Why Pianists Love Chopin

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Before they gather to play more than 10 hours of his work for solo piano, we asked performers in WQXR's All-Day Chopin Marathon about their connection to the composer.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Named Met's Next Music Director

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who in the 2020-21 season will assume the role held by James Levine, will have an immediate involvement in the company's artistic planning.
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7 Series in NYC Presenting World-Class Music for Free

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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From aural and literal fireworks in Central Park to a communal play-along of a Ravel masterpiece, here are gratis summer music performances in NYC to mark on your calendar.
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How Deborah Rutter Manages: A Conversation with the Kennedy Center President

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fred Plotkin sits down with Deborah Rutter for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
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Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graham Parker, who guided WQXR in its transition to a public radio station, will be moving on to the Universal Music Group in July.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Summer Productions in North America

Monday, May 23, 2016

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In his second column highlighting opera festivals and productions around the world, Fred Plotkin chronologically combs through the top events in North America.
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Forging a New Festival In and Inspired by the Mountains

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WQXR
The creative minds behind the Tippet Rise Art Center, which opens on June 17, spoke to WQXR about creating a destination for art and music lovers in the middle of remote Montana.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Europe's Leading Festivals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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In the first of two columns highlighting summer festivals abroad and at home, Fred Plotkin goes through the calendar to find Europe's best opera productions of the season and beyond.
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A Commencement Address to Vocal Arts Graduates, Class of 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

If Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin were to give a graduation commencement address, this is what he might say.
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New Version of 'Appalachian Spring' Completes What Copland Began

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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A collaboration between the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Martha Graham Dance Company and composer David Newman has created a new full orchestral version of the beloved ballet.
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In Arthur Miller's Plays, Subjects Are Operatic in Scope

Monday, May 09, 2016

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Though playwright Arthur Miller wasn't an opera fan, his plays are well suited to operatic adaptations, writes Fred Plotkin.
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7 Portraits of Mothers Who Influenced the Future of Music

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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In honor of Mother's Day, take a look at the women who bore and shaped some of the most famous figures in classical music. 
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Celebrating a Cultural Shrine on Its 125th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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As Carnegie Hall marks its 125th anniversary on May 5th, Fred Plotkin shares some of his most cherished memories of the beloved concert space.
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Sondra Radvanovsky to Replace Anna Netrebko as Norma

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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Anna Netrebko's decision to forgo upcoming performances of 'Norma' has forced casting changes among four different companies, including the Metropolitan Opera.
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Kelli O'Hara Crosses Over to Opera in Updated 'Dido and Aeneas'

Friday, April 29, 2016

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A new production of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' cast Broadway actors and debuted a new prologue to the 17th century work. David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the effort.
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Inside L.A. Opera's Young Artist Auditions

Friday, April 29, 2016

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Each year, talented singers audition for Los Angeles Opera's exclusive Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Fred Plotkin sat in on this year's proceedings.
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A Supporting Artist Who Steals the Show

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Maria Zifchak, a mezzo-soprano who's shined in character roles on the Metropolitan Opera stage "is in a class all of her own," writes Fred Plotkin.
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A Second 'Otello'? The Other Operas Inspired by Shakespeare

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Certainly you've heard of Verdi's 'Otello' and Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', but check out these lesser-known operas based on the same source material. 
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Violinist Yehudi Menuhin

Thursday, April 21, 2016

WQXR
Yehudi Menuhin didn't just play the violin ridiculously well, from mastering Yoga poses to jamming with gypsies, Clemency Burton-Hill illuminates lesser-known aspects of his legacy.
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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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