Nine Operatic Tweeters to Follow

Monday, August 20, 2012

Social media trends come and go (remember Friendster?), but Twitter remains a stalwart presence. With that in mind, we take a look at some of opera's best tweeters.

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When Women Sing More Than One Role in the Same Opera

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This second article of a two part series focuses on female singers, such as Leonie Rysanek.

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Three Legendary Sopranos Play Verdi's Woman on the Verge

Friday, August 17, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we hear three legendary sopranos in memorable performances of three decisive scenes from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

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When Men Sing More Than One Role in the Same Opera

Friday, August 17, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This first article of a two part series focuses on male singers, such as Plácido Domingo.

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When Books Are Made Into Operas

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With a new batch of book adaptations for the cinema always in Hollywood development, blogger Olivia Giovetti compares the "no rules" process of film and operatic adaptations.

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Marvin Hamlisch Loved Music And People Loved Him

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WQXR Host Naomi Lewin shares her impressions from Marvin Hamlisch's funeral.

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Clinton, Minnelli Among Stars at Hamlisch Funeral

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch including Bill Clinton and Ann-Margret gathered Tuesday in New York City to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer."

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No Roses or Rosaries for Carmen and Carmélites

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes a look at two new productions of Carmen and Carmélites from indie East Village Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.

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The Musical Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In 1983, Helen Gurley Brown was a guest on WQXR’s radio program This Is My Music hosted by Lloyd Moss. Listen to this rare archived interview for her thoughts on music, sex and marriage.

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The Masterful Music of the Master of Suspense

Monday, August 13, 2012

On the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's birth, Olivia Giovetti looks at how the famed film director transformed cinema into opera.

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Ives's Music Lives On, and Many Feel His House Should, Too

Friday, August 10, 2012

Musicians and historians are searching for a benefactor to buy Charles Ives's former property in West Redding, CT, to rescue the home from the wrecking ball.

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Eight Composers Who Beat the Summer Heat

Friday, August 10, 2012

The first seven months of this year have been the hottest on record in the northeastern United States. Take comfort in the fact that things may have been worse for some of history’s great composers.

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What Our Music Collections Say About Us

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A home organization project prompts blogger Fred Plotkin to ask: What is the opera you have the most recordings of? Are there any operas you believe merit a new recording?

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The Top 10 Operas Set in England

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Olympics will soon draw to a close, Olivia Giovetti lingers in England (metaphorically speaking) to count down the top ten operas set in the country of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and James Bond.

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Opera, Come Rain or Come Shine

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

This summer has seen huge downpours interrupt several summer music festivals around the globe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the presence of rain storms off-stage and on (see: Rossini, Wagner).

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Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies in Los Angeles at 68

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and won a Tony for "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles at 68.

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Violin Virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci Dies at 94

Monday, August 06, 2012

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American violin legend Ruggiero Ricci has died at age 94. A devoted pedagogue, he made the first-ever recording of the unabridged Paganini Caprices, and went on to make several more.

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Cultural Mogul Martin Segal Dies at 96

Monday, August 06, 2012

Martin E. Segal, one of New York’s top cultural power brokers who held several positions with Lincoln Center, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

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Freewheelin' and Freeloading in the Digital Age

Monday, August 06, 2012

The news that writer Jonah Lehrer fabricated portions of his latest book makes blogger Olivia Giovetti consider how commonplace appropriation and theft is in classical music and opera.

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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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