'Dog Days' Brings a Post-Apocalyptic Era to New Jersey

Friday, September 28, 2012

Some of the greatest works in opera deal with the end of some form of civilization or another, writs Olivia Giovetti. The latest example is the new opera Dog Days, which gets its premiere on Sunday.

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Blend of Bikinis and Chinese Opera Stirs Debate

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A stage performance by bikini-clad women wearing headpieces styled after traditional Peking Opera has sparked debate in China after photos were made public this week.

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Smoking at the Opera

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smoking used to be commonplace among opera singers, as it was the general public. These days, there remain a few hold-outs, despite its obvious dangers. Fred Plotkin considers the practice.

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The Top 10 Opera Fans from Film and Television

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From Nicolas Cage’s character in Moonstruck to Frasier Crane in "Cheers" and "Fraiser," we look at film and television’s greatest opera lovers. Check out Olivia Giovetti's list and share your own favorites.

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Pop-Up Concert: Matt Haimovitz Performs Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 on The High Line

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

As the summer of 2012 drew to a close, WQXR hit the outdoors for one last summer concert performance. This one took place above the streets and city din of Chelsea.

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Chicago Symphony Strike Settlement Allows Carnegie Hall Concerts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ratified a three-year labor contract Tuesday morning, ending a two-day strike and clearing the way for next week’s three concerts at Carnegie Hall.

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Review: 'Elixir of Love' a Frothy Season Opener at Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday with the comedy 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a new production by Bartlett Sher. The opera was "played straight and literal," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Reynold Levy Stepping Down as President of Lincoln Center

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of 2013.

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Why it's Time to Reclaim the Overture

Monday, September 24, 2012

"More than a few stage directors seem to think that the overture is theirs to play with, creating stage business that happens while the overture is being performed," complains Fred Plotkin.

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Early-Music Field Embraces ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spinoffs

Monday, September 24, 2012

The appearance last week of “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album” at the top of the Billboard charts has found a notably enthusiastic audience: performers and scholars of early music.

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The Making of a Cult Opera

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cult classics in inspire rabid fandom that familiar works never achieve. Blogger Olivia Giovetti examines why, and considers cult operas such as Wozzeck, From the House of the Dead, La Périchole, Vanessa and Prince Igor.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians on Strike

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday, just ten days before a scheduled three-night run at Carnegie Hall, which includes the hall's opening night gala.

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What Audiences Can Bring to an Opera Performance

Friday, September 21, 2012

In tough financial times, "we, as audiences, need to express faith and solidarity with our opera companies, encouraging them to be daring and creative and supporting them in their efforts," writes Fred Plotkin.

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EU OK's Universal's Purchase of British Label EMI

Friday, September 21, 2012

Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI but must sell off the company's classical music divisions, say regulators.

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With New Theater, BAM Becomes Three-Ring Music Campus

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music opened a new theater on its campus earlier this month. Musicians hope that it will provide a platform for cross-disciplinary musical work.

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Just Like an Opera

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"In listening to Tempest, Bob Dylan’s newest album which dropped last Tuesday, I can’t help but be reminded of Stravinsky," writes Olivia Giovetti. Indeed, Dylan's songs frequently aspire to art-song sophistication.

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Poll: Was Glenn Gould a Visionary or an Eccentric?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Next Tuesday, the late pianist will be the subject of our show Conducting Business. In the meantime, we'd like to hear from you: What do you think is Gould's true legacy? Take our poll.

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Notes on Rests: When Singers Face Vocal Breakdown

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There are many singers, especially young ones, who go beyond their physical and mental limits because they feel they must do so to please a conductor or manager, writes Fred Plotkin in this cautionary tale.

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Review: Radiant and Aging, Einstein on the Beach Still an Event After 35 Years

Monday, September 17, 2012

Like an eccentrically orbiting comet, Einstein on the Beach is again the object of fascination in New York. David Patrick Stearns reviews Sunday's performance.

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Embattled Charles Ives House to Be Sold, Says Society

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Preservationists' attempts to purchase the former home of Charles Ives and turn it into an artists' retreat appear to have reached a sudden coda.

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