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Rocking the Cradle of Opera: Tough Times for Florence’s Maggio Musicale

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Florence's Maggio Musicale has suffered bombings, floods, managerial inattention and political maneuvering. But recent austerity measures in Italy are especially damaging, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Caroline Shaw Wins 2013 Pulitzer for Music

Monday, April 15, 2013

Caroline Shaw, a New York-based graduate student, has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music for her Partita for 8 Voices.

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Review: City Opera's Grand, Musically Uneven Moses in Egypt

Monday, April 15, 2013

The ages-old plea, “Let my people go,” took on immediate meaning when Rossini’s Moses in Egypt had concluded its second act and the Israelites were still captive, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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'Mad Men' Recap: Bellini's Norma and a Classical Radio Broadcast

Monday, April 15, 2013

For "Mad Men" viewers anticipating that a shift to 1968 in Season Six would bring a fresh batch of counter-cultural references, the show’s creators have so far managed to thwart any such expectations.

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Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard Wins Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 15, 2013

Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano from New York City, has won this year’s Richard Tucker Award, given annually to a promising American opera singer.

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English Conductor Colin Davis Dies at Age 85

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Colin Davis, the president of the London Symphony Orchestra and that orchestra’s longest-serving conductor, died Sunday at age 85 after a short illness.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Play Behind Bars

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Members of one of the classical music world's most celebrated orchestras will perform Sunday behind bars. Looking on will be celebrated conductor, Riccardo Muti.

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Small NYC Opera Companies Band Together in New Alliance

Saturday, April 13, 2013

There’s a new organization designed to serve New York City’s small, grassroots opera companies and their fans.

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As New York City Opera Seeks New Identity, a Nod to its Past

Friday, April 12, 2013

This Sunday, New York City Opera will perform at City Center on West 55th street for the first time since 1965. The homecoming happens as the company looks to forge a new identity.

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Montserrat Caballé: Ultimate Diva

Friday, April 12, 2013

Montserrat Caballé turns 80 on Friday. Fred Plotkin considers the famed soprano – a sublime bel canto singer, dignified Tosca, notorious canceler and duet partner to Jose Carreras.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Announces China Tour

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Forty years after it became the first U.S. orchestra to visit China, the Philadelphia Orchestra is planning to go back with a new tour and new program.

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At Columbia University, Great Books to Great Opera

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opera fans are lurking among the student body at Columbia University, writes Fred Plotkin. "Opera companies would be wise to cultivate Columbia students for future audiences."

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Danielle De Niese Subs for Natalie Dessay in Met's Giulio Cesare

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When the soprano Natalie Dessay dropped out before Tuesday night’s performance of Giulio Cesare at the Metropolitan Opera, the company didn’t have to look far for a replacement.

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins Rocker to Campaign for US Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts.

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'Mad Men' Season Premiere: Betty and the Violinist

Monday, April 08, 2013

Viewers can always count on Betty to supply some of the weirder, darker subplots on “Mad Men,” and the season six premiere Sunday night did not disappoint.

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Feud Between Paul Krugman and Estonian President Now an Operetta

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tired of grumbling about economic austerity? Maybe it's time to sing about it.

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Review: Met's Giulio Cesare Laces Politics with Bollywood Dance

Friday, April 05, 2013

"Reaching the end of Giulio Cesare at its opening night wasn't just a matter of taking in four-plus hours of Handel’s greatest arias, but navigating stories within stories," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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New York Instrument Dealer Sued Over Lost $400,000 Violin

Thursday, April 04, 2013

A violinist is accusing a Manhattan violin dealer of losing her 1837 violin while it was on consignment – by giving it out for trial to someone who never returned – according to a lawsuit.

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Board Games: When Trustees Need a Hand

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Fans often express their frustration with opera administrators, writes Fred Plotkin. But just as influential, in most cases, are the boards that govern opera companies and provide a large part of the money.

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Robert Ward, Composer of The Crucible, Dies at 95

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Robert Ward, whose operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962, died Wednesday in Durham, NC. He was 95 and had been in failing health.

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