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Planet Opera: Verona, Con Brio

Friday, November 01, 2013

Most people, when asked what comes to their minds first when they hear the name of Verona, immediately reply, “Romeo and Juliet!" As Fred Plotkin tells us, there's much more to discover.

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Sink Your Teeth into Marschner's The Vampire

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As a special Halloween treat, Operavore is featuring a brand new recording of Heinrich Marschner's two-act opera Der Vampyr, or The Vampire. It streams at 2 pm and 8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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Gallery: Ten Classical Musicians We'd Invite to a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some classical musicians have a special knack for getting in the spirit of creepy characters and spooky alter-egos. On this Halloween, here are ten standouts.

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Month of Mozart Specials on the Operavore Stream

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As WQXR devotes November to life and career of Mozart, the Operavore stream will present a wide assortment of the composer's vocal works including his pivotal operas.

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Planet Opera: Busseto, At Home With Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Verdi's hometown is a special place, writes Fred Plotkin, with its misty climate and landmarks connected to the composer. It also faces some alarming financial difficulties.

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Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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Chamber Music Society to Summer in Saratoga

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing caps a day of betting on the ponies like a night of chamber music. That's what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is gambling as it establishes a new summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

Monday, October 28, 2013

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, the highest honor bestowed by a U.N. chief on accomplished individuals in any field.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera Recreates Seminal Event in 'Baden-Baden 1927'

Monday, October 28, 2013

With "Baden-Baden 1927," Gotham Chamber Opera presented four one-act works by Ernest Toch, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. David Patrick Stearns considers the results.

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What Lou Reed Gave Classical Music

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The rock 'n' roll iconoclast was more than punk's most important ancestor. But his career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist inspired many classical musicians who yearned to walk on the wild side.

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Lincoln Center Expands Bargain Ticket Booth

Friday, October 25, 2013

Uptown performing arts organizations are getting their own version of the TKTS Booth.

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Plotkin's Guide to Italian Opera Performances in 2013-14

Friday, October 25, 2013

Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.

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Pianist Christian Zacharias Halts Concert to Berate Cellphone User

Friday, October 25, 2013

The pianist Christian Zacharias halted a performance Wednesday night with the Gothenburg Symphony after an audience member's phone began to ring. See what happens next.

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Video: Violinist Amadeus Leopold Does Extreme Paganini

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amadeus Leopold, the violinist/performance artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin, has released a video featuring his own flamboyant take on Paganini's Caprice No. 24.

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Video: Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony in a World Series Faceoff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The brass sections of the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras are sounding off for their respective hometown teams in the World Series.

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Review: Hypnotic and Frank, Muhly's Two Boys Gets U.S. Premiere at the Met

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nico Muhly's Two Boys has an intentionally creepy sexual frankness that goes beyond anything previously seen on the Met stage, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Is a New Law Good for Italian Opera Houses?

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the wake of New York City Opera's demise, Fred Plotkin notes, "Italy is besieged in ways we cannot imagine. And yet they understand that culture is worth talking about and trying to save."

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Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Monday, October 21, 2013

The high auction price of the "Titanic Violin" mirrors the price rises in the rare string instrument trade over the past decade. Here are the top ten.

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Titanic Violin Sells for Over $1.6M at Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

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Tangled Web: Internet-Based Opera to Open at Met

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed Two Boys that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over.

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