Planet Opera: New Film Captures the Glowing Light of Aix-en-Provence

Friday, May 10, 2013

A documentary about the rehearsal for a new production of La Traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the French town's mix of charm and beauty.

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Adapting 'The Great Gatsby': Film or Opera?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The return of "The Great Gatsby" to cinemas comes just as composer John Harbison's opera adaptation getting some fresh attention in concert halls. Coincidence?

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Nazi-themed Tannhauser Creates Scandal in Germany

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A production of Tannhauser is causing a stir because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and members of a family having their heads shaved before being executed.

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After Upheaval, Detroit Symphony Charts a New Course

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performances at the 2013 Spring for Music festival represent a dramatic reversal of fortunes, and one that can only happen among modern-day American orchestras.

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Opera's Top Sister Acts

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

In opera, and not only, sisters are doing it for themselves. It seems that everywhere I look and listen lately, there is a suora, soeur, cесtра or schwester on an operatic stage. I am in the midst of attending my 47th complete Ring Cycle (yes, I know...) and am writing this just after hearing a musically gratifying performance of Die Walküre at the Met. Deborah Voigt has added colors and texture to her Walküre Brünnhilde since I first heard it two years ago. It is always heartening to see an artist who deepens her approach to a role rather then simply repeat what she has already done.

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To Tux or Not? Concert Attire Redesign Focuses on Musicians' Comfort

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Parsons School and the Baltimore Symphony sought to create new concepts for fashionable orchestra attire. Here's how it turned out.

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Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Threatens to Quit

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Osmo Vanska says he will resign as music director if the orchestra loses a prestigious concert at Carnegie Hall in November because of the ongoing lockout.

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Iron Mezzo: Elizabeth Bishop to Sing Two Roles in One Day at Met

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Elizabeth Bishop is expected to join the few who have sung two major roles in a single day at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Born to Love Opera

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"I wonder whether regular exposure to certain types of music, particularly opera and song, could favorably affect developing fetuses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder Chooses Mozart for Walk-Up Music

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

For his walk-up music for his at-bats, Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder has the public-address system at Comerica Park play the Mozart Requiem.

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Met Museum Concert Series Expands into Galleries for 2013-14 Season

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday announced its 2013-14 season of concerts and lectures, one that expands the number of events taking place in the museum’s galleries.

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Recordings Round-Up: Four Men Who Follow the Lieder

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A present-day sorcerer, a rising star, a beloved veteran, and Schubert-inspired Yiddishkeit: Operavores who enjoy great Lieder singing will find much to savor in these recent releases.

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Revered Cellist Janos Starker Dies at 88

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Janos Starker, the Hungarian-born cellist synonymous with refinement as well as pedagogy, having taught thousands of cellists, died Sunday at his home in Bloomington, IN. He was 88 years old.

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Opera Based on Real-Life Holocaust Survivors to Premiere

Saturday, April 27, 2013

There's a new opera premiering this month called Steal a Pencil for Me. It's about a real-life Jewish couple from the Netherlands who survived the Holocaust.

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Edvard Grieg: The Opera Composer That Might Have Been

Friday, April 26, 2013

There is a subset of orchestral composers who wrote gorgeous songs and had a clear understanding of the human voice, writes Fred Plotkin. One was Mahler. Another is Edvard Grieg.

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iTunes Celebrates a Decade, Faces New Challenges

Friday, April 26, 2013

When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.

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Bayreuth Festival to Name New Managing Director

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Die Welt newspaper reports that Heinz Dieter Sense will become director of Bayreuth just as the Richard Wagner 200th anniversary year is picking up steam.

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Santa Fe Opera Taps Early-Music Specialist Harry Bicket

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Harry Bicket, the British star of the early music movement, is to be the next chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera, starting in October.

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On the Music: Eight Singers, One Song

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old school or new, singers approach Schubert’s “An die Musik” with a variety of nuances, tempos and inflections. Fred Plotkin considers eight different approaches, with video examples.

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An 'Opera Teen' Builds an Internet Fan Base

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Before his appearance on the Operavore show this Saturday, we asked Harry Rose—aka Opera Teen—about his entry into the world of opera, where audiences are typically four times his age.

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