Quantcast

12 Pivotal Moments in Opera in 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This was the year of Bellini's Norma, whose title role has even frightened off Renee Fleming and has mostly been a mirage in the operatic past, writes David Patrick Stearns in this look back.

Read More

Comments [6]

The First Annual Excellence in Opera Awards (AKA The Freddies)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In 2013, Fred Plotkin attended 104 opera performances at 35 different companies. Here are the standout productions and recitals.

Read More

Comments [13]

High Notes and Low Tones for Classical Music in 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Every year brings concerts, recordings and opera productions. It also means new scandals and obsessions. Here are our arbitrarily granted citations for classical music in 2013.

Read More

Comments [13]

Tuba Christmas Rings Out at Rockefeller Center

Monday, December 16, 2013

“Heavy metal” took on a whole new meaning Sunday when more than 400 tuba and euphonium players belted out an array of holiday carols for the 40th annual Tuba Christmas.

Read More

Comments [2]

New Contract for New York Philharmonic

Friday, December 13, 2013

The New York Philharmonic and its musicians union announced an agreement Friday on a four-year labor contract.

Read More

Comments [1]

Locked-out Minnesota Orchestra Players Go Rogue with 10-Concert Season

Friday, December 13, 2013

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have announced a series of 10 self-produced concerts for the winter and spring.

Read More

Comments [1]

What the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Could Do for Opera

Friday, December 13, 2013

Despite heavy product placement and too much 3-D imagery, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular serves a purpose, writes Fred plotkin, of teaching young people to be good audience members.

Read More

Comments [6]

Video: Yo-Yo Ma Stuns Shoppers with Pop-Up Concert in Chicago Mall

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. And stressful. But a pop-up concert with Yo-Yo Ma can apparently draw shoppers away from their December to-do lists.

Read More

Comments [8]

Three Categories to Watch in the Classical Grammy Race

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Of the 81 Grammy categories, eight are devoted exclusively to classical music. Here are three categories to watch in advance of the awards.

Read More

Comments [3]

Kennedy Center Names its First Woman President

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named president of the Kennedy Center, becoming the first woman to lead the performing arts center since it opened in 1971.

Read More

Comments [1]

WQXR's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There’s still time to get the perfect present for the classical music lover on your list.

Read More

Comments [1]

Berlin Philharmonic Announces Fall 2014 Residency in New York

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Berlin Philharmonic on Monday announced a New York residency for October 2014 that will span six concerts and three of the city’s biggest cultural institutions.

Read More

Comments [3]

Totally Mozart: A London Company Takes on All of His Operas

Monday, December 09, 2013

What does it take to present all of Mozart's 20-plus operas? Operavore's Fred Plotkin talks to the founder of a London-based company that plans to do a two-decade cycle of the works.

Read More

Comments [3]

La Scala's La Traviata Opener Gets Mixed Reviews (Video)

Sunday, December 08, 2013

La Scala's gala season premiere Saturday opened with spontaneous applause for Nelson Mandela's memory and closed with mixed reviews for La Traviata.

Read More

Comments [5]

Review: In Metropolitan Opera's Falstaff, An Old Rogue Takes on a Dark Edge

Saturday, December 07, 2013

In Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff, 1950s England stands in for the Windsor of Shakespearean antiquity. The conceit mostly works, writes David Patrick Stearns.

Read More

Comments [12]

Milwaukee Symphony Faces 'Possible Extinction' Due to Budget Crisis

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Milwaukee Symphony plans to reduce the size of the ensemble and slash its performance schedule in an effort to address a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in its last fiscal year.

Read More

Comments [5]

Nelson Mandela, Sunsets and Classical Music

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In one often-repeated anecdote, one of Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.

Read More

Comments [23]

Benjamin Zander, Maestro Who Works to Motivate

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.

Read More

Comments [8]

Metro-North Derailment Victim Beloved Member of NYC Chorus

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A choral singer who was on her way to Manhattan for a performance of Handel’s Messiah was among the four victims in the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday.

Read More

Comments [2]

Looking for Maria Callas in Paris

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?

Read More

Comments [22]