Poll: Should Opera Singers Bare All?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A performance that includes nudity can still stir up controversy. But should it? Tell us what you think about nudity in opera and take our polls.

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Warm Up: Kate Aldrich Makes a Mean Risotto Before Bellini

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The day of a show is full of decisions for mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich, important decisions like: Radicchio or porcini mushrooms? With sausage or without?

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Jon Lord, Composer and Deep Purple Founder, Dies at 71

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, the organist for the trailblazing rock band Deep Purple who later composed works for symphony orchestra and chorus, died Monday at 71.

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Nudity for Opera Buffs

Monday, July 16, 2012

From Salome to Samson et Delila to Wagner's Rheinmaidens, opera singers are occasionally asked to bare all. "As a general rule," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "nudity is fine if it is an integral part of the story."

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Operatic Sounds of Silence

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Symphonic Celebration for Woody Guthrie's Centennial

Saturday, July 14, 2012

All this week the country has been celebrating American icon Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, which is Saturday. Check out these unusual "classical" versions of his songs.

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World Choir Games in Ohio draw 15,000 participants

Friday, July 13, 2012

The world's largest and most prominent choir competition is coming to a close in southwest Ohio.

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Between the Sheets: Favorite Books from Futral, Calleja, Luisi and More

Thursday, July 12, 2012

With summer beach reading season underway, we turn to some of today's top singers and conductors and ask: what’s your favorite book?

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From the WQXR Serendipity File...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

There we were in Central Park, watching the rehearsal for that evening’s concert broadcast, when in the distance was a children’s choir, writes Jeff Spurgeon. See what happens next.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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New Jersey Symphony Extends Lacombe's Contract

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jacques Lacombe has renewed his contract as music director of the New Jersey Symphony through the 2015-16 season. His renewal comes after an eventful spring season.

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Take Me Out to the Opera

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The All-Star Game is the baseball equivalent of an opera gala, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "The greatest practitioners of their craft gather in one place and give audiences pleasure and excitement."

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'Flash Choir' Debuts Philip Glass Piece in Times Square

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

At first, the tourists passing through Times Square were captivated by the giant video screens hanging overhead and the usual chaos of midtown. See what happened next.

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The Top 10 French Aria Recordings

Monday, July 09, 2012

With Bastille Day less than a week off, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the ten greatest French recital recordings.

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Watch: Australian Film Combines Surfing and Classical Music

Monday, July 09, 2012

Pieces by Rameau, Bach and Rachmaninoff are crashing onto Australian shores this summer with a new movie project that attempts to marry classical music and surfing.

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Spotlight: Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia Gets Its Moment

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Mid-Year Report: Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up

Thursday, July 05, 2012

In the first six months of 2012, classical album sales dropped 18.1 percent to 3 million units, according to a mid-year report released Thursday.

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Orchestra Music Director Salaries Disclosed

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Adaptistration, the blog on the orchestra business, has published its annual charts of salaries for most of the major American orchestras’ music directors and executives.

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One-Person Shows: Star Vehicles but Compelling Drama?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Lincoln Center Festival is taking a lean approach to several of its dramatic and musical offerings this year, with a one-person play and operas for one or two people. Olivia Giovetti reports.

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Remembering Evelyn Lear, Soprano with Magnetic Presence

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.

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