No 'R' Rating for the Met's New Rigoletto

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Rated R for Rigoletto? Not on the Metropolitan Opera’s watch.

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Master Class: Joyce DiDonato Delivers Lessons at Juilliard

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"On January 25, at the Juilliard School, Joyce DiDonato gave a master class on how to give a master class," writes Fred Plotkin.

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NJ Symphony Reveals Season, Stays Silent on Management Shakeup

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

At a press conference Tuesday to announce its 2013-14 season, the New Jersey Symphony wasn't discussing the recent resignation of its president and CEO.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera's Rat Pack Rigoletto Hits a Jackpot

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"As much as the opening scene's intentionally vulgar casino-style neon lights were greeted with stunned silence, the final curtain response suggested that it's a hit," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Martha Argerich is Focus of Film Documentary By Her Daughter

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Film directors and biographers have tried, with mixed results, to portray the reclusive and brilliant pianist Martha Argerich. Now, her filmmaker daughter is giving it a shot.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Leipzig

Friday, January 25, 2013

Anyone who loves opera surely knows by now that 2013 marks the bicentennial of the births of Richard Wagner (May 22) and Giuseppe Verdi (October 10), the colossi of 19th Century opera.

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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Soloist Recounts Inauguration Performance

Friday, January 25, 2013

There was more than a lip-synching controversy to the music at Monday's event. One choir member tells Terrance McKnight about her performance.

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Love is Hell: Orpheus Endures as Favorite Opera Subject

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum and the premiere of a work by Kate Soper remind us of the abiding importance of the Orpheus myth.

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New York Philharmonic to Present Film Music, Beethoven Concertos and a 'Biennial' in 2013-14

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday announced a 2013-14 season that seems to aim for maximum variety.

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The Colorado Quartet to Disband in May 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Colorado Quartet, which is based in New York City, said on Tuesday that it will disband in May, quietly ending a 30-year history of tours, recordings and teaching residences.

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In 'Quartet,' Opera Singers are Retired but not Retiring

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Quartet," a new film directed by Dustin Hoffman, "is a bit too pat and contrived in its conflation of opera and the rigors of old age," writes Fred Plotkin. But he commends it despite its limitations.

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Does Lincoln Center Need a Shake Shack?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Restauranteur Danny Meyer is reportedly eyeing a shuttered space at 1991 Broadway for a potential branch of his Shake Shack burger chain.

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Sydney Opera House Lands Deal with Airline Sponsor

Monday, January 21, 2013

A three-year, multimillion-dollar deal between the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways has raised concerns that the World Heritage-listed arts complex will be renamed.

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Obama Inaugural Luncheon to Feature Eastman String Quartet

Friday, January 18, 2013

Along with New York politicos and influence peddlers, a string quartet from Rochester is heading to the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Monday.

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No Thanks for 'Sharing' at the Opera House

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Friends, New Yorkers, Opera Lovers Everywhere," writes Fred Plotkin. "Do I really need to explain why people should not engage in extended conversations at the opera?"

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Bolshoi's Artistic Director Attacked with Acid in Moscow

Friday, January 18, 2013

Russian police say Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns after a masked man threw acid in his face.

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The Top Five Pop Culture-Inspired Rigoletto Productions

Friday, January 18, 2013

When the Metropolitan Opera opens a new Rigoletto production inspired by Rat Pack–era Las Vegas, it will be one in of a spate of new contexts for this warhorse.

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Young Afghan Musicians to Tour US

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Afghan Youth Orchestra is to begin a 12-day U.S. tour that includes concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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Houston Grand Opera to Stage its First Ring Cycle

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Houston becomes the latest opera company to put a ring on it next season. The announcement comes as the Houston Symphony gets a new conductor.

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Planet Opera: In Italy's Small Towns, Opera is Anything But Provincial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Four cities in Italy have created what is known as the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, a consortium that works collaboratively to create four opera productions every season. Fred Plotkin reports from Italy.

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