards evening, Fred Plotkin asks why the Kennedy Center Honors have overlooked opera this year, and who deserves the awards.
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Review: Pretty Yende Enterprising in New York Recital Debut

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pretty Yende's New York debut revealed a magnetically lush soprano and as much genuine warmth as boundless artistic confidence, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Classical Concerts Are Too Stuffy, Says Radiohead Guitarist

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jonny Greenwood is no fan of the traditional concert experience. In an interview on BBC Radio 5, he criticized classical concerts for being too stiff.
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FAA, Flight Attendants Square Off Over Music Devices on Planes

Friday, October 10, 2014

The nation's largest flight attendants union says it wants airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings.
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Soprano Pretty Yende's New York Story Began in Rural South Africa

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Soprano Pretty Yende, who returned to the Met last Monday in The Magic Flute and who will give her Carnegie recital debut this Monday night, has to continually pinch herself.
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Planet Opera: Toronto Beckons Singers and Their Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Canada has produced many magnificent opera singers but, in its customary self-effacing way, the country does not brag about them, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Australian Opera Company Cancels Carmen Over Fears it Promotes Smoking

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The West Australia Opera has said it will not program Carmen in the next two years, over fears that it would threaten $200,000 in sponsorship with a government health agency.
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Q&A: Lisa Batiashvili on New York Residency, Russia

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

When the violinist Lisa Batiashvili performs with the New York Philharmonic this year, there's much to watch for but one aspect of her career that won't be featured.
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Yo-Yo Ma's Daughter Did Not Want Her Father to Play Cello at Wedding

Monday, October 06, 2014

Emily Hornor Ma, the daughter of Yo-Yo Ma, was married on Sept. 27 at a church in Lenox, Mass., but asked her father not to play at the wedding.
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Michael Brown Protest Halts St. Louis Symphony Concert

Saturday, October 04, 2014

After the lights dimmed for the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of the Brahms Requiem Saturday night, the first solo voice that rang out was not that of the chorus.
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Soprano Amanda Majeski Manages Demanding Debut with Humor, Props

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Like many young sopranos, Amanda Majeski has been making her mark in the operas of Mozart. But unlike many, she's done so with a particular flair for the dramatic.
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Giulio Gatti Casazza: The General Manager Who Changed the Met

Friday, October 03, 2014

A new biography of Giulio Gatti Casazza, the Metropolitan Opera's manager from 1908 to 1935, reminds us of the value of strong arts administrators, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Names Daniele Gatti as Chief Conductor

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Italian conductor Daniele Gatti will become the next chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
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Rome Opera Fires its Orchestra and Chorus

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The disarray at Rome's largest opera house continued Thursday when the company's board voted to fire its choir and orchestra, and replace them with outsourced artists
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