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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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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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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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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'Lincoln' Reveals 16th President's Passion for Opera

Monday, February 18, 2013

Among the many historical tidbits that Steven Spielberg includes in his Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," the president’s love of opera may be the most surprising.

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The Knights Orchestra Releases 'Harlem Shake' Video

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Harlem Shake, the latest Internet dance meme that has seemingly sprouted up overnight, has been given the chamber orchestra treatment by the Knights.

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Review: City Opera's Powder Her Face Lays Bare British Sex Scandal

Saturday, February 16, 2013

This visually busy Jay Scheib production addressed many of the problems in this woozy, dreamy portrayal of the Duchess of Argyll.

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Dutch Marionette Artist has the Opera World on a String

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.

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New York Philharmonic Names Principal Clarinetist

Thursday, February 14, 2013

He's held the top clarinet jobs at the Chicago Symphony and Metropolitan Opera. Now it's the New York Philharmonic's turn.

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