Metropolitan Opera Cuts 22 Administrative Jobs

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera says it is cutting nine percent of its administrative staff in order to save money.
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The Met Opera's Cheap-Seat Program Goes Online

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera said on Thursday that it is moving its rush ticket program online this season, so that patrons will no longer have to physically wait in line.
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Does Booing at La Scala Ruin the Show?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tenor Roberto Alagna has decided not to return to La Scala this November. The reason: he did not want to endure the catcalls of the loggionisti, Fred Plotkin weighs in.
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Conductor 'In Shock' Over Plans to Shutter Danish Orchestra

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Like most of those affected I have only now heard of the plans to close down the Danish National Chamber Orchestra," said Adam Fischer. "Right now I am in a state of shock."
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Apple Launches iPhone 6 with Strauss-Themed Ad

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

When Apple unveiled its two larger-screened iPhone models, it turned to a well-known soundtrack of grandeur: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.
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Watch: An Audience is Completely Mesmerized by Van Cliburn Recital

Monday, September 08, 2014

With audience etiquette in the news again recently, here's an example of how people attended concerts during the Cold War.
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Qatar Philharmonic Music Director Abruptly Quits Mid-Tour

Monday, September 08, 2014

Conductor Han-Na Chang resigned Monday from her post as music director of the Qatar Philharmonic, one day after the orchestra's appearance at the BBC Proms in London.
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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out its Musicians

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management were unable to reach a settlement on a new contract on Saturday.
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Opera As One Explores Gender Change, Identity Struggles

Friday, September 05, 2014

A new opera by Laura Kaminsky looks at a transgender woman coming to terms with herself and her world. David Patrick Stearns reviews the premiere.
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Franz Welser-Möst Quits as Vienna State Opera Music Director

Friday, September 05, 2014

The conductor Franz Welser-Möst is resigning as music director of the Vienna State Opera, citing artistic differences with the company’s director, Dominique Meyer.
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Planet Opera: Performances Not to Miss in the 2014-2015 Season

Thursday, September 04, 2014

For the intrepid opera fan, there should be plenty to savor this season. Here are ten global cities (including one tour) featuring notable performances.
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Why Deals with Unions Won't End Met Opera's Challenges

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The labor deals that the Metropolitan Opera and 16 of its unions tentatively reached last month meant that a lockout was averted. But its financial travails have not vanished.
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Colorado Symphony Drops Tuxedos, Adds Drinks in the Hall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Starting this fall, the orchestra will ditch tuxedos and institute a somewhat more casual look of dark suits with long ties for men. Drinks will also be permitted.
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Placido Domingo Closing Act at London iTunes Festival

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
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Planet Opera: Going to the Sources

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One can learn a lot about operas by going to the cities where they are set. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's Rome, Carmen's Seville and the natural world of Wagner.
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Susanna Mälkki, Fabio Luisi Get New Conducting Gigs

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Nordic dining scene may be stealing news headlines and Michelin stars these days but on Monday, the region’s classical music scene was also drawing international attention.
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'Maestro' or 'Conductor?' Terminology Sparks Critical Spat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One critic says the word "maestro" (and "maestra") has been overused and it's time to give it a rest. Another critic accuses him of sexism.
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Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With autumn comes a fresh new lineup of symphonic, vocal and chamber music concerts to hear in New York. Below are 20 notable events taking place around the city.
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Suspects in Murder of New York Violinist Held Without Bail

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two men accused of killing New York concert violinist Mary Whitaker during a robbery in her rural home are due in federal court.
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Minnesota Orchestra Announces $13.2 Million in Gifts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra signaled a new step in its post-lockout recovery on Wednesday when the board said it had received $13.2 million in four separate donations.
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