The Three Boldest - Yet Unknown - Tchaikovsky Heroines

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Most opera lovers are familiar with Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Lisa in The Queen of Spades, but Tchaikovsky also wrote some fabulous music for several other heroines.

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David Lang to Hold Carnegie Hall Composer's Chair

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

David Lang, the composer and co-founder of the organization Bang on a Can, has been named the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2013-2014 season.

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Newly 'Discovered' Beethoven Pieces Ignite Scholarly Debate

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Last month, two newly-reconstructed Beethoven works were given world premieres within weeks of one another. But can these fragmentary thoughts bring genuine insights?

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Cloaks and Baggers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Opera fans can be woefully sloppy, writes Fred Plotkin, taking their seats with rumpled coats and multiple shopping bags in tow. Theaters make matters worse by not providing adequate coat check facilities.

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Audra McDonald to Host 'Live from Lincoln Center'

Monday, November 26, 2012

The actress and soprano Audra McDonald is moving to the role of host for the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center.” She will fill a position that has been vacant since another soprano, Beverly Sills, died in 2007.

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A History of Opera Considers a Time When All Opera Was 'New Music'

Monday, November 26, 2012

A new 600-page history of opera is a "bracingly intelligent postmortem" that "inspires a good deal of hope about a supposedly lifeless corpus," writes Marion Lignana Rosenberg.

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2012 Holiday Guide: A Concert for Every Taste

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Yorkers have no shortage of opportunities to celebrate the holidays with festive music. Here is a guide to some of the noteworthy Christmas-related concerts.

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Chita Rivera, Almost 80, Can't Sit Still

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rivera originated some of theater's most memorable roles, including Anita in 1957's "West Side Story," and is currently starring in the ensemble musical "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood."

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Dance Break: Opera's Three Catchiest Dance Tunes

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today we are tripping the light fantastic with F. Paul Driscoll, Editor-in-Chief of Opera News magazine. He joins WQXR Host Midge Woolsey in the studio to share his three favorite opera dance scenes.

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NEA Chairman to Step Down After 3 Years

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is stepping down after three years on the job.

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Berenice Has Her Moment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Berenice is suddenly everywhere, writes Fred Plotkin. "In the past week I have encountered her in London, at Carnegie Hall and, Tuesday night she was at the Metropolitan Opera."

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The Top Five Tastiest Feasts in Opera

Monday, November 19, 2012

As many music lovers prepare for Thanksgiving meals, we've sniffed out the five tastiest feasts that are served up on the opera stage.

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Daniel Barenboim Plans Academy for Israeli and Arab Musicians

Monday, November 19, 2012

Having brought together Arab and Israeli musicians for his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the conductor Daniel Barenboim now plans to create a school in Berlin for musicians from the Middle East.

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Faking for the Cameras: Christopher Walken Plays Cellist in 'A Late Quartet'

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."

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Planet Opera London: Discovering Handel and his Times

Friday, November 16, 2012

A visit to the Handel House Museum, the composer's former home in London, inspires blogger Fred Plotkin to consider his place in the operatic canon. 

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Steinway to Sell its Landmark Hall for $195 Million

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The music could be over soon at Steinway Hall, the elegant, 87-year-old piano showroom near Carnegie Hall.

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Delta Ejects Cello, Musician From SkyMiles Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A cellist who had been collecting frequent flier miles on his instrument for the past 11 years won’t be getting any more free flights.

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Beethoven and Michelangelo: Colossal Utopianism

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Michelangelo is to art what Beethoven is to music," writes Fred Plotkin. "Beethoven’s music is so life-affirming and we get a sense of the greatness of human potential in his music and in Michelangelo’s art."

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A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of Opera Boston

Monday, November 12, 2012

When Opera Boston folded early this year and its ambitious plans were scrapped - almost. The planned centerpiece of the company’s 2012 season was reconceived as a concert opera Saturday night.

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Kelli O'Hara to sing 'Carousel' with Philharmonic

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kelli O'Hara will be taking a break from singing Gershwin songs on Broadway early next year - to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes with the The New York Philharmonic.

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