La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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Video: Philadelphia Orchestra Surprises Plane Passengers in China

Friday, June 07, 2013

The orchestra musicians used some time on a tarmac to give passengers an impromptu performance of Dvorak's "American" String Quartet No. 12.

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Bank Set to Foreclose on Nashville Symphony's Concert Hall

Friday, June 07, 2013

Foreclosure proceedings have started against the financially troubled Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which owes more than $80 million in debt related to the construction of its home.

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Pianist Krystian Zimerman Halts Concert Over Smartphone: Is it Time for New Rules?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

A growing number of orchestras and concert halls are allowing patrons to take photos and use their smart phones in the concert hall. Some musicians, it seems, really don’t like it.

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Long Delayed, Kenneth Branagh's 'The Magic Flute' Arrives in the US

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.

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La Scala Names New General Manager

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

La Scala's board of directors has named the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival Alexander Pereira as the opera house's new general manager.

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Lang Lang Foundation Gala Raises $1.2 Million

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Co-founded by the extrovert pianist, the charitable venture aims to raise awareness for educational programs in schools and award young classical musicians with scholarships.

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Planet Opera: Philadelphia for Operavores

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.

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James Judd Named Music Director of Little Orchestra Society

Monday, June 03, 2013

The English conductor succeeds the late Dino Anagnost, and will be tasked with rebuilding the chamber orchestra's concert series.

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Istanbul Music Festival Cancels Opening Ceremonies Due to Protests

Monday, June 03, 2013

Three days of clashes between protesters and riot police in Istanbul have prompted the Istanbul Music Festival to call off its opening night gala concert, scheduled for Tuesday.

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Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.

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New York Grand Opera Company Cancels Central Park Season, Citing Weather

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New York Grand Opera Company has scrapped its two summer opera performances in Central Park, citing the weather.

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Voices of Summer

Friday, May 31, 2013

"There has been a stunning revival of opera in unusual places this year, much of it in spring and summer, a period when opera offerings were once meager," writes Fred Plotkin. Here are a few highlights.

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Katherine Jenkins Denies Being Dropped by Record Label

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Welsh crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, who in 2008 signed what is believed to be the biggest classical recording deal in history, has parted ways with her label, Warner Brothers.

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Oregon Symphony Players Forgo Pay to Close Deficit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

After having cancelled Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the cash-strapped orchestra have agreed to forgo their end-of-season salary payment.

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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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