When Shopping for Tires Meant Buying a Christmas Album

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

During the 1960s and '70s, Goodyear and Firestone peddled Christmas albums in their stores, usually for a dollar each, while customers waited to get their tires changed or wheels aligned.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life imitates art at La Scala, writes Fred Plotkin. "Lohengrin tells the story of a besieged nation whose leadership is fragile and whose freedom is imperiled."

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Watch: Trinity Wall Street Choir Sings with the Rolling Stones

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rolling Stones brought their 50th anniversary tour to a close on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and joining the band was the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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New York City Opera Names Head of Music Staff

Friday, December 14, 2012

Myra Huang, a pianist who frequently works with opera singers, has been named the head of music at New York City Opera, a part time position.

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The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogger Marion Lignana Rosenberg lists the top five performances of 2012, plus five of the best opera recordings. And yes, there’s a lump of coal for those who served up duds.

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Film to Set La Bohème in Williamsburg (Beards and Tattoos Included)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mimì and Rodolfo face many adversities in La Bohème – a drafty garret, a creepy landlord, tuberculosis. But all are mere annoyances compared to the L train at rush hour.

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Opera in Brief: Top Three Operatic Crowd Scenes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When a great operatic chorus is sung by a gifted group of singers, the choristers often play a starring role. Sometimes they even steal the show.

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How Would You Run the International Opera Awards?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A London-based organization called the Opera Awards Foundation announced plans last month for an annual awards gala. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers potential recipients.

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Ravi Shankar, Sitar Master Who Spread Indian Music, Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar, the sitar player and composer who became India's most influential musician, died Tuesday evening in San Diego, CA. He was 92.

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Russian Opera Diva Vishnevskaya Dies at 86

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Russian opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya, who conquered audiences all over the world with her rich soprano, has died. Vishenvskaya, widow of famed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, was 86.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic Chief to Run New Jersey Symphony

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

While the Nets said goodbye to New Jersey for a new arena in Brooklyn this fall, a Brooklyn orchestra manager is planning to add a Garden State orchestra to his resume.

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Poll: What's Your Favorite Non-English Christmas Carol?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home, according to recent data. This has an effect on the Christmas music played in churches, stores, cars on MP3 players.

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Charles Rosen, Pianist, Writer and Intellectual, Dies at 85

Monday, December 10, 2012

Charles Rosen – the polymath pianist, lecturer and author of numerous books on classical music and the humanities – died in Manhattan Sunday. Listen to an archival broadcast.

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Embattled Minnesota Orchestra Gets Grammy Nom, Posts Record Deficit

Friday, December 07, 2012

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra were nominated for a Grammy Award on Thursday, just hours before the orchestra posted an operating deficit of $6 million for fiscal 2012.

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Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Stays Cutting Edge

Friday, December 07, 2012

"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.

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Simón Bolívar Orchestra Lifts Youth in a Troubled Nation

Friday, December 07, 2012

When Venezuela's flagship orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled from lives of desperate poverty, crime and violence.

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Beyond 'Les Miz': Three Operas Based on Victor Hugo Novels

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In anticipation of a new film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, we explore three operatic settings of the French writer's novels.

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Cool to Classical: Dave Brubeck Wrote for Orchestras, Choruses

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck, who died Wednesday at age 91, wrote large-scale symphonic and choral works that expanded music's possibilities.

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Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda Makes a Rare Appearance

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Most of the works of the great bel canto composers — Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti — are seldom performed because few singers are ever up to the task, writes Fred Plotkin. But one such rarity arrives in New York Wednesday night.

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Queens Native Named Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge House Orchestra

Monday, December 03, 2012

Le Poisson Rouge has named Tito Muñoz, a Queens-born conductor, as the music director of Ensemble LPR, a flexible new in-house orchestra.

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