Man Lauded as Japan Beethoven Sorry for Fake Work

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed that his famed compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

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Revolutionary Opera Director Gerard Mortier Dies

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

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On Short Notice, Matthias Goerne Sings 2nd Wozzeck in Week

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Matthias Goerne got to sing the title role of Berg's "Wozzeck" twice as many times as he bargained for during his trip to New York.

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What Does It Mean To Be Heroic?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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#tbt is a weekly opportunity to remember musical deities from the past who ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we'll feature a #tbt artist twice an hour until 4 pm.

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New Owners Vow to Preserve Embattled Charles Ives House

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Nearly two years after a preservation battle began for Charles Ives's former Connecticut home, the new owners are speaking about it for the first time.

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Boston Symphony Announces First Season with Andris Nelsons

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Andris Nelsons era at the Boston Symphony Orchestra began to take shape on Wednesday, as the BSO's 15th music director announced plans for his first season.

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Five Reasons Why C.P.E. Bach Matters

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Although C.P.E. has long been overshadowed by his famous dad, the 300th anniversary of his birth is an opportunity to get to know his standout compositions. Here are five reasons why he matters.

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David Robertson Renews Contract with St. Louis Symphony

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Conductor David Robertson has renewed his contract with the St. Louis Symphony through 2018, reflecting a national trend of major orchestras holding onto their long-serving music directors.

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Video: Protester Disrupts St. Petersburg Philharmonic Concert in San Francisco

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A concert Monday night in San Francisco by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic was interrupted by a gay rights activist.

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Coffee with Dominique Meyer

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dominique Meyer, the director of the Vienna State Opera, talks with Fred Plotkin about the company's foray into on-demand video streaming.

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Review: Strauss's Salome, Still Creepy After All These Years

Monday, March 03, 2014

"Without so much as an outrageously updated production or even a fake head, the visiting Vienna State Opera at Carnegie Hall delivered a near-seismic concert version of Salome," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Documentary Short on Oldest Holocaust Survivor, Pianist Wins Oscar

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Lady in Number 6," a film portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest classical pianist and Holocaust survivor, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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Leonard Slatkin: Why I Invited Listeners to Snap Photos During a Concert

Friday, February 28, 2014

Leonard Slatkin tells WQXR how he's been surprising patrons during the Detroit Symphony's six-date South Florida tour this week by inviting them to take photos of the performances on their phones.

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The Operavore Field Guide to Singers

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Welcome to Operavore’s Field Guide to Singers. With this handy companion at your side, you’ll soon be able to recognize even the rarest specimens by their distinctive songs and calls.

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Little Orchestra Society Turns to Audiences to Select a New Name

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is looking to rename itself and is asking audiences for their input. "We’re looking at everything afresh," said the group's new music director.

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Paco de Lucia: A Flamenco Master's Foray into Classical Music

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

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Top 5 Oscar-Nominated Films that Would Make Great Operas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The silver screen has periodically been a source of inspiration for opera composers. Here are five of this year’s Academy Award-nominated films we believe could be sung on the stage.

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Cello Duo Scores YouTube Hit with Heavy-Metal Cover

Monday, February 24, 2014

The crossover cello duo known as 2Cellos has scored a viral video hit with a theatrical cover of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”

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The Pleasures of Soft Singing

Monday, February 24, 2014

There are many singers, especially young ones, who have big healthy voices and sing loud all the time. This is a problem, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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