Is Stockholm Ready for a New Opera House?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sweden is the last Nordic country without a gleaming new opera house. Fred Plotkin considers whether this country renowned for its design can pull one off.
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Audra McDonald Takes to Twitter to Criticize Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

Friday, March 27, 2015

Audra McDonald has taken to Twitter to sharply criticize Indiana's new law that allows businesses the right to deny service to gays and lesbians.
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In New York Philharmonic Conductor Search, Don’t Ignore the Audience

Friday, March 27, 2015

Are we looking in the right place for the next music director for the New York Philharmonic? WQXR General Manager Graham Parker considers what's really needed.
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Opera World Mourns Germanwings Plane Crash Victims

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The opera world is mourning the loss of Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak, the two singers who were among the 150 victims of Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash.
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Pierre Boulez at 90: His Top Five Transformations

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday, here are five examples of his perfectionism as a composer.
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National Recording Registry Adds Joan Tower's Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Joan Tower's cheekily provocative responses to Aaron Copland are now preserved in the National Recording Registry.
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Opera Singers Among Victims of Germanwings Plane Crash

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opera singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were among the 150 people on board the plane that crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps.
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Pierre Boulez at 90: Interviews from the NYPR Archives

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

For Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday, we spotlight his New York Public Radio appearances.
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Scratch-and-Win to Support Opera Companies?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An interesting option to help nonprofit arts organizations with particular needs is through a state or federal lottery, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.
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Keeping Classical Cool: Oldest US Arts Group Turns 200

Monday, March 23, 2015

Before Beyonce, there were the Beatles. Before the Beatles, there was Brahms. And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society.
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Met Opera Names 2015 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The largest talent contest in American opera, the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday, yielding five winners from nine finalists.
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Video: Ice-Cream Truck Plays Schoenberg on College Campus

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Earlier this month, the University of Southern California – where Schoenberg once taught – introduced a novel effort to disseminate his 12-tone music to the masses
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Met Museum's Marble Statues 'Star' in New Opera

Friday, March 20, 2015

The marble statues in the Met Museum's Vélez Blanco Patio are the stars of a new site-specific "video opera" based on La Celestina.
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Gustavo Dudamel and Wife File for Divorce

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gustavo Dudamel’s wife, Eloisa Maturen, has filed for divorce according to Los Angeles court records released Thursday. The couple has been married for nine years.
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Neat vs. Messy: Which is Better For Creativity?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are messy individuals more innovative? As thoughts turn to spring cleaning, here's how several composers have approached the question of neatness.
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Video: Bach Meets the Jackson 5 in Piano Guys' Video

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Say what you will about The Piano Guys – they know how to put together a video-ready classical mashup.
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Top Five Infamous Cases of Stage Fright

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The new documentary “Seymour: An Introduction” looks at the life of the piano teacher Seymour Bernstein, who was afflicted by crippling stage fright. He wasn't alone.
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In Opera, If the Shoe Fits...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are reasons why opera singers need practical shoes, from daunting stage steps to sexy legs and short tenors. Fred Plotkin considers the role of footwear in opera.
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Five Musicians Receive Avery Fisher Career Grants

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tonight at 10 pm, tune in for a one-hour radio version of the Avery Fisher Career Grants ceremony, recorded last month in The Greene Space.
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There's More to Irish Classical Music Than Folk Arrangements

Monday, March 16, 2015

If any nation was guilty of neglecting its musical heritage, Ireland is probably not it. Find out why, and check out WQXR's St. Patrick's Day programming lineup.
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