Pope's Playlist: Pontiff Reveals Classical Favorites

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pope Francis, long reputed to be an opera lover, has opened up about his tastes in classical music, which turn out to be remarkably voracious and specific.

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Seven Stunning Modernist Pieces Embraced by Hollywood

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's a maxim of both Hollywood and classical music: dissonant, experimental scores which may cause orchestra subscribers to flee in terror have found a comfortable home in mainstream cinema.

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Review: City Opera's Anna Nicole Tells Tabloid Saga

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If applause alone could cure the New York City Opera's financial ills, the company would be in the pink following Tuesday's opening of the Mark-Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Watch: Verdi vs. Wagner 200th Birthday Debate with Stephen Fry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Royal Opera House in London hosted an Intelligence Squared debate on Sunday on the question of Verdi vs. Wagner, the full video of which has since been posted online.

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New York City Opera Fights for Survival Using Kickstarter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When New York City Opera turned to Kickstarter as part of an emergency effort to raise $1 million by September 30, it did so against some immense odds.

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Planet Opera: An Opera-Lover's Guide to Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Opera lovers in Washington, DC may not be the most demonstrative around, seldom with a "bravo" or "boo," but they can still recognize the city's rich offerings for fans of classical voice, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Anna Netrebko to Open Third Met Season in a Row

Monday, September 16, 2013

Already one of the most famous singers in the world, Anna Netrebko is about to claim a new title at the Metropolitan Opera: The prima donna is becoming a "three-ma" donna.

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Fullback Fugue: Pianist Tackles Football Themes in New Video

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A musician named Ansel Wallenfang has created "Fantasy Football & Fugue," a video featuring a fugue built of NFL themes from the four networks that broadcast pro football games.

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Kennedy Center Honor a Flourish to Martina Arroyo's Remarkable Career

Friday, September 13, 2013

Harlem-born soprano Martina Arroyo was one of five artists nominated for a Kennedy Center honor on Thursday. Fred Plotkin says the award was richly deserved.

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Embattled Minnesota Orchestra Unveils Renovated Concert Hall

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Minnesota Orchestra unveiled its newly remodeled concert hall to the local news media on Thursday but don't buy your plane tickets to Minneapolis just yet.

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Boston Opera? It's Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Sunday, a new opera company will make its d├ębut in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera Casting Details Confirmed

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Madrid's Teatro Real on Thursday announced new details for Charles Wuorinen's long-awaited opera version of Brokeback Mountain.

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Why Do Car Makers Like Musical Names?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

As automakers show off their latest designs at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we wanted to know: what's with all of the musical car names? Here's a look at some of them.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Video: Teenage Guitarist Rocks Vivaldi, Goes Viral

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Last month, a teenage French guitarist who goes by the name Tina S. released a video of herself playing "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. It quickly went viral.

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Video: Zubin Mehta Concert in Kashmir Has Discordant Backdrop

Monday, September 09, 2013

A concert Sunday by conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-administered Kashmir took place amid tight security and objections from separatist groups who are fighting New Delhi's rule.

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Cash Crisis Threatens New York City Opera Season

Sunday, September 08, 2013

New York City Opera will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of next season if it does not raise $20 million by the end of the year, company officials said on Sunday.

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First Look: Stradivarius Hometown in Italy gets Violin Museum

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Norma: Loved Her, Hated It

Friday, September 06, 2013

"The production and the performances were incredible, unbelievable, singular, unforgettable and many other adjectives that can imply both the state of ultrawonderfulness and ultradreadfulness."

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Last Night of the Proms Tinged With Themes of Equality

Friday, September 06, 2013

During the Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop spoke on behalf of women conductors and Joyce DiDonato sang "Somewhere over the Rainbow" for gay rights.

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