Justice Ginsburg Weighs Legal Lessons of Opera

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It turns out lawyers and opera singers have more in common than booming voices and a love of melodrama.

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When Puccini Got the Willies

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The ballet Giselle was the inspiration for Puccini’s first opera, Le Villi. It could be argued that this work, seldom seen now, had a profound impact on how Puccini’s career would develop.

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Olympic Athletes Get Static Over Off-Brand Headphones

Friday, August 03, 2012

British Olympic chiefs have clamped down on a bit of guerrilla marketing that saw the country's athletes sporting stylish - but non sponsor-brand - headphones at the games.

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People are Strange: Inside the Operatic World of the Brothers Quay

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Twin filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay are known for their stop-motion animation techniques. They've also put an enigmatic stamp on a handful of operas, as blogger Olivia Giovetti explains.

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Disappearing Ink: How Opera Companies Conceal Singers' Tattoos

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Camouflaging tattoos on a Mimi, Violetta or Siegfried becomes a critical task in the age of HD broadcasts, when every ornament or imperfection is magnified by cameras.

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Once an Enigma, Nelson Freire Steps into the Spotlight

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Once an aura of mystery surrounded pianist Nelson Freire in the U.S. But that's been changing. He talks with WQXR about his unlikely career.

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Sleuthing Singer Discovers Long Lost Aria by Cilea

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently encountered a lost aria from Francesco Cilea's 1897 opera L’Arlesiana. He tells blogger Fred Plotkin about his discovery.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Emerges from Bankruptcy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra emerged from 15 months of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday after a federal judge approved its reorganization plan.

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Bard Summerscape Rediscovers Chabrier's Le roi malgré lui

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chabrier's sprawling opera The King in Spite of Himself is getting a revival. Blogger Olivia Giovetti writes that it "will leave you gasping for air as you try to keep up."

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The Search for the 'West Side Story' Album Cover in NYC

Monday, July 30, 2012

A music fan named Bob Egan has launched a website to reveal the New York City locations of some famous album covers. See how he found the site of this classic cover.

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London Symphony, Mr. Bean Star in Olympics Ceremony

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fans of British humor and classical music received a double surprise during Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony to the 2012 London Olympics.

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An Olympian Opera

Friday, July 27, 2012

What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.

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Send in the Cons

Friday, July 27, 2012

Most operas hinge on one form of con or another, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. Among the shadiest are Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, and especially, the Mozart-Daponte trilogy.

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Synchronized Swimmers Aim to Make a Splash with Music

Friday, July 27, 2012

When the U.S. synchronized swimming team sends a duet to the Olympic games this summer, music will consist of selections by John Williams and Aretha Franklin.

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Four Fabulously Fiery Carmens

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, Driscoll explains the dynamic between the main characters in Carmen, and he identifies four memorable interpreters of the fiery gypsy.

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Is it Ethical to Take an Empty Seat in a Theater?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Plenty of us know the concert-going routine: an empty seat opens up in a better location and you pounce. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes this is problematic. Here's why.

Poll: Are empty seats yours to take?

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Singer Says Swastika Tattoo is ‘Not Political’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yevgeny Nikitin, the Russian singer who cancelled from the opening of Germany's famed Bayreuth Festival after it was discovered he had a swastika tattoo on his body, has explained his body art.

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Amy Winehouse's Operatic Lease on Life

Monday, July 23, 2012

One year after Amy Winehouse's death, Olivia Giovetti examines the soulful pop star's lasting legacy to the operatic world.

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Russian Quits Bayreuth Festival over Nazi Tattoos

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A baritone who was due to sing the lead role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth opera festival withdrew from the event Saturday.

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In the Lincoln Center Festival's 'Orpheus,' the Theater Has Its Double

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Pina Bausch's "Orpheus and Eurydice," which fuses opera with dance at the hands of the Paris Opera Ballet as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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