Review: Joyce DiDonato Crowns Dark Maria Stuarda at Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Met's first-ever staging of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda opened on New Year's Eve, with Joyce DiDonato as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. "Against many odds, the opera actually meant something," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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2012 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners & Losers

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

While Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" finale ushered in the New Year in rousing fashion, this Countdown also saw some surprises and notable shifts.

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The 10 Most-Read Classical Music Stories of 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The year 2012 in classical music saw financial hardships, artist shuffles, disasters, scandals, openings and closings. Here's a brief look back at 2012 according to web traffic on WQXR’s Blogs.

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Andrea Chénier: Modern Meanings in Tale of French Revolution

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of its arias became the the most memorable scene in the 1993 film Philadelphia. But far too many opera lovers aren't familiar with Umberto Giordano’s verismo gem, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Three Sexiest Librettos in Opera

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Opera is at its most steamy when passion trumps reason. In this edition of Opera in Brief, we consider three of opera’s sexiest librettos.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians who Died in 2012 - Slideshow

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The year 2012 saw the passing of singers, composers, violinists, authors and critics, among others who contributed to classical music. Click on the arrows below to scroll through the slideshow.

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Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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An Operavore Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Launch WQXR's Operavore stream this holiday season and you can enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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New York City Opera Sets Go On Sale

Friday, December 21, 2012

Procrastinating holiday shoppers with a taste for grandeur take note: New York City Opera began selling off its old sets this week. View a slideshow of a few highlights.

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Five Things to Listen for in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Friday, December 21, 2012

If Handel's Messiah is the quarterback of holiday music, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is the second-string walk-on. But on Sunday, WQXR gives Bach's underplayed work a starting spot in the lineup.

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Top Three Operas About Small Town Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three operatic portraits of every day life in the mid 19th century, by Britten, Smetana and Delius.

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When Shopping for Tires Meant Buying a Christmas Album

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

During the 1960s and '70s, Goodyear and Firestone peddled Christmas albums in their stores, usually for a dollar each, while customers waited to get their tires changed or wheels aligned.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life imitates art at La Scala, writes Fred Plotkin. "Lohengrin tells the story of a besieged nation whose leadership is fragile and whose freedom is imperiled."

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Watch: Trinity Wall Street Choir Sings with the Rolling Stones

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rolling Stones brought their 50th anniversary tour to a close on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and joining the band was the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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New York City Opera Names Head of Music Staff

Friday, December 14, 2012

Myra Huang, a pianist who frequently works with opera singers, has been named the head of music at New York City Opera, a part time position.

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The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogger Marion Lignana Rosenberg lists the top five performances of 2012, plus five of the best opera recordings. And yes, there’s a lump of coal for those who served up duds.

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Film to Set La Bohème in Williamsburg (Beards and Tattoos Included)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mimì and Rodolfo face many adversities in La Bohème – a drafty garret, a creepy landlord, tuberculosis. But all are mere annoyances compared to the L train at rush hour.

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Opera in Brief: Top Three Operatic Crowd Scenes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When a great operatic chorus is sung by a gifted group of singers, the choristers often play a starring role. Sometimes they even steal the show.

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How Would You Run the International Opera Awards?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A London-based organization called the Opera Awards Foundation announced plans last month for an annual awards gala. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers potential recipients.

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Ravi Shankar, Sitar Master Who Spread Indian Music, Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar, the sitar player and composer who became India's most influential musician, died Tuesday evening in San Diego, CA. He was 92.

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