A Verdian Season in New York

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last week, New York experienced a flurry of events honoring the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Fred Plotkin, who attended them, considers the composer's legacy. 
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Q2 Music's Meet the Composer Wins Peabody Award

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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The podcast, which takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of today's most innovative and compelling composers, was honored for excellence in the radio/podcast category.
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

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William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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James Levine Set to Retire from the Met

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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After a 45-year career at the Metropolitan Opera, the legendary maestro will become the organization's music director emeritus.
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Jed Bernstein Resigns as Lincoln Center President

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The president of Lincoln Center is leaving his position to pursue creative and producing opportunities.
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13 Vinyl Classics to Hear on Record Store Day

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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In honor of Record Store Day 2016 on Saturday, vinyl connoisseur and WQXR weekend host Paul Cavalconte has shared a baker's dozen of his favorite LPs from his personal collection.
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From Renaissance to Ragtime: How Jeremy Denk Crafted His Carnegie Program

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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The pianist, who will perform at Carnegie Hall on April 17, explains how he created his genre-bending program, which includes works from the 16th century to contemporary composers.
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How Old Is Too Old for the Opera Stage?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers ageism in opera, and what singers facing the twilight of their careers can still offer in performances.
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New Jersey Welcomes Its New Maestra

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Xian Zhang, the incoming music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, led her first concerts series since being named to the role and discussed her ambitions for the ensemble.
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Steinway's Grand Design: A Modern Temple to the Piano

Monday, April 11, 2016

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On Monday, Steinway opens its new flagship retail store with a state-of-the-art concert hall in Midtown New York. See images of the piano purveyor's new digs.
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Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Beverly Sills Award

Thursday, April 07, 2016

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The soprano, who made her Met debut last season, is the 11th recipient of the award and will receive $50,000 to help further her career. 
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Understanding Tragedy Through Art

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Fred Plotkin explores how art in its various forms can help provide clarity and meaning when the burden of great misfortunes and hardships becomes too difficult to bear.
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Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins 2016 Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 04, 2016

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Houston-based soprano Tamara Wilson, known for her portrayal of Verdi's heroines, is the recipient of the annual award with its $50,000 prize.
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With 'Yardbird,' Apollo and Opera Philadelphia Launch Partnership

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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The Apollo and Opera Philadelphia will follow their presentation of 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' with 'We Shall Not Be Moved' next year and a production to be presented in 2019. 
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6 Stranger-Than-Fiction Events that Inspired Alexander Chee

Monday, March 28, 2016

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The author of the new novel, 'Queen of the Night,' stops by to read an excerpt from his book and details the romantic and bizarre episodes from operatic history that entered his story.
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5 U.S. Opera Premieres Bringing American Subjects to the Stage

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Forget the pyramids of Egypt and the temples of ancient Greece, a new crop of operas commissioned by U.S. houses are bringing distinctly American operas to the stage. 
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Sondra Radvanovsky Completes Three Queens Triathlon at the Met

Friday, March 25, 2016

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Sondra Radvanovsky portrays the third of Donizetti's three queens in a new production of Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux' at the Met, which David Patrick Stearns reviews.
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Costanzo Shines in Orpheus Double Bill

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Matthew Aucoin's 'The Orphic Moment' premieres on a program with Gluck's 'Orfeo et Euridice,' as Anthony Roth Constanzo sings the title role in both. David Patrick Stearns weighs in.
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Living and Learning with 'Madama Butterfly'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin examines the way in which certain operas change and grow on us as time passes. He remembers how Madama Butterfly changed for him.
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