Giving Puccini's Turandot the Finale it Deserves

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Lunar New Year began on Sunday, and the moon plans an important role in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, one of the most popular Western operas with an Asian setting.

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Review: Stylish, Quality Headphones Get Popular

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Most people consume their music while on the go these days - in cars, while jogging, in between smartphone calls or while working at a desk. Thousands of our favorite songs are just a playlist away.

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Planet Opera: In Amsterdam, Sharing Moments with History

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A particular characteristic of life in Amsterdam is the nearly untranslatable and unpronounceable word gezellig. It applies to many aspects of life and music in the Dutch city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Five Most Potent Love Spells in Opera

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we searched the opera repertoire for the five most potent love potions and spells (at least in terms of their influence on plot development).

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Cellist's Bow is Damaged in Airport Mishap

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alban Gerhardt, a noted cello soloist from Berlin, say his precious cello bow, valued at $20,000, was damaged by inspectors from the TSA at Dulles Airport

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Classical Grammy Awards to Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony beats the Minnesota Orchestra, which had been considered a sentimental favorite because of its bitter and protracted labor dispute.

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The Maestro's Ears

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sometimes a good conductor can help an orchestra overcome a flawed concert hall; other times a great hall can mask the shortcomings of a poor conductor. Fred Plotkin considers the relationship of maestro, hall and orchestra.

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James DePreist, Barrier-Breaking American Conductor, Dies at 76

Friday, February 08, 2013

James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors to have a major career, despite two significant physical ailments, died Friday in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?

Friday, February 08, 2013

When you think heavy breathing, galloping hearts and long kisses, what do you hear? We asked you and told us. View the top 12 choices as we counted them down on Valentine's Day.

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Burned Opera Fire-Blower Released From Hospital

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A fire-blowing stilt-walker with the Lyric Opera of Chicago who suffered second-degree burns during a dress rehearsal was released from the hospital Thursday.

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Video: Orchestra Flash Mob Takes Over Bucharest Airport

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The Bucharest Symphony Orchestra staged a flash mob in the departure lounge of Henri Coanda International Airport near Bucharest on Monday.

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Two Women Conductors to Appear in NYC Next Season. Is That Enough?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Just two women conductors are scheduled to appear in New York's major concert halls next season. Why aren't there more?

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Bolshoi Ballet Chief Heads to Germany After Attack

Monday, February 04, 2013

The artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet said he knows who ordered an acid attack that left him with severe burns to his eyes and face but won't say, voicing hope that investigators will soon name the perpetrator.

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Librettos and Libations: Music in the Vineyards

Monday, February 04, 2013

Wine, whether still, sparkling or fortified, really flows in opera – from the elixir in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore to Champagne in Die Fledermaus. Fred Plotkin considers these heady connections.

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Classical Music in 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Continuing an annual tradition, we spotlight the Super Bowl commercials that feature classical music soundtracks and themes.

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When Ed Koch Met Aaron Copland

Friday, February 01, 2013

In 1978, mayor Edward I. Koch invited Aaron Copland to Gracie Mansion after hearing that the composer had never been there. "But you were born in Brooklyn and are one of our great composers," Koch exclaimed. "I am shocked!"

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Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Vienna in 2013-14

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Carnegie Hall announced Thursday its 2013-14 season which will feature a three-week winter festival, “Vienna: City of Dreams,” featuring a seven-concert residency by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

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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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