Waltzing Through Ball Season in Vienna

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin attends the Opera Ball held in Vienna this year and describes how checking off this "bucket list" item was a dream come true.
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Classical Music on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

One point of agreement among some of the 2016 candidates running for president is a love of classical music.
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New York Philharmonic Announces 2016-17 Season, Gilbert's Last

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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The New York Philharmonic released the details for its 2016-17 season, honoring Alan Gilbert's final year as music director.
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9 Shadows Looming in Opera and Classical Music

Monday, February 01, 2016

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Punxsutawney Phil isn't alone in casting a shadow of significance, here are nine additional umbral examples from opera and classical music in honor of Groundhog Day.
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Finding Peace in Salzburg

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ten years after his first report from Mozart Woche, Fred Plotkin explains what has and hasn't changed in the city at what can be described as a Mozart bonanza fest.
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The Enigmas of Turandot

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains the many layers of enigmas within Turandot, including those in the plot and those in the characters.
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New York Philharmonic Names Jaap van Zweden as Its New Music Director

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

After nearly a year of speculation, the New York Philharmonic announced that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Jaap van Zweden will become its next music director.
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Carnegie Hall Announces 2016-17 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carnegie Hall released its 2016-17 season Tuesday, celebrating Venice, Bruckner and Steve Reich, amid a continuation of its ambitious commissions projects.
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LA Opera Highlights Living Composers in 2016-2017 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
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'Mozart in the Jungle' Season 2, Episodes 9 and 10 Recap

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Read our episode recaps for the final episodes of "Mozart In The Jungle," Amazon’s web series about the classical music world in New York City.
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15 Masters Who Have Been Compared to Mozart

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In honor of Mozart's birthday on Jan. 27, here are 15 people whose excellence and productivity have resulted in their being mentioned in the same breath as the great composer.
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New Cellist For Indie-Classical Ensemble Brooklyn Rider

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Indie-classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider announced that it's co-founder Eric Jacobsen will leave to pursue conducting, opening the position for newcomer Michael Nicolas. 
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Plácido Domingo: An Appreciation of a Man of Many Parts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin pays tribute to Plácido Domingo who at present has performed 145 different operatic parts in over 3700 performances.
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Plácido Domingo Celebrates 75, Recalls Switching From Tenor to Baritone

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Domingo turns 75 and WQXR's morning host Jeff Spurgeon recalls talking to him about becoming a Baritone for Verdi's Othello.
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To Bis or Not to Bis: Should Encores Be Permitted During Operas?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

To 'Bis' or not to 'Bis', that is the question that Fred Plotkin asks in this blog post for Operavore.
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Familiar Names Dominate Best Score Oscar Nods, Only One Has Won Before

Thursday, January 14, 2016

With another "Star Wars" film comes another Oscar nomination for composer John Williams. Nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning.
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'Mozart in the Jungle' Season 2, Episodes 6-8 Recap

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Mozart In The Jungle," Amazon’s web series about the classical music world in New York City, returned for a second season. John V. Bennett recaps episodes 6-8.
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Taking a Stand on Music Stands

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin tackles the thorny question of music stand use during high-profile recitals.
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David Bowie's 7 Close Encounters with Opera

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Though his only realized theatrical work was the recent "Lazarus" musical, produced by New York Theater Workshop, Bowie did have several close encounters with opera.
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Review: Prototype Festival Operas Challenge with Minimalism and Intensity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two operas opened this past weekend at the Prototype Festival. Both focus with minimalism on intense subject matter. One does so with great effect, the other misses its mark.
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