Mirella Freni: La Prudentissima

Friday, October 12, 2012

For almost her entire life, when Mirella Freni sang, all people could do was stop and listen. Fred Plotkin considers why.

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James Levine Plans Met Opera Return in May

Thursday, October 11, 2012

James Levine plans to return to the podium at the Metropolitan Opera in May following a two-year absence, conducting from a wheelchair following a fall last year that left him partially paralyzed.

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The Top 10 Photos of Pianists Showing Off Their Hands

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New album covers by the pianists Lang Lang and Alessio Bax raise an age-old question pianists face when confronted with a camera: What should they do with their hands?

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Top Three Show-Stopping Moments in Verdi's Il Trovatore

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So what if the plot is a little bit far fetched? In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three show-stopping moments from Verdi’s masterpiece.

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Maestros on the Move: Appointments in Tokyo, Seattle

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A job offer for the Tokyo Symphony is delivered after a concert on the way to the airport.

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Giuseppe Verdi, Lost and Found

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

At the time that Verdi's daughter was born, the composer was deep into the composition of Il Trovatore, his strange and compelling story about babies who are switched, abandoned, even burned in a fire.

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Indianapolis Symphony Cancels Fifth Week of Concerts

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling a fifth week of concerts as contract negotiations with the musicians union remain deadlocked.

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Howard H. Scott, Godfather of the LP, Classical Producer, Dies at 92

Monday, October 08, 2012

Howard H. Scott, a producer known for his recordings of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, pianist Glenn Gould and violinist Isaac Stern, has died.

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Which Pieces Give You the Chills?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Movies on the Radio begins a month-long series devoted to horror film soundtracks that “chill spines.” But just what is it that causes a piece of music to create a tingling in the spine?

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Shock and Awe

Friday, October 05, 2012

The question that seems to be pervading the world of art and creative thought, as we approach the centenary of The Rite of Spring, is one that could be responded to in over 10,000 words and still not fully answered: Does art still shock?

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Lincoln Center to Install 700-Pound Door for Stockhausen Piece

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The lengths that presenters and orchestras will go to present a piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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When Singers Seem to Matter Less

Thursday, October 04, 2012

"While there are some singers who still are engaged by opera companies and presented as stars whom audiences flock to see, there are fewer of these all the time," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Watch: Placido Domingo Sings on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Placido Domingo took time out of his operatic schedule Tuesday night to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

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Autumn in Opera

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Are there operas you associate with autumn? For blogger Olivia Giovetti, they include Lucia di Lammermoor, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto and Russian operas.

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Labor Standoffs Silence Orchestras in Minnesota, Indy

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Across the country, symphony and chamber orchestra executives have cited flat ticket sales and slumping private support as they seek major pay concessions from musicians.

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Planet Opera: Cincinnati Balances Tradition with Innovation

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

This hilly, leafy city above the Ohio River grew in the 19th century with waves of German immigrants who brought values of hard work, love of music and of hearty food, writes Fred Plotkin.

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2012 MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded to Flutist, Bowmaker, Mandolinist

Monday, October 01, 2012

The flutist Claire Chase, bow maker Benoit Rolland and mandolin player Chris Thile are among the recipients of this year's "genius grants."

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When the Yankees Sponsored Symphonies on WQXR

Monday, October 01, 2012

In 1947, WQXR signed on the New York Yankees to sponsor an hour of symphonic music every afternoon in an attempt to lure baseball fans to classical music.

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'Carmina Burana': Orff's Vibrant Cantata Intertwined with Nazi Debate

Monday, October 01, 2012

It is one of classical music's hardiest creatures, repeatedly set loose across concert halls, recording studios and the landscape of popular entertainment.

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Rochester Philharmonic Facing $700K Deficit

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, started by Kodak founder George Eastman 90 years ago, is facing an operating deficit that could exceed $700,000.

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