Early-Music Field Embraces ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spinoffs

Monday, September 24, 2012

The appearance last week of “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album” at the top of the Billboard charts has found a notably enthusiastic audience: performers and scholars of early music.

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The Making of a Cult Opera

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cult classics in inspire rabid fandom that familiar works never achieve. Blogger Olivia Giovetti examines why, and considers cult operas such as Wozzeck, From the House of the Dead, La Périchole, Vanessa and Prince Igor.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians on Strike

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday, just ten days before a scheduled three-night run at Carnegie Hall, which includes the hall's opening night gala.

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What Audiences Can Bring to an Opera Performance

Friday, September 21, 2012

In tough financial times, "we, as audiences, need to express faith and solidarity with our opera companies, encouraging them to be daring and creative and supporting them in their efforts," writes Fred Plotkin.

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EU OK's Universal's Purchase of British Label EMI

Friday, September 21, 2012

Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI but must sell off the company's classical music divisions, say regulators.

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With New Theater, BAM Becomes Three-Ring Music Campus

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music opened a new theater on its campus earlier this month. Musicians hope that it will provide a platform for cross-disciplinary musical work.

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Just Like an Opera

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"In listening to Tempest, Bob Dylan’s newest album which dropped last Tuesday, I can’t help but be reminded of Stravinsky," writes Olivia Giovetti. Indeed, Dylan's songs frequently aspire to art-song sophistication.

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Poll: Was Glenn Gould a Visionary or an Eccentric?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Next Tuesday, the late pianist will be the subject of our show Conducting Business. In the meantime, we'd like to hear from you: What do you think is Gould's true legacy? Take our poll.

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Notes on Rests: When Singers Face Vocal Breakdown

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There are many singers, especially young ones, who go beyond their physical and mental limits because they feel they must do so to please a conductor or manager, writes Fred Plotkin in this cautionary tale.

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Review: Radiant and Aging, Einstein on the Beach Still an Event After 35 Years

Monday, September 17, 2012

Like an eccentrically orbiting comet, Einstein on the Beach is again the object of fascination in New York. David Patrick Stearns reviews Sunday's performance.

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Embattled Charles Ives House to Be Sold, Says Society

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Preservationists' attempts to purchase the former home of Charles Ives and turn it into an artists' retreat appear to have reached a sudden coda.

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The Art of the Master Class

Friday, September 14, 2012

Master classes are one of the most fascinating aspects of the process of taking talented young singers and trying to polish and mold them while allowing them to retain what makes them special, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Baltimore Symphony Joins Parsons School for Concert Attire Makeover

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Parsons The New School for Design to re-imagine traditional concert dress for musicians.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Goes on the Couch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Second City comedy troupe is teaming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to produce short films about a therapist named Dr. Opera who counsels famous opera characters. Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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On Clara Schumann's Birthday, Debating the Status of Female Composers

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Has Clara Schumann's work achieved its rightful place in the canon? How about Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach or Lili Boulanger? Take our poll and leave your comments.

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Minnesota Woman Loses Music Downloading Appeal

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Minnesota woman accused of sharing songs online owes record companies $222,000 for willful copyright violations, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

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'A Late Quartet,' Film About NYC String Quartet, Premieres in Toronto

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, got its premiere on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer here.

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Freedom, at the Opera and Everywhere Else

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pop music has addressed the concept of freedom in many different ways, writes Fred Plotkin. "In opera, freedom is described in ways that are more indirect but also more profound."

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Fall Preview 2012: Twelve Classical Concerts to Hear This Season

Monday, September 10, 2012

Presidential elections will inevitably steal the national spotlight this autumn. But there's plenty of on-stage drama to be found in New York's concert halls this season too.

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How Political Conventions are Similar to Opera

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the fall political conventions now over, blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the similarities between these staged spectacles and those involving arias, divas and high musical drama.

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