Habemus Operam: Popes and Cardinals in Opera

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The spectacle around Pope Francis's installation prompted Fred Plotkin to think about representations of popes and cardinals and potent Catholic figures in opera. Read on and share your own favorites.

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Striking San Francisco Symphony Players Explain Tour Cancellation

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This weekend, a musicians' website featured an open letter “to express our deep frustration and disappointment at our management’s cancellation of our East Coast tour.”

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Mezzo-Soprano Risë Stevens Dies at 99

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mezzo-soprano opera star Risë Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 99.

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Library of Congress Adds Glass Opera, Van Cliburn to Recording Registry

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“Einstein on the Beach” is headed to the Library of Congress. On Thursday, the library announced its 25 newest additions to the National Recording Registry.

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Royal House Names New Chief Executive

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday’s announcement that Alex Beard, 49, has been appointed as the new chief executive at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden was remarkable for its speed, especially because Beard comes from outside the institution. Typically, such searches take a longer period because the supply of able and qualified individuals is always limited, even for such a prestigious post, as few people have the necessary qualifications.

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'Anna Nicole' is Coming to City Opera in September

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera about the former Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture will open the 2013-2014 City Opera season in September.

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Gergiev Fund Embezzlement Case Postponed

Monday, March 18, 2013

A court in Moscow has postponed initial hearings in the case of two men charged with embezzling 245 million rubles ($8 million) from the charitable foundation of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev.

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Study: Vivaldi's Four Seasons as the New Brain Food

Monday, March 18, 2013

Researchers from the University of Northumbria say they have found cognitive benefits from listening to the ubiquitous concertos.

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San Francisco Symphony Cancels Carnegie Hall Dates as Strike Continues

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony's east coast tour, which was to include a two-night stand at Carnegie Hall, has been canceled as a result of its five-day-old strike.

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Violin That Was Played as Titanic Sank Found, Auction House Says

Friday, March 15, 2013

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.

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How Michael Kaiser Manages: A Conversation with the President of the Kennedy Center

Friday, March 15, 2013

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, sits down with Fred Plotkin to talk about the challenges facing the performing arts world -- and how to turn around faltering arts organizations.

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Operavore Preview: Matthew Epstein on Artist Cancellations

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Saturday on the Operavore show, the veteran impresario and artist manager Matthew Epstein sits down with host Marilyn Horne for a wide-ranging interview.

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Behind The Vienna Philharmonic's Nazi Past

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why did so many members of the Vienna Philharmonic join the Nazi party in the 1930s? The lead historian behind the recent report offers some clues.

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San Francisco Symphony On Strike

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A week before a scheduled East Coast tour that is to include two concerts at Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony are on strike.

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Manhattan School of Music Names New President

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Manhattan School of Music said on Wednesday that James Gandre will be its new president. He will oversee planning for the school's centenary in 2018.

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A Letter to Aspiring Opera Singers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fred Plotkin offers young singers suggestions about things to think about as they develop their careers and personal lives.

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Cavalli Opera is a Good Old-Fashioned Tale of Raunch and Cross-Dressing

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera is to give the New York premiere of Cavalli's 1668 opera about the decadent life of the notorious Roman emperor. It was among the first in a long line of racy topics.

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Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Nazi Past in New Report

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almost half of the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, and 13 members were driven out for being Jewish or married to Jews.

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When Opera Singers Go it Alone

Saturday, March 09, 2013

"Social media has enabled singers to feel connected and loved in ways that would have been inconceivable only a few years ago," writes Fred Plotkin. Still, life on the road can be a lonely pursuit at times.

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San Francisco Symphony Musicians Vote to Authorize Strike

Friday, March 08, 2013

Musicians in the San Francisco Symphony, frustrated with bargaining over a new contract, voted to authorize a strike on Wednesday night. The vote comes just before a scheduled East Coast tour which includes two performances at Carnegie Hall.

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