On Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday, 3 Recordings From His Era

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Google is featuring an animated doodle commemorating Debussy's 151st birthday. We present three archival performances, from 1911 and 1912, in his honor.

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Julius Rudel Tells It Like It Is (and Was)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Former New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel recently published a memoir, which despite its flaws, provides a history of the company and its most important figure.

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Gay Rights Petition Puts Pressure on Metropolitan Opera Stars

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If it wasn’t Tchaikovsky, it may never have come up. But suddenly, opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev now find themselves in an awkward circumstance.

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Study: When Judging Music Competitions, Looks Matter Most

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Participants in a new study — including highly trained musicians — were better able to identify the winners of competitions by watching silent video clips than by listening to audio recordings.

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Does 'The Lone Ranger’ Remake Get the William Tell Overture Right?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"It’s exciting in a way but ultimately it just doesn’t grab me," said host David Garland on Movies on the Radio.

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Shakespeare, the Musical Muse

Friday, August 16, 2013

Shakespeare’s plays, with their gorgeous language, are not always congenial for musical adaptation. And yet, the stories and characters are so vivid and, yes, human, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Nearly 100 Composers Call for End to Minnesota Orchestra Lockout

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history witnessed a new salvo on Thursday as 91 composers sent an open letter to the Minnesota Orchestra’s musicians, administrators and board.

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Review: A Marriage of Figaro with Musical Taste, Fashion Faux Pas

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Racks of dresses sat in the middle of the stage while costumed mannequins hung in mid air in the Mostly Mozart production of Marriage of Figaro. David Patrick Stearns had a look and offers his review.

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Joshua Bell to Judge Miss America Pageant

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Along with their enthusiasm for travel and quest for world peace, Miss America contestants may wish to talk Kreisler and Sarasate this year.

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New DVDs Offer Beloved Operas in Stylized Productions

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Miss out on summer festivals? These recent DVDs allow you to revel in the glorious sights and sounds without doing battle with the crowds or the high prices.

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Steinway Stock Rises After a New Bidder Enters the Stakes

Monday, August 12, 2013

The stock of Steinway Musical Instruments hit an all-time high on Monday after the company received a new buyout offer.

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Remembering Regina Resnik

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The death of someone like Regina Resnik, which happened on August 8, just weeks before her 91st birthday, is akin to a library burning to the ground," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Orchestras Use New Video Technology, Courting a Younger Crowd

Monday, August 12, 2013

Video screens in concert halls have long been controversial. Now they're being joined by a new generation of digital effects and video art – the kind usually seen in Las Vegas spectacles.

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NY Public Library Selling 22,000 Vinyl LPs for $1 Each

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hundreds of vinyl-record aficionados descended on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday for a rare sale of LPs from the library's collection.

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Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano and Director, Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

Regina Resnik, the Bronx-born mezzo-soprano, died on Thursday in New York. Listen to an archival interview with Resnik from 1972.

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The Russians are Coming! Locating the Slavic Soul in Opera

Friday, August 09, 2013

Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."

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Reddit, Read it? A Classical Music Community Emerges on Social News Site

Thursday, August 08, 2013

What started as low-budget link-sharing website for tech-savvy young people has spawned a growing classical music community.

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Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

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Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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