Dietmar Machold, Jet-Setting Violin Dealer, Convicted of Embezzlement

Friday, November 09, 2012

Dietmar Machold, once the world’s most successful dealer of rare violins, violas and cellos, was found guilty of embezzlement and fraud Friday.

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Review: Boos for the Met's Handsome New Ballo Weren't Deserved

Friday, November 09, 2012

From the first scene, the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Un Ballo in Maschera was to be a grand night for booing, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.

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Three Operas Brought to You by the Letter ‘Z’

Friday, November 09, 2012

Other than Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), how many operas can you name that begin with the letter Z? Consult our Zagat-style guide to find out more.

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Three Letter Arias: Why Opera Still Loves Hand-Written Letters

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

In an age of texting, Twitter and e-mail, the hand-written letter can seem like a relic of ancient times. But not on the opera stage.

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Only the Best

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"The idea of optimism becomes difficult in difficult times," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet it is a renewable tonic, one that is not based on naiveté as much as belief."

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Poll: What Music Should Be Performed at Obama's Inauguration?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

When Barack Obama took the oath of office in 2009, a group of four musicians played Air and Simple Gifts, a somber, elegiac piece by film composer John Williams. So who should perform in January?

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Elliott Carter, American Modernist Composer, Dies at 103

Monday, November 05, 2012

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose formidably complex music helped to define 20th-century modernism, died in Manhattan Monday at age 103.

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Listen: Pianist Improvises a Debate Between Obama and Romney

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gabriela Montero, a classical pianist known for her signature improvisations on themes suggested by audience members, dramatizes a debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Tea and Bagels with Conductor Valery Gergiev

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Russian maestro speaks with Fred Plotkin about a range of topics, including concert hall construction in St. Petersburg, Russia, the stigma around Shostakovich and the benefits of constant touring.

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Sandy Washes Classical Label Out of New Offices

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Superstorm Sandy has badly hobbled New Amsterdam – a nonprofit label home to a younger generation of composers and performers – destroying much of its CD inventory and equipment.

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Top Three Moments for Verdi's Lady Macbeth

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Verdi's musical transformation of Shakespeare's Macbeth shines the spotlight so brightly on his ruthless and ambitious wife that perhaps the opera should be renamed in her honor.

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Sandy Meets The Tempest: The Met Opera Reopens

Thursday, November 01, 2012

After cancelling performances for two days, the Met returned Wednesday with – ironically – a scheduled performance of The Tempest, an opera based on Shakespeare by Thomas Adès.

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Broadway Lights go up in Post-Sandy NYC

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The lights went up again on Broadway Wednesday for the first time since superstorm Sandy hit New York, as entertainers headed back to work in a city still wracked by power-outages and a suspended subway system.

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A Mystical Madwoman as Unlikely Opera Heroine

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Women and madness is a primal operatic theme, heard in everything from Monteverdi’s Arianna to Donizetti’s Lucia and on to Régine Saint Laurent, the overwrought title character in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna.

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Floating Concert Hall Battered But Secure After Hurricane

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored near the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, appears to have sustained only minimal damage during the storm’s relentless pounding.

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When Opera Characters Cast Their Spell

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spells, potions, black cats, tarot cards and incantations are the stuff of great opera plots. Fred Plotkin considers some of the great scary characters in the opera canon.

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How the Mariinsky Orchestra Beat Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is not the only thing barreling through the East Coast this week. The Mariinsky Orchestra has been on a breathless tour that's audacious even by the company's own go-for-broke standards.

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Hurricane Sandy Forces Closures for Museums, Theaters

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has forced many cultural institutions in the tri-state region to close their doors Monday.

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Hans Werner Henze: The Last Interview?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Nobody should be surprised that composer Hans Werner Henze was at the premiere of a new work days before he died on Oct. 27 in Dresden," writes blogger David Patrick Stearns. "He was unstoppable."

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Concert Cancellations Due to Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

While most concerts have resumed, Carnegie Hall remains shuttered. Here is an updated list of shows that have been cancelled or postponed.

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