Stage Malfunction, Boos Greet Opening of Bayreuth Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014

With German political leaders as well as regular opera fans watching nervously, the opening night of the Bayreuth Festival was disrupted by an hour-long technical breakdown.

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Man Gets 3.5 Years in Prison for Stradivarius Theft

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison.

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Met Opera Building Workers Rally at Lincoln Center

Friday, July 25, 2014

The rally by the union representing the Metropolitan Opera’s janitors, ushers and security guards came a day after the company's management warned of a potential lockout.

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Met Opera Warns Unions of a Lockout

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Met's union negotiations will enter a tension-filled new phase on Friday when lawyers for management and orchestra musicians return to the bargaining table for the first time since early May.

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Billy Joel Wins Gershwin Prize

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Obama to Present National Medal of Arts to BAM, Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a White House ceremony on Monday at 3 pm.

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Photo of the Day: 'Cowboy' Violists from New York

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt hold an unusual rehearsal this week in Vail, Colorado.

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Key London Symphony Musician Killed in Car Crash

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roderick Franks, a trumpeter who anchored the London Symphony Orchestra's brass section for the past 25 years, died on Sunday after a car accident.

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‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Video: This Is How They Did Summer Parks Concerts in 1961

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 1961 report on the Glyndebourne Festival in Sussex, England presents a rather dramatic contrast to the modern-day parks concert concept.

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Planet Opera: Japan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explores the world of Kabuki and modern Japanese operas.

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Eminent Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who became one of the most powerful, brilliant and enigmatic conductors of the late 20th century, died on Sunday in Castleton, Virginia. He was 84.

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Anna Netrebko is Engaged

Friday, July 11, 2014

The singers began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House.

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Review: Grand Production Fails to Animate The Passenger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera The Passenger is not the great, cathartic Holocaust opera that we've been waiting for, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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For Soprano Cecilia López, a Path to Opera Through Mariachi

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for an opera singer to start out by dabbling in rock music or show tunes. But for the young soprano Cecilia Violetta López, the entrée to singing was Mexican mariachi music.

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Violinist Vanessa Mae's Pre-Sochi Ski Results Rigged, Say Officials

Friday, July 11, 2014

Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music: A Guide for All Interests - Part Two

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin offers part two of his guide to opera in New York City, for listeners who are into great voices, rarities and edgy work.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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GOP Lawmakers Try to Ease New Curbs on Ivory Sales

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments and others.

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Seven Stunning Photos of Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A portfolio of photographs offers a unique perspective on the classical music scene as it's played out in different corners of the world.

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