Bolshoi's Artistic Director Attacked with Acid in Moscow

Friday, January 18, 2013

Russian police say Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns after a masked man threw acid in his face.

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The Top Five Pop Culture-Inspired Rigoletto Productions

Friday, January 18, 2013

When the Metropolitan Opera opens a new Rigoletto production inspired by Rat Pack–era Las Vegas, it will be one in of a spate of new contexts for this warhorse.

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Young Afghan Musicians to Tour US

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Afghan Youth Orchestra is to begin a 12-day U.S. tour that includes concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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Houston Grand Opera to Stage its First Ring Cycle

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Houston becomes the latest opera company to put a ring on it next season. The announcement comes as the Houston Symphony gets a new conductor.

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Planet Opera: In Italy's Small Towns, Opera is Anything But Provincial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Four cities in Italy have created what is known as the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, a consortium that works collaboratively to create four opera productions every season. Fred Plotkin reports from Italy.

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Itzhak Perlman to Take Center Court at Barclays Center

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The violinist Itzhak Perlman will give a concert with Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, the cantor from the Park East Synagogue in the Barclay's Center next month.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Gets a Reboot Under New Maestro

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new conductor this season: the 37-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Composer Mychael Danna Wins Golden Globe for 'Life of Pi'

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Canadian composer Mychael Danna won the Golden Globe award for best original score Sunday for his work on the fantasy-adventure film "Life of Pi."

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New Jersey Symphony CEO Quits Amid Questions into Past

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Richard Dare has quit his new post at the New Jersey Symphony after questions about his personal and professional past emerged in a lengthy New York Times investigation.

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Exclusive Preview: New Wagner Museum Opens in Germany

Friday, January 11, 2013

A new museum dedicated to Richard Wagner opens this weekend near Dresden. Located in a former hunting lodge, it opens as the world gets ready to mark his 200th anniversary, reports Fred Plotkin.

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One Man's Trash is Another Man's…$35,000 Violin

Friday, January 11, 2013

A man who found a violin among some trash by the side of the road in San Antonio, TX, has learned that the instrument is a 1922 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin.

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Simon Rattle to Leave Berlin Philharmonic in 2018

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Simon Rattle will leave his post as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic when his contract ends in 2018, he said Thursday.

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Best Original Score Nominations Include Presidential Biopic and Fantasy Adventure

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning with John Williams once again up for a Best Score statuette.

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Prototype Festival Tests Notion that Modern Opera is Dead

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In the face of a "dwindling of new works," an opera festival highlights ready-to-tour productions of modern chamber operas.

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Opera and the Internet: Making Links

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"When technological devices demand our attention and we feel we are missing something if we don’t constantly check for updates, then we use our time and our senses in different ways," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Coming Soon: The Operavore Radio Show on WQXR

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A new year brings a new show on WQXR. Starting January 19, Operavore unveils a new 30-minute radio show devoted entirely to the world of opera.

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Classical Label Climbs Back After Sandy Submerges Office

Monday, January 07, 2013

Eight weeks after Sandy, the offices of New Amsterdam Records, an independent record label in Red Hook, Brooklyn, remain battered.

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New York Philharmonic Musician Mesmerizes Internet with 'Trombone Silliness'

Monday, January 07, 2013

David Finlayson, the second trombonist in the New York Philharmonic, gives us an instrument's-eye view by attaching a GoPro camera to his trombone slide.

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For Alagna and Gheorghiu - Opera's 'Posh and Becks' - End of an Era

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s announcement last week that she and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna, are getting a divorce surprised few in the opera world.

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Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up in 2012

Friday, January 04, 2013

Classical album sales dropped sharply, by 20.5 percent, in 2012, to 7.5 million copies. In 2011, 9.4 million were sold. It was the largest drop of any genre except for jazz.

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