Van Cliburn's Art, Jewels Fetch $4.3M in NY Auction

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn has fetched over $4.3 million at an auction in New York City.

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Transcendent Voice: Memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation of an event seeing someone perform can lead to disappointment. But not Fischer-Dieskau," writes Naomi Lewin.

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Leading Interpreter of Lieder and Opera, Dies at 86

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, hailed as one of the great interpreters of lieder of the last century, died early Friday in the Bavarian Alps.

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Herbert Breslin, Pavarotti's Former Manager, Dies at 87

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving music publicist and manager who masterminded Luciano Pavarotti's career, died Thursday at age 87.

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Who Should Direct an Opera Production?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Opera company directors often speak of a need for fresh theatrical values. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "'fresh values' only work if the director is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about opera."

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Disco Queen Donna Summer Sang with Vienna Opera

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Although best known for her numerous disco-era hits, Donna Summer, who died Thursday at 63, got her start singing in musical theater and opera.

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Recording Roundup: Gloom, Doom and Some Luscious Lieder

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at some new lieder album releases, contrasted against some plucky opera recordings now available.

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Van Cliburn Talks Fame, Audiences and Self-Doubt at NYPL

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The 77-year-old piano legend is downscaling at the moment, preparing to sell his personal items at Christie's. The process has put him in a reflective mood.

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Coughy Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Classical concert-going is sometimes criticized as too formal and rigid. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes that more restraint is needed when it comes to one common audience affliction: uninhibited coughing.

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City Opera Revives Telemann (and Itself) with Orpheus

Monday, May 14, 2012

To round out its first season away from Lincoln Center, New York City Opera has unveiled Telemann's Orpheus. Blogger Olivia Giovetti traveled to Spanish Harlem to hear the results.

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Experiments in Opera Reopens its Laboratory with Some Mad Musical Scientists

Monday, May 14, 2012

Experiments in Opera, a composer-driven collective, presented its spring series last week. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the results, which featured laugh tracks, graphic novels and radio transmitters.

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Four Worthy Alternatives to Standard Orchestral Works

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Last week's Spring for Music festival sought to highlight the most creative programming among orchestras. Here are four recordings that should deliver more discoveries.

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Musicians Suing for $200M After Costa Concordia Wreck

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A $200 million lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January.

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The Jesus and Opera Chain

Friday, May 11, 2012

With three musicals currently on Broadway featuring depictions of Jesus, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the religious figure's relative absence from the opera stage—for now, at least.

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Pope Names Composer Hildegard of Bingen a Saint

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI officially declared the 12th-century composer, mystic, author and physician Hildegard von Bingen to be a saint on Thursday.

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Planet Opera: In Zurich, Tolerance Fosters Creativity

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From Wagner to Joyce, Zurich, Switzerland has long welcomed creative types with strong viewpoints, writes Fred Plotkin. It's not because of its vaunted neutrality but its spirit of tolerance.

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Beyond 'The Planets,' a Host of Musical Identities in Holst

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gustav Holst may be best-known for his orchestral suite The Planets but he has a host of operas to his name written over the course of his life. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the merits of two standouts.

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Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Master Teacher, Dies at 101

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Roman Totenberg, a violin instructor from Poland whose nine-decade career featured concert performances before kings and presidents and helped produce dozens of accomplished musicians, has died at age 101.

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Marc-André Hamelin to Tackle Monster Concerto

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Busoni's Piano Concerto is the biggest in the repertoire: five movements, 70 minutes long, both enigmatically philosophical and riotously tuneful, and augmented with a male chorus in the finale to boot.

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Stradivarius Cello, Worth $20M, Broken in Accident in Spain

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said Monday. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million.

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