Classical Label Climbs Back After Sandy Submerges Office

Monday, January 07, 2013

Eight weeks after Sandy, the offices of New Amsterdam Records, an independent record label in Red Hook, Brooklyn, remain battered.

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New York Philharmonic Musician Mesmerizes Internet with 'Trombone Silliness'

Monday, January 07, 2013

David Finlayson, the second trombonist in the New York Philharmonic, gives us an instrument's-eye view by attaching a GoPro camera to his trombone slide.

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For Alagna and Gheorghiu - Opera's 'Posh and Becks' - End of an Era

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s announcement last week that she and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna, are getting a divorce surprised few in the opera world.

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Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up in 2012

Friday, January 04, 2013

Classical album sales dropped sharply, by 20.5 percent, in 2012, to 7.5 million copies. In 2011, 9.4 million were sold. It was the largest drop of any genre except for jazz.

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The Royal Opera Thinks Globally

Friday, January 04, 2013

"While not everything works ideally in any opera company, the Royal Opera has been on a roll," Fred Plotkin reports. But what does the future hold at a time when the company's chief executive is leaving?

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Say Goodbye to White Ties? Baltimore Symphony and Parsons Reimagine Orchestra Attire

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Baltimore Symphony has begun a pilot project with Parsons The New School for Design, to study new models for concert attire. It has changed little since Brahms's era.

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Violinist Robert Mann, 92, to Lead Master Classes Online

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Robert Mann made his New York recital debut in 1941, just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now age 92, he is leading a series of master classes this week streamed online.

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Review: Joyce DiDonato Crowns Dark Maria Stuarda at Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Met's first-ever staging of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda opened on New Year's Eve, with Joyce DiDonato as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. "Against many odds, the opera actually meant something," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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2012 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners & Losers

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

While Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" finale ushered in the New Year in rousing fashion, this Countdown also saw some surprises and notable shifts.

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The 10 Most-Read Classical Music Stories of 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The year 2012 in classical music saw financial hardships, artist shuffles, disasters, scandals, openings and closings. Here's a brief look back at 2012 according to web traffic on WQXR’s Blogs.

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Andrea Chénier: Modern Meanings in Tale of French Revolution

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of its arias became the the most memorable scene in the 1993 film Philadelphia. But far too many opera lovers aren't familiar with Umberto Giordano’s verismo gem, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Three Sexiest Librettos in Opera

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Opera is at its most steamy when passion trumps reason. In this edition of Opera in Brief, we consider three of opera’s sexiest librettos.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians who Died in 2012 - Slideshow

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The year 2012 saw the passing of singers, composers, violinists, authors and critics, among others who contributed to classical music. Click on the arrows below to scroll through the slideshow.

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Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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An Operavore Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Launch WQXR's Operavore stream this holiday season and you can enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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New York City Opera Sets Go On Sale

Friday, December 21, 2012

Procrastinating holiday shoppers with a taste for grandeur take note: New York City Opera began selling off its old sets this week. View a slideshow of a few highlights.

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Five Things to Listen for in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Friday, December 21, 2012

If Handel's Messiah is the quarterback of holiday music, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is the second-string walk-on. But today, Bach's underplayed work gets a starting spot in the lineup.
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Top Three Operas About Small Town Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three operatic portraits of every day life in the mid 19th century, by Britten, Smetana and Delius.

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When Shopping for Tires Meant Buying a Christmas Album

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

During the 1960s and '70s, Goodyear and Firestone peddled Christmas albums in their stores, usually for a dollar each, while customers waited to get their tires changed or wheels aligned.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life imitates art at La Scala, writes Fred Plotkin. "Lohengrin tells the story of a besieged nation whose leadership is fragile and whose freedom is imperiled."

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