Top Five Political Satires in Opera

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Saturday Night Live" and Comedy Central don’t have a monopoly on political satire. Commentary on the state of government has been showing up in for centuries in operas by Monteverdi to John Adams.

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American Ballet Theater to Return to Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The American Ballet Theater said on Thursday that it has signed a three-year contract to perform at the David H. Koch Theater, ending the company's 15-year perch at New York City Center.

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Three Reasons Why Wagner’s Rienzi is Rarely Performed

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wagner’s Rienzi is an opera that hardly ever gets produced by major companies. On this edition of Opera in Brief, F. Paul Driscoll names its challenges.

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Alan Gilbert Renews Contract with New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Conductor Alan Gilbert has extended his contract with the New York Philharmonic, through the 2016-2017 season. He discusses his plans with Jeff Spurgeon.

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Review: The Met's Tempest Blows Hot and Cold

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thomas Adès’ operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest arrived at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday. David Patrick Stearns writes that it has "only fitful musical brilliance and many theatrical deficits."

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Zubin Mehta's Boisterous, Lifelong Journey in Israel

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Zubin Mehta has experienced a lot with the Israel Philharmonic, where he holds the title of music director for life. He describes the collectively-run ensemble as like a boisterous, opinionated family.

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My Father’s an Opera Singer, and So Am I

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If your father is famous or accomplished in his field of endeavor, it creates particular difficulties in forging your own path in the same profession. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers some famed singing families.

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Orchestra Watch: Lockouts in Minnesota, Costumes in Cleveland

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stalled contract negotiations in Minnesota, a startling economic report and some lighthearted Halloween programming are among the developments in the orchestra world this week.

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Once Declared Dead, Delaware Symphony to Live Another Season

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Four months after the Delaware Symphony Orchestra announced that it was suspending its operations, the orchestra says it will resume concerts in January 2013.

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Video: German Orchestra Stages 'Star Wars' Flash Mob

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The WDR Symphony Orchestra staged a flash mob fit for sci-fi geeks at Wallraf Square in Cologne, Germany.

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Planet Opera: In Valencia, Spain, the Arts Still Matter

Friday, October 19, 2012

Despite the enormous economic crisis that's crippling Spain, Valencia, its third-largest city, remains a destination for opera. Blogger Fred Plotkin was just there and shares his impressions.

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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say on Trial for Insulting Islam

Friday, October 19, 2012

A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

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Ten Newsweek Covers That Featured Classical Musicians

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newsweek announced Thursday that it will end its print edition. The newsweekly introduced general audiences to classical superstars like Bernstein and Pavarotti.

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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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