Who Should Receive the Kennedy Center Honors?

Friday, August 31, 2012

In a few days, if customary schedules are upheld, we will learn the names of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Blogger Fred Plotkin names artists who have been overlooked or deserve recognition.

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Passion Plays: Joan of Arc on the Opera Stage

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joan of Arc has been portrayed as a villainess by Shakespeare, an angel by George Bernard Shaw, and has seen her share of operatic representation, figuring into more than 20 works, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Musicians Protest New Parking Rules Near Theater District

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Broadway musicians are protesting new parking rules they say make it more difficult to find spaces on Ninth Avenue, near the theater district.

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Poll: Who's Got the Best Nickname in Classical Music?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Several recent name-changing artists got us to wonder: which artist has the best nickname? Is it "Manny," "Pinky," "MTT?"

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Classical Musicians Change Names, Forcing Fans to Adapt

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Before he was "Lenny," Leonard Bernstein was originally Louis Bernstein. The violinist Midori was formerly Midori Gotō. And Nigel Kennedy attempted to go by his given name alone for a period.

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Pianist Van Cliburn Diagnosed with Cancer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday.

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Celebrating Tenor Richard Tucker

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Richard Tucker would have been 99 on Tuesday. Blogger Fred Plotkin writes that "even when he was 60, his singing was fresh, musical and expressive and audiences loved him."

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Richard Tucker Day: Select Events

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York honors native son and renowned opera star Richard Tucker—who would have been 99 today—with a citywide celebration to kick off his centenary year.

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Operatic Clarinet and Episodic Mass at Mostly Mozart

Monday, August 27, 2012

This year's Mostly Mozart Festival went out more with a sigh than a bang, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. And yet, "it was no less absorbing; an intriguing send-off to a festival that centered on the influence of birdsong."

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Watch: Pianist Plays Handel on a Bike, Wins Amsterdam Prize

Monday, August 27, 2012

Last year, the Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken took to the streets of Amsterdam, performing the music of Handel on a kind of rolling piano. See how it went down.

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Labor Tensions Hit High Note at Atlanta Symphony

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony remains scheduled to make what has become an annual fall visit to Carnegie Hall but financial and labor troubles now plague the 67-year-old orchestra.

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Bring Back Liner Notes, Says Recording Academy

Saturday, August 25, 2012

As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit.

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Planet Opera: An Alpine Symphony at the Verbier Festival

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Verbier Festival, held in a small French-Swiss town high in the Alps, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the summer of 2013. It has become, in a relatively short period of time, one of the most important events on the annual calendar of not-to-miss musical events, right up there with the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the BBC Proms in London.

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In Dubrovnik, Croatia, a Music Festival with an Ancient Setting

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Once war-ravaged, this walled city on the Adriatic has undergone a heralded Renaissance in recent years. But less known is the fact that it hosts a 63-year-old summer festival. 

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Colony Records, Broadway Music Landmark, to Close

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Colony Records, the famed sheet music and memorabilia store on Broadway at 49th Street in Manhattan, will close its doors after 64 years. It is falling victim to a transfigured, digital world.

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Mark Morris's Four Best Uses of Baroque Music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Choreographer Mark Morris has made memorable dances out of works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel and Purcell, among others. Olivia Giovetti looks at why he's got such a thing for the Baroque.

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Where's the Love for Debussy?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth on Wednesday is proving a bit more contentious than your average composer anniversary.

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Donal Henahan, Thought-Provoking Times Critic, Dies at 91

Monday, August 20, 2012

Donal Henahan, the music critic known for his spirited and thoughtful commentaries in nearly 25 years of writing for the New York Times, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 91. 

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Nine Operatic Tweeters to Follow

Monday, August 20, 2012

Social media trends come and go (remember Friendster?), but Twitter remains a stalwart presence. With that in mind, we take a look at some of opera's best tweeters.

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When Women Sing More Than One Role in the Same Opera

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This second article of a two part series focuses on female singers, such as Leonie Rysanek.

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