NEA Chairman to Step Down After 3 Years

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is stepping down after three years on the job.

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The Top Five Tastiest Feasts in Opera

Monday, November 19, 2012

As many music lovers prepare for Thanksgiving meals, we've sniffed out the five tastiest feasts that are served up on the opera stage.

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Daniel Barenboim Plans Academy for Israeli and Arab Musicians

Monday, November 19, 2012

Having brought together Arab and Israeli musicians for his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conductor Daniel Barenboim plans to create a school for musicians from the Middle East.
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Faking for the Cameras: Christopher Walken Plays Cellist in 'A Late Quartet'

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."
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Planet Opera London: Discovering Handel and his Times

Friday, November 16, 2012

A visit to the Handel House Museum, the composer's former home in London, inspires blogger Fred Plotkin to consider his place in the operatic canon. 

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Steinway to Sell its Landmark Hall for $195 Million

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The music could be over soon at Steinway Hall, the elegant, 87-year-old piano showroom near Carnegie Hall.

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Delta Ejects Cello, Musician From SkyMiles Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A cellist who had been collecting frequent flier miles on his instrument for the past 11 years won’t be getting any more free flights.

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Beethoven and Michelangelo: Colossal Utopianism

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Michelangelo is to art what Beethoven is to music," writes Fred Plotkin. "Beethoven’s music is so life-affirming and we get a sense of the greatness of human potential in his music and in Michelangelo’s art."

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A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of Opera Boston

Monday, November 12, 2012

When Opera Boston folded early this year and its ambitious plans were scrapped - almost. The planned centerpiece of the company’s 2012 season was reconceived as a concert opera Saturday night.

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Kelli O'Hara to sing 'Carousel' with Philharmonic

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kelli O'Hara will be taking a break from singing Gershwin songs on Broadway early next year - to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes with the The New York Philharmonic.

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Recording Roundup: Joyce DiDonato and Nicholas Phan a Study in Contrasts

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Every musical career has an arc, and right now Joyce DiDonato is at the apogee of vocal and artistic splendor," writes Marion Lignana Rosenberg. Tenor Nicholas Phan "seems in thrall to his illustrious forebear Sir Peter Pears."

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The Problem with Opera in English

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Opera in English is particular, and often challenging, because our vowels are not always beautiful and unfriendly consonants tend to intrude," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Dietmar Machold, Jet-Setting Violin Dealer, Convicted of Embezzlement

Friday, November 09, 2012

Dietmar Machold, once the world’s most successful dealer of rare violins, violas and cellos, was found guilty of embezzlement and fraud Friday.

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Review: Boos for the Met's Handsome New Ballo Weren't Deserved

Friday, November 09, 2012

From the first scene, the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Un Ballo in Maschera was to be a grand night for booing, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.

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Three Operas Brought to You by the Letter ‘Z’

Friday, November 09, 2012

Other than Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), how many operas can you name that begin with the letter Z? Consult our Zagat-style guide to find out more.

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Three Letter Arias: Why Opera Still Loves Hand-Written Letters

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

In an age of texting, Twitter and e-mail, the hand-written letter can seem like a relic of ancient times. But not on the opera stage.

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Only the Best

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"The idea of optimism becomes difficult in difficult times," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet it is a renewable tonic, one that is not based on naiveté as much as belief."

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Poll: What Music Should Be Performed at Obama's Inauguration?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

When Barack Obama took the oath of office in 2009, a group of four musicians played Air and Simple Gifts, a somber, elegiac piece by film composer John Williams. So who should perform in January?

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Elliott Carter, American Modernist Composer, Dies at 103

Monday, November 05, 2012

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose formidably complex music helped to define 20th-century modernism, died in Manhattan Monday at age 103.

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Listen: Pianist Improvises a Debate Between Obama and Romney

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gabriela Montero, a classical pianist known for her signature improvisations on themes suggested by audience members, dramatizes a debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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