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Joshua Bell to Judge Miss America Pageant

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Along with their enthusiasm for travel and quest for world peace, Miss America contestants may wish to talk Kreisler and Sarasate this year.

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New DVDs Offer Beloved Operas in Stylized Productions

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Miss out on summer festivals? These recent DVDs allow you to revel in the glorious sights and sounds without doing battle with the crowds or the high prices.

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Steinway Stock Rises After a New Bidder Enters the Stakes

Monday, August 12, 2013

The stock of Steinway Musical Instruments hit an all-time high on Monday after the company received a new buyout offer.

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Remembering Regina Resnik

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The death of someone like Regina Resnik, which happened on August 8, just weeks before her 91st birthday, is akin to a library burning to the ground," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Orchestras Use New Video Technology, Courting a Younger Crowd

Monday, August 12, 2013

Video screens in concert halls have long been controversial. Now they're being joined by a new generation of digital effects and video art – the kind usually seen in Las Vegas spectacles.

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NY Public Library Selling 22,000 Vinyl LPs for $1 Each

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hundreds of vinyl-record aficionados descended on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday for a rare sale of LPs from the library's collection.

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Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano and Director, Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

Regina Resnik, the Bronx-born mezzo-soprano, died on Thursday in New York. Listen to an archival interview with Resnik from 1972.

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The Russians are Coming! Locating the Slavic Soul in Opera

Friday, August 09, 2013

Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."

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Reddit, Read it? A Classical Music Community Emerges on Social News Site

Thursday, August 08, 2013

What started as low-budget link-sharing website for tech-savvy young people has spawned a growing classical music community.

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Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

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Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Director Deborah Warner Pulls Out of Met Opera's Season Opener

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera said on Tuesday that its season-opening production of Eugene Onegin will be directed by Fiona Shaw, after the director Deborah Warner pulled out.

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Pierre Boulez Breaks His Shoulder, Cancels in Lucerne

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The conductor Pierre Boulez has cancelled concerts on Sept. 7 and 9 at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as the result of a broken shoulder.

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Lloyd Moss, WQXR Host for More Than 50 Years, Dies at 86

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lloyd Moss, a WQXR host of five decades who brought an irreverence and genial wit to the once staid universe of classical radio, died on Saturday.

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Mezzo-Soprano Sues Metropolitan Opera Over Stage Fall

Monday, August 05, 2013

The mezzo-soprano Wendy White is suing the Metropolitan Opera for a 2011 accident where a set collapsed from under her during performance of Faust, causing her to fall eight feet.

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Foreclosure Averted, Nashville Symphony Now Faces Tough Labor Talks

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Two months after narrowly averting a foreclosure on its concert hall, the Nashville Symphony now faces difficult contract talks with its musicians.

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Listen: Newly Discovered Early Pavarotti Recording to be Released

Friday, August 02, 2013

A recently-discovered recording of Luciano Pavarotti – believed to be the late tenor's first – will be commercially released in October. Hear a sample.

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Thomas Hampson Takes the Hot Seat on BBC's 'HardTalk'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.

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Design for Hudson Yards Arts Venue Receives $50 Million Grant

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Bloomberg administration has recently allotted $50 million to the 170,000-square-foot Culture Shed, an expandable visual and performing arts venue along the High Line on the Far West side.

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