Poll: What's the Greatest Gay Collaboration in Classical Music?

Friday, June 28, 2013

As pride weekend kicks off in New York, take our poll and tell us what you think: What have been the most productive gay collaborations in classical music?

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Uncovering the 'Real-Life' Inspiration to Verdi's La Traviata

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Several new books and a film screening allow Operavores to dig deeper into the artistic roots and afterlife of the world’s most frequently performed opera.

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Video: Czech Orchestra Brings Romance to Shopping Mall

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We know what you're thinking. Orchestra flash mobs are a bit stale. They've become vehicles for not-so-subtle corporate promotions and staged reaction shots. Hold that jaded response.

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Top Five Ambitious On-Location Operas

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It is one thing to just roll a piano outdoors. It’s another thing entirely to mount an entire opera in its actual setting. Here are five.

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New Jersey Symphony Promotes Oboist to CEO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After an ill-fated gamble on an outsider, the New Jersey Symphony has turned to a familiar face for its next leader. The orchestra on Wednesday named its oboist, James Roe, as its president and CEO.

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Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most aspiring opera singers must find ways to pay the bills and student loans while aiming for the stage. Some get day jobs, more than a few go to Europe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the operatic paycheck.

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Was Stravinsky Bisexual? If He Was, So What?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For Igor Stravinsky, questions of gay relationships have been periodically rumored but scarcely documented. A new book by biographer Robert Craft may start to change that.

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Glimmerglass Festival Hires Veteran NY Opera Conductor

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Glimmerglass Festival, an annual summer company in Cooperstown, NY, has named Joseph Colaneri its next music director, effective in 2014. He succeeds David Angus.

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Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera.

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Precious Chinese Instrument Damaged in Airline Mishap

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A precious Chinese instrument worth $50,000 and belonging to the noted musician Wu Man was damaged on a US Airways flight on Friday. She blames a flight attendant for dropping it.

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SF Opera Gambles on 'Gospel of Mary Magdalene'

Friday, June 21, 2013

Best known for his modest chamber opera "Little Women," composer Mark Adamo was looking for a more ambitious project to tackle when he happened upon a magazine article about Mary Magdalene.

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Understanding Opera Singers and their Health

Friday, June 21, 2013

Singers lead a rough life. They travel a great deal, being exposed to airplanes, jet lag, unfamiliar food, and people with germs who gush too long and too close. The result: a nonstop battle against sickness.

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175 Keyboardists Come out to Play on a West Village Block

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pachelbel's Canon in D has been heard at millions of weddings and countless dinner parties but, until this week, probably never on a 175 electronic keyboards.

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Why Applause is Contagious

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The quality of a performance doesn't correlate with the amount of applause it receives, according to a Swedish study. Instead, the process of clapping appears to be contagious.

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Buzz-Worthy Classical Music, Timed to the Cicada Beat

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This Sunday at 11 am, WQXR presents an hour of enchanting works of the past that evoke insects, flies and other creepy-crawlies.

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New York Philharmonic to Beam Stravinsky Production to Movie Theaters

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The New York Philharmonic said Wednesday that it will package its season-ending production, “A Dancer’s Dream,” featuring two Stravinsky ballets, for international cinema distribution.

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Video: Mozart's Violin Makes its US Debut

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last week, Mozart’s prized violin and viola made it to the U.S. for the first time. The instrument, owned by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, made its radio debut at WQXR.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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Watch: 88 Sing for Hope Pianos Congregate at Lincoln Center

Monday, June 17, 2013

Over the past two weeks, 88 pianos were spread throughout the five boroughs as part of the "Sing For Hope" public art installation. The instruments came together for a grand finale at Lincoln Center on Sunday.

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Video: Greek Orchestra, in Tears, Plays its Last Concert

Sunday, June 16, 2013

When the Greek government last week closed the country’s public broadcasting network, ERT, among the casualties was the Greek National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
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