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'All-Star Orchestra,' a Made-for-TV Symphony, Hits the Airwaves

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It’s the age-old problem of putting symphony orchestras on television: they're not as much fun to look at as to listen to. A new television series aims to overcome this.

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Top Five Women Conductors on the Rise

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Last week, a Russian conductor landed in hot water after making disparaging remarks about women conductors. Here are five who rise above the controversy.
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Britain Mints New Coin for Benjamin Britten Centennial

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Great Britain is minting a new 50 pence coin to commemorate the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten.

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Falling In Love Again (with Opera): A Preview of New York's Autumn Opera Events

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.

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Justice Ginsburg Officiates at Kennedy Center Chief's Wedding

Monday, September 02, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court.

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Former SF Opera Director Lotfi Mansouri Dies at 84

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.

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New York's Must-See Opera and Song Events in 2013-14

Saturday, August 31, 2013

With summer winding down, Operavores are busy digging out agendas and writing in musical dates. Here are our picks for New York’s most enticing vocal and operatic events in 2013–14.

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Fall Preview: NYC's 20 Most Anticipated Classical Performances

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fall is always the most exciting time to be a classical music fan in New York City. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the big fall concerts this year.

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Robin Thicke Hit Benefits Canadian Composer's 'Blurred Lines'

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thousands of R&B fans hoping to find Robin Thicke’s chart-topping hit "Blurred Lines" have been unexpectedly treated to a violin and harpsichord duet by an 86-year-old composer.

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The Salzburg Effect

Thursday, August 29, 2013

"You don’t have to look too hard in Salzburg to discover what makes it stimulating. The city has an innate respect for Kunst und Kultur, or Art and Culture," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Pret à Manger Puzzles Customers with Christmas Music in August

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The unseasonable appearance of Christmas music in Pret à Manger shops this week was not the creep of the holiday retail season into August.

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MLK and The Musical Stuff of Dreams

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Martin Luther King knew something about opera – his widow Coretta Scott King studied opera singing in Boston. He also was a master at the musicality of words and speech, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Operalia Competition Gives Top Prizes to Russian Soprano, Chinese Bass

Monday, August 26, 2013

They are Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Kazan, Russia, and Ao Li, bass-baritone from Dezhou, China.

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Newly-Published Letters Portray Leonard Bernstein's Complex, Colorful Life

Friday, August 23, 2013

As Leonard Bernstein would have turned 95 on Sunday, a look at a forthcoming collection of his letters.

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Video: Roger Federer Trades Tennis Racket for Violin

Friday, August 23, 2013

On the eve of the US Open, Roger Federer's sponsor Credit Suisse has released a new commercial featuring the tennis great trying his hand at the violin.

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British Opera Singer Richard Angas Dies After Collapsing on Stage

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Richard Angas, a beloved veteran of British opera, spent his final moments giving one last performance as an operatic bass.

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On Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday, 3 Recordings From His Era

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Google is featuring an animated doodle commemorating Debussy's 151st birthday. We present three archival performances, from 1911 and 1912, in his honor.

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Julius Rudel Tells It Like It Is (and Was)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Former New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel recently published a memoir, which despite its flaws, provides a history of the company and its most important figure.

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Gay Rights Petition Puts Pressure on Metropolitan Opera Stars

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If it wasn’t Tchaikovsky, it may never have come up. But suddenly, opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev now find themselves in an awkward circumstance.

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Study: When Judging Music Competitions, Looks Matter Most

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Participants in a new study — including highly trained musicians — were better able to identify the winners of competitions by watching silent video clips than by listening to audio recordings.

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