Five Lessons the Orchestra Can Learn from Museums

Friday, March 18, 2016

WQXR
Leon Botstein, president of Bard and director of the ASO, discusses how his new project, The Orchestra Now, is looking at the visual arts to rethink the role of the symphony orchestra.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 2

Friday, March 18, 2016

In the second half of his series looking at today's top young opera singers, Fred Plotkin unveils the names of 25 of his favorite upcoming female vocalists.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares forty opera singers who merit your attention. In the first of two articles, he lists fifteen of his favorite male singers.
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When Struggling Songbirds Set Social Media Atwitter

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares his advice for younger generation opera singers about social media.
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Anthony Roth Costanzo Buffs Up and Bares All at ENO

Monday, March 07, 2016

WQXR
Anthony Roth Costanzo explains the physical transformation he underwent to take on the role of the Egyptian pharoah Akhnaten, and shares exclusive photos of his exposed performance.
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Somewhere Project Finds a Sense of Place and Purpose

Monday, March 07, 2016

Carnegie Hall's ambitious Somewhere Project culminated in an impassioned performance of "West Side Story" in Queens.
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Champion of Early Music, Dies at 86

Sunday, March 06, 2016

WQXR
The Austrian conductor who revolutionized the Baroque music movement before moving into later eras of the classical music repertoire, passed away at home on March 5.
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The Fabric of Memory: Preserving Met Opera History

Friday, March 04, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin traces the history of the Metropolitan Opera archives and touches upon the importance of preserving institutional memories.
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Seven Women Conductors Who Deserve Attention

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

In honor of Women's History Month, here are seven young female conductors, who are making history with their successes on the podium.
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Sarasota Opera: Parma on the Gulf of Mexico

Monday, February 29, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin visits Sarasota, Florida and reports on its rich culture and opera music scene.
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Somewhere Project Brings Bernstein's Music to Boroughs

Monday, February 29, 2016

For its 125th anniversary, Carnegie Hall used "West Side Story" to inspire teens to write their own music and lyrics. A series of Neighborhood concerts showcased the results. 
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'The Shining' Brings the Overlook Hotel to the Opera Stage

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WQXR
Stephen King's novel, The Shining, has been adapted into an opera that will premiere this spring; David Patrick Stearns previews the production.  
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Classical Music Podcasts You Need to Hear

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WQXR
Whether looking to learn about the basics of a symphony or dive deep into music history, we've found podcasts for classical lovers of all stripes.
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Catching Up with June LeBell

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin catches up with June LeBell, who made history as the first female on-air host of a commercial classical radio station at WQXR, where she served for 30 years.
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David Lang's 8 Favorite Movies About Music

Friday, February 19, 2016

WQXR
Oscar-nominated composer David Lang shares his top eight movies about musicians and composers on the eve of the Academy Awards.
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Review: Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WQXR
Following a diagnosis of brain cancer, Dmitri Hvorostovsky remains a formidable presence, both vocally and physically, as he proved in his Carnegie Hall recital.
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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 Season

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera announced the line-up for its 2016-2017 season. Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts on what to love about it.
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Hélène Grimaud Dives into Nature with 'Water'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pianist Hélène Grimaud chats with Jeff Spurgeon about her latest release, which revisits her liquid 2014 performances at the Park Avenue Armory.
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The 2016 Classical Music Grammy Winners

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WQXR
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seiji Osawa were among the winners at Monday night's Grammys.
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Review: Met's WWII-Era 'Manon Lescaut' Offers Mixed Bag

Saturday, February 13, 2016

WQXR
Roberto Alagna, replacing Jonas Kaufmann, joins Kristine Opolais in an uneven production of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' at the Metropolitan Opera.
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