New York Philharmonic to Spotlight Avant-Garde in 2014 Biennial

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For audiences accustomed to the lighter, friendlier style of contemporary music that is customary among American orchestras, this festival may provide a bracing jolt.

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Spring Awakening: Activity at NYC's Small Opera Companies

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.

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Using Bike Share to Get to the Concert on Time

Monday, May 27, 2013

With the introduction of the nation’s largest bike-sharing program on Monday, New Yorkers now have another way to attempt making the concert on time.

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La Scala Scales Back on Productions Due to Crisis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy's economic crisis, the theater's general manager said.

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Planet Opera: A San Francisco Treat

Friday, May 24, 2013

"You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco has a lot to like," writes Fred Plotkin. Along with its food, art, weather, sports and other virtues, that includes great opera.

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History's Most Notorious Lover Emerges in Theater and Song

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Giacomo Variations, a “chamber opera play” starring John Malkovich as the legendary lover, will have its US premiere. Marion Lignana Rosenberg reports.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Festivals for 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Whether you're headed to Cape Cod, the Hamptons or points upstate, summer is the season for music festivals. Here are 15 highlights. Consult our map to find the quickest getaway route

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Video: Welsh National Opera Singer Proposes Marriage to Fellow Chorus Member

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Welsh National Opera singer Joe Roche asked fellow chorus member Paula Greenwood to marry him before an audience of 700 during a dress rehearsal of Wagner's Lohengrin.

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Henri Dutilleux, Leading French composer, Dies at Age 97

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Henri Dutilleux, one of France’s leading composers, died Wednesday in Paris at the age of 97. His death came on the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth.

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Richard Wagner, Love Him or Hate Him?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses the question that that he is asked most often: “How/why can you like Wagner?” The answer: It's complicated.

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Metropolitan Opera Says it Has Disbanded its Ballet Corps

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's resident ballet company is no more. The company has decided to disband the troupe, which has been dwindling in numbers, from 16 in 2011 to 8 presently.

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Judge Allows Composer to Sue Brooklyn Philharmonic for Breach of Contract

Monday, May 20, 2013

The composer Nathan Currier can go ahead with a lawsuit against the Brooklyn Philharmonic, which ended the premiere of his oratorio mid-performance at Lincoln Center.

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Review: James Levine, Wheelchair-Bound, Returns from 2-Year Absence

Monday, May 20, 2013

After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.

 

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Our Emotions Match Colors to Music, Says Berkeley Study

Sunday, May 19, 2013

According to a study by the University of California, Berkeley, we are hardwired to associate anything from Ravel to Radiohead with a particular hue from the color spectrum.

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Why are Opera Fans so Fascinated with James Levine?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The hardest-working maestro in show business returned to the podium on Sunday after a two-year absence. We look at why opera fans are so intrigued with James Levine.

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In Opera, and at the Museum, Clothing Makes the Character

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two current exhibits at the Met Museum prompt blogger Fred Plotkin to consider how "singers need to be taught how to wear costumes, not only for proper movement but for creation of character."

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German Theater Groups Criticize Cancellation of Nazi-Themed Tannhauser

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf has faced mounting scrutiny for canceling a controversial Nazi-themed production of Wagner's Tannhäuser last week.

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Boston Symphony Names Andris Nelsons as New Music Director

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday named Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as its next music director, ending a two-year search.

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Lincoln Center Names Jed Bernstein as its Next President

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jed Bernstein, a veteran Broadway producer, administrator and fundraiser, is to be the president of Lincoln Center. He takes over from Reynold Levy.

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Mercury's Surface is Littered with Classical Composers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NASA’s Messenger probe recently became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, having completed an extended two-year mission in March.

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