As New York City Opera Seeks New Identity, a Nod to its Past

Friday, April 12, 2013

This Sunday, New York City Opera will perform at City Center on West 55th street for the first time since 1965. The homecoming happens as the company looks to forge a new identity.

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Montserrat Caballé: Ultimate Diva

Friday, April 12, 2013

Montserrat Caballé turns 80 on Friday. Fred Plotkin considers the famed soprano – a sublime bel canto singer, dignified Tosca, notorious canceler and duet partner to Jose Carreras.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Announces China Tour

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Forty years after it became the first U.S. orchestra to visit China, the Philadelphia Orchestra is planning to go back with a new tour and new program.

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At Columbia University, Great Books to Great Opera

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opera fans are lurking among the student body at Columbia University, writes Fred Plotkin. "Opera companies would be wise to cultivate Columbia students for future audiences."

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Danielle De Niese Subs for Natalie Dessay in Met's Giulio Cesare

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When the soprano Natalie Dessay dropped out before Tuesday night’s performance of Giulio Cesare at the Metropolitan Opera, the company didn’t have to look far for a replacement.

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins Rocker to Campaign for US Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts.

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'Mad Men' Season Premiere: Betty and the Violinist

Monday, April 08, 2013

Viewers can always count on Betty to supply some of the weirder, darker subplots on “Mad Men,” and the season six premiere Sunday night did not disappoint.

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Feud Between Paul Krugman and Estonian President Now an Operetta

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tired of grumbling about economic austerity? Maybe it's time to sing about it.

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Review: Met's Giulio Cesare Laces Politics with Bollywood Dance

Friday, April 05, 2013

"Reaching the end of Giulio Cesare at its opening night wasn't just a matter of taking in four-plus hours of Handel’s greatest arias, but navigating stories within stories," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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New York Instrument Dealer Sued Over Lost $400,000 Violin

Thursday, April 04, 2013

A violinist is accusing a Manhattan violin dealer of losing her 1837 violin while it was on consignment – by giving it out for trial to someone who never returned – according to a lawsuit.

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Board Games: When Trustees Need a Hand

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Fans often express their frustration with opera administrators, writes Fred Plotkin. But just as influential, in most cases, are the boards that govern opera companies and provide a large part of the money.

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Robert Ward, Composer of The Crucible, Dies at 95

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Robert Ward, whose operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962, died Wednesday in Durham, NC. He was 95 and had been in failing health.

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'Defiant Requiem' Reprises Holocaust-Era Performance of Verdi Piece

Monday, April 01, 2013

A documentary and ongoing concert project looks at the Terezín concentration camp, where inmates sang the Verdi Requiem for their own dignity and solace—and to challenge their Nazi captors.

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San Francisco Symphony, Union Reach Tentative Deal

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nearly three weeks after a musician work stoppage shut down the San Francisco Symphony, a tentative deal has been reached.

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Phil Ramone, Produced Albums by Pavarotti and Previn, Dies at 79

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Phil Ramone, who died Saturday at age 79, was not only a Grammy winning pop producer and engineer. He also worked with artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming and Andre Previn.

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Misconduct at the Opera House

Saturday, March 30, 2013

If a performance is "numbingly slow" with "no pacing to speak of, no structure or architecture to the rendering of the score" should the conductor be blamed? Absolutely, argues Fred Plotkin.

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Review: John Adams Thinks Big in New Telling of the Gospel

Thursday, March 28, 2013

John Adams's large-scale oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary got its New York premiere Wednesday night. David Patrick Stearns writes that its Adams's "biggest and most profusely scored work."

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Send Me No Flowers

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's the ultimate opera cliche: the diva showered with bouquets of flowers as she takes her bow. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "Strong fragrances, even pleasing ones," can lead to thorny situations.

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Steinway to Sell West 57th St. Showroom to Condo Developer

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. is selling its stake in the Steinway Hall building in New York to JDS Development Group for about $46 million.

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Video: Organist Paul Jacobs Makes a 'Glorious Racket' in Bach

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In this video, Juilliard organ department chairman Paul Jacobs shows us how Bach is played on the pipe organ.

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