La Scala Names New General Manager

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

La Scala's board of directors has named the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival Alexander Pereira as the opera house's new general manager.

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Lang Lang Foundation Gala Raises $1.2 Million

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Co-founded by the extrovert pianist, the charitable venture aims to raise awareness for educational programs in schools and award young classical musicians with scholarships.

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Planet Opera: Philadelphia for Operavores

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.

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James Judd Named Music Director of Little Orchestra Society

Monday, June 03, 2013

The English conductor succeeds the late Dino Anagnost, and will be tasked with rebuilding the chamber orchestra's concert series.

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Istanbul Music Festival Cancels Opening Ceremonies Due to Protests

Monday, June 03, 2013

Three days of clashes between protesters and riot police in Istanbul have prompted the Istanbul Music Festival to call off its opening night gala concert, scheduled for Tuesday.

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Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.

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New York Grand Opera Company Cancels Central Park Season, Citing Weather

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New York Grand Opera Company has scrapped its two summer opera performances in Central Park, citing the weather.

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Voices of Summer

Friday, May 31, 2013

"There has been a stunning revival of opera in unusual places this year, much of it in spring and summer, a period when opera offerings were once meager," writes Fred Plotkin. Here are a few highlights.

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Katherine Jenkins Denies Being Dropped by Record Label

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Welsh crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, who in 2008 signed what is believed to be the biggest classical recording deal in history, has parted ways with her label, Warner Brothers.

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Oregon Symphony Players Forgo Pay to Close Deficit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

After having cancelled Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the cash-strapped orchestra have agreed to forgo their end-of-season salary payment.

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New York Philharmonic to Spotlight Avant-Garde in 2014 Biennial

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For audiences accustomed to the lighter, friendlier style of contemporary music that is customary among American orchestras, this festival may provide a bracing jolt.

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Spring Awakening: Activity at NYC's Small Opera Companies

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.

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Using Bike Share to Get to the Concert on Time

Monday, May 27, 2013

With the introduction of the nation’s largest bike-sharing program on Monday, New Yorkers now have another way to attempt making the concert on time.

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La Scala Scales Back on Productions Due to Crisis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy's economic crisis, the theater's general manager said.

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Planet Opera: A San Francisco Treat

Friday, May 24, 2013

"You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco has a lot to like," writes Fred Plotkin. Along with its food, art, weather, sports and other virtues, that includes great opera.

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History's Most Notorious Lover Emerges in Theater and Song

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Giacomo Variations, a “chamber opera play” starring John Malkovich as the legendary lover, will have its US premiere. Marion Lignana Rosenberg reports.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Festivals for 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Whether you're headed to Cape Cod, the Hamptons or points upstate, summer is the season for music festivals. Here are 15 highlights. Consult our map to find the quickest getaway route

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Video: Welsh National Opera Singer Proposes Marriage to Fellow Chorus Member

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Welsh National Opera singer Joe Roche asked fellow chorus member Paula Greenwood to marry him before an audience of 700 during a dress rehearsal of Wagner's Lohengrin.

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Henri Dutilleux, Leading French composer, Dies at Age 97

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Henri Dutilleux, one of France’s leading composers, died Wednesday in Paris at the age of 97. His death came on the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth.

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Richard Wagner, Love Him or Hate Him?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses the question that that he is asked most often: “How/why can you like Wagner?” The answer: It's complicated.

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