Video: One-Minute Opera on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The composer Michel van der Aa has created a one-minute opera for a Dutch television show about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

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La Scala's Incoming Boss Takes Aim at Booing Superfans

Friday, March 21, 2014

Being booed and heckled is part of the game for singers at La Scala. But Alexander Pereira, who becomes La Scala’s new director on October 1, wants to silence the “hissing hooligans."

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Minnesota Orchestra CEO Michael Henson to Step Down

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra said Thursday that its president and CEO Michael Henson will resign this fall, ending a seven-year tenure that saw both record fundraising and severe labor turmoil.

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San Diego Opera no Longer Operable, Votes to Close

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The board of the opera that has been a city cultural institution for 49 years voted overwhelmingly to shut down Wednesday.

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What's the Sound of Springtime in Classical Music?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is there a place for season-specific programming in classical music? Must summer always mean pops and winter heartier fare? And what should signify spring? Tell us as we mark the first day of the Vernal Equinox.

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Throwback Thursday: Tito Gobbi (#tbt)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.

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The Most Beautiful Tenor Aria? Hear Plácido Domingo Sing Them All

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What is it the most beautiful tenor aria of all? Operavore's Fred Plotkin ventures a list of candidates, and supplies clips of the arias all sung by Placido Domingo.

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Jeremy Denk Wins Avery Fisher Prize

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jeremy Denk, the pianist, writer and recent MacArthur Fellow, has been given the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, a $75,000 award to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in music.

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Musical Chairs on Piano Row as Klavierhaus Moves Out

Monday, March 17, 2014

New York's Piano Row just got a bit smaller. Klavierhaus, a favored haunt for international pianists since the 1990s, on Monday moved out of its storefront headquarters on West 58th St.

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James Galway Talks Irish Music, Plays the Tin Whistle

Monday, March 17, 2014

"The Man With the Golden Flute" joined Jeff Spurgeon on St. Patrick's Day to talk about his Irish upbringing and a new online teaching method for flute.

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Album Spotlight: John Adams's Gospel a Pointed Social Critique

Sunday, March 16, 2014

John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary is a stepping-off point to confront oppression through the ages, with the Biblical story fluidly cross-cutting with scenes of modern life.

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March Madness: The Maddest Scenes in Opera

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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It’s the March Madness Matinee. This week March Madness comes to Operavore with a full length opera every day at 2 pm on the Operavore Stream.

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Rare Gem: Wagner Sung in an Irish Brogue

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The music of Richard Wagner has been sung in several different languages including French, Italian and English. It's also been sung with a thick Irish brogue, courtesy of tenor John McCormack.

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Throwback Thursday: Rosa Ponselle (#tbt)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Rosa Ponselle.

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Collapsed East Harlem Building Owned by Piano Shop Proprietor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of two East Harlem buildings that collapsed Wednesday morning after an apparent explosion was owned by the proprietor of Absolute Piano, a neighborhood shop.

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Maestros I Would Like to See (and Hear) at the Met

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claudio Abbado’s passing set Fred Plotkin to thinking about conductors whom he would love to hear leading performances at the Met. Here are a dozen standouts.

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'Mozart in the Jungle': Amazon Studios Picks Up Classical Music Tell-All

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle, oboist Blair Tindall's tell-all memoir of life as a freelance musician in New York City, will be made into a 10-episode series for Amazon Studios, Variety reported on Tuesday.

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Study: Audiences Identify Top Orchestras by Appearance More Than Sound

Monday, March 10, 2014

When it comes to judging a performance, audiences are just as likely to focus on an orchestra’s stage presence as its musical prowess, according to a newly-published study.

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Man Lauded as Japan Beethoven Sorry for Fake Work

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed that his famed compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

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Revolutionary Opera Director Gerard Mortier Dies

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

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