Exit Music: Choosing Your Final Playlist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?

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Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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Warm Up: Nicholas Phan Goes from Page to Stage

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Before singing Carmina Burana this weekend with the New York Philharmonic, tenor Nicholas Phan will indulge in yoga, Bach and writing. Read on for more in the newest installment of our Warm Up series.

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When Verdi was Savaged by the Censors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Verdi's operas — with their themes of anti-authoritarianism and democracy spelled danger for the various governments that controlled the occupied Italy in the mid 19th century.

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Russian Violinist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Russian violinist Andrey Baranov beat out 77 international participants to win the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels. Watch his performance of the Shostakovich concerto.

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Six Reasons to Stay Local This Summer

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer in classical music usually involves a lot of travel. But as blogger Olivia Giovetti reveals, choice vocal offerings can be found this summer at Lincoln Center, Caramoor and the Bard Festival.

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British Classical Radio Host Arrested in Zimbabwe

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Organizers of a classical music festival in Zimbabwe say authorities arrested a prominent British music personality at a concert in the second city of Bulawayo.

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Kaufmann Clarifies Lip Synching Incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jonas Kaufmann says he lip synched his performance of the Champions League theme before last weekend's final in Munich. 

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The Cleveland Orchestra Goes Dark with Salome

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nine Stemme and Eric Owens offered standout performances in Thursday's concert performance of Strauss's Salome by the Cleveland Orchestra. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the rainy-night performance.

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Top 10 Most Miserable Opera Characters

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Misery loves company, which leaves it in good, well, company in the world of opera. Read on for Olivia Giovetti's ten most miserable characters in the canon, and leave your own nominations.

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A Bountiful Falstaff Gets Everything Right

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A new production of Verdi's Falstaff at London's Royal Opera House updates the setting to 1950s England in a way that is "fresh, vibrant and relevant" writes Fred Plotkin.

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Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for the past 32 years, announced Thursday that he will step down from the post at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Files Reorganization Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thirteen months after it became the first major American orchestra to file for bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra said Wednesday it has filed a reorganization plan.

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Video: 'Nessun Dorma' Played on the Theremin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Who needs human tenors? In this video, the Canadian Thereminist Peter Pringle performs "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.

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'Mahler on the Couch' Recounts Fateful Therapy Session

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A famous meeting between Mahler and Freud forms the basis for “Mahler on the Couch.” The film explores whether therapy helped the composer get past his wife's adultery.

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UK Virtual Orchestra Puts You in Conductor's Stand

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A London museum is putting the conductor's baton in visitors' hands, allowing guests to direct a virtual orchestra using three-dimensional motion sensors.

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A Princely Encounter with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's death last week reminded blogger Fred Plotkin of "an indelible day in 1976, when my path crossed with the baritone in the most amusing way." Here's what happened.

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Philharmonic Replaces Mahler with Tchaikovsky, Debussy for Cathedral

Monday, May 21, 2012

The New York Philharmonic said Monday it will drop its scheduled performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at its annual free Memorial Day concert.

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The Life Operatic with Wes Anderson

Monday, May 21, 2012

With Wes Anderson's newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, set to open this Friday, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the operatic overtones set by the film director.

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Van Cliburn's Art, Jewels Fetch $4.3M in NY Auction

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn has fetched over $4.3 million at an auction in New York City.

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