Reflections on Lincoln Center's Redevelopment

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the $1.2 billion renovation project at Lincoln Center -- from the addition of the high-end restaurant to the "visual bling" of the stairs leading up to the plaza.

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins White House Plan to Teach Arts in Failing Schools

Monday, April 23, 2012

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Sarah Jessica Parker and Forest Whitaker in adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools.

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New York Conductor Alondra de la Parra Takes Job in Mexico

Monday, April 23, 2012

Alondra de la Parra, the New York-born conductor who made a splash by forming her own orchestra while in her mid 20s, has a new job, as the artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco.

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Muti brings Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Russia

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti performed in Russia on Wednesday for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Fold Next Season

Friday, April 20, 2012

One of the veteran ensembles in chamber music will give its final bow next year. The decision comes five months after two founding members of the ensemble announced their retirement.

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Die Another Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In composer Jacob Cooper's Commencer une Autre Mort which, shown on Wednesday at the MATA Festival, an iconic death scene in Bizet's Carmen is transformed. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Pianist Fazil Say Under Investigation for Twitter Messages

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation against the pianist and composer Fazil Say over statements he made on Twitter about organized religion.

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New York City Opera to Travel to BAM, City Center in 2013

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

After a dire financial crisis and a season roving the city's boroughs, New York City Opera will set down roots for its 2012-13 season, presenting two productions at City Center in midtown Manhattan.

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Alec Baldwin Lobbies for Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alec Baldwin visited the nation's capitol to press for increased federal funding for the arts after government dollars were cut last year. Arts funding is shaping up as an election-year issue.

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Young Adult Fiction Goes Dystopian, Opera Follows Suit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just as the film adaptation of The Hunger Games breaks box office records, Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel will be coming to an opera stage this month. It's the latest kids' novel to become an opera, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Kevin Puts's Silent Night wins Pulitzer for Music

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kevin Puts has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for 2012 for his Silent Night, his opera about a cease-fire during World War I.

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Beethoven Enters the 'Mad Men' Universe

Monday, April 16, 2012

A season of AMC's “Mad Men” that began with the French pop ditty "Zou Bisou Bisou" has now progressed to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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Behind the Scenes at a WQXR Live Broadcast

Monday, April 16, 2012

What happens behind the scenes of a live broadcast can be just as thrilling as what goes out over the airwaves or Webcast. Watch our video on the making of a live broadcast.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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Two Summer Festivals Arrive, Like Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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On Wednesday, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival announced 2012 seasons that will feature respective nods to the animal kingdom.

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How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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