Steinway Says it's Close to Selling 57th St. Piano Showroom

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Steinway & Sons said Wednesday it is in “advanced negotiations” with a buyer for Steinway Hall, its longtime home on West 57th Street.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Dresden

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This Saxon city, so beautiful and so marked by centuries of tragedy and glory, was Richard Wagner’s second home. Fred Plotkin tells us why it matters today.

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After Hugo Chávez, What's Next for El Sistema?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on Tuesday has not only left a leadership vacuum but brought a tinge of uncertainty to one of the country’s most admired cultural products.

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New Jersey Arts Groups Protest Bill to Ban Paperless Tickets

Monday, March 04, 2013

Nonprofit arts venues in New Jersey are caught in the crosshairs of a fight over state legislation that would ban the use of paperless tickets to performances and sporting events.

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Kiri Te Kanawa To Guest Star on 'Downton Abbey'

Monday, March 04, 2013

The New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be joining the bluebloods on "Downton Abbey," PBS said in a statement over the weekend.

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Hundreds Pay Respects to Van Cliburn at Memorial Service

Sunday, March 03, 2013

About 1,400 people attended a memorial service for Cliburn, who died Wednesday at 78 after fighting bone cancer.

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Pondering the Mysteries of Parsifal

Friday, March 01, 2013

Wagner’s Parsifal is not my favorite opera and I doubt it ever will be," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet, it has taken rather firm hold of my imagination.

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Itzhak Perlman Brings Borough Park to Barclays Center

Friday, March 01, 2013

Thursday night at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, a couple dozen men in dark suits were seen praying in a corridor near the food court. These weren’t Brooklyn Nets fans.

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William Bennett, San Francisco Symphony Oboist, Dies at 56

Thursday, February 28, 2013

William Bennett, the San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist who collapsed while performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto on Saturday, died Thursday morning in a San Francisco hospital.

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Recordings Round-Up: Three Shades of Virtuosity

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Three recent recordings – by Jonas Kaufmann, Karina Gauvin and Max Emanuel Cencic – serve up wide-raging modes of delight and bravura.

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Listen: Van Cliburn's 1958 Broadcast Debut from Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On May 19, 1958, some five weeks after winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Van Cliburn gave a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.

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Piano Legend Van Cliburn Dies at 78

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn, one of the most celebrated American pianists of the modern age who also became one of its more enigmatic public figures, died on ­­­­Wednesday in Fort Worth, TX.

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Metropolitan Opera Announces 2013-14 Season with an English Accent

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday announced its 2013-14 season, which will feature six new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 14 revivals.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 Season

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers the Met's next season, which has some conspicuously absent singers but also the return of conductor James Levine.

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Oboe Player Who Collapsed Mid-Performance Remains Hospitalized

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

San Francisco Symphony principal oboist William Bennett, who collapsed in mid-performance of Strauss's Oboe Concerto, remains in a hospital in "guarded" condition Tuesday.

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Review: City Opera's Turn of the Screw Missing Spooky Thrills

Monday, February 25, 2013

"For all its musical clarity Sunday at BAM, Britten's opera failed to take possession (at least of me) in a way that it truly can," writes Operavore's David Patrick Stearns.

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German Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch Dies at 89

Sunday, February 24, 2013

German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, acclaimed for his musical brilliance and unpretentious leadership of the Bavarian State Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, has died. He was 89.

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Opera Companies from Mars, Audiences from Venus

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes on marketing strategies and dynamic pricing in today's opera companies in his follow up article about the future of performing arts institutions and audience loyalty.

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What I Subscribe To

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin ponders the role of subscriptions in the health of performance arts institutions.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera's Entrancing and Enigmatic Parsifal

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"The production isn’t for everybody, but so handsomely filled this five-hour-plus opera," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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