Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Director, to Step Down After 33 Years

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jeanne Lamon, music director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, says she will retire in 2014, ending a 33-year run at the helm of one of the more adventurous early-music groups on the world stage.

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The Top Three Operas with Nerd Appeal

Thursday, October 18, 2012

From astronomy and math to physics and comparative literature, operas with nerd appeal are becoming increasingly popular.

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Opera Patron Vilar Freed on Bail After Court Ruling

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An opera-loving philanthropist convicted in New York of a multimillion-dollar fraud has been freed on bail to await the outcome of his appeal.

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The Song of the Ancient Soprano

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"There are a still some very old singers who walk among us, heads only slightly bowed, and seem like messengers from that lost world of opera in the 1920s and 1930s," writes Fred Plotkin. "They actually did know Puccini."

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Georg Solti’s Seven Most-Watched YouTube Videos

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The conducting legend Sir Georg Solti would have been 100 on Sunday, Oct. 21. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm for a special live tribute broadcast featuring the World Orchestra for Peace led by Valery Gergiev.

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Orchestra Watch: Seattle Symphony May Strike; Philly Saves the Day

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In this season of discontent, it can be hard to keep up with the changes so we're introducing Orchestra Watch, a new weekly look at the country’s hotspots.

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Conductor Zubin Mehta Honored by Israel's President

Monday, October 15, 2012

 Israel's president has recognized Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta for his contributions to Israeli society.

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Thoroughly Postmodern Cecilia

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cecilia Bartoli is bald, vaguely sinister, and in ecclesiastical drag on the cover of her latest recording, "Mission." Tracing the evolution of her persona from the late 1980s to this can be revealing.

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Green-Wood Cemetery Unveils New Gottschalk Statue

Sunday, October 14, 2012

On Saturday, 142 years after his death, a crowd of about a hundred turned out for the unveiling of a new statue at Louis Moreau Gottschalk's grave in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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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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