What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music: A Guide for All Interests - Part Two

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin offers part two of his guide to opera in New York City, for listeners who are into great voices, rarities and edgy work.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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GOP Lawmakers Try to Ease New Curbs on Ivory Sales

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments and others.

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Seven Stunning Photos of Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A portfolio of photographs offers a unique perspective on the classical music scene as it's played out in different corners of the world.

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New York City Opera Creditor Seeks to Revive Company

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nine months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and canceled its season, the company's board says that it has received five proposals to restart the shuttered organization.

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What to Hear in Opera and Vocal Music in NYC: A Guide for All Interests

Monday, July 07, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the many categories of potential opera ticket buyers and suggests performances this coming season in New York that might pique their interest.

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Mahler's Love Life Comes into Focus in Discovered Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014

A recently discovered letter from Gustav Mahler’s close confidante and sometime lover Natalie Bauer-Lechner spills many new details on the composer’s complicated love life – and names names.

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Conductor Riccardo Chailly out of Summer Concerts with Broken Arm

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from his performances over the next two months after breaking his right arm in a fall.

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Los Angeles Promises New Subway Won't Disturb Disney Hall Concerts

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles appears to be on course to stemming a problem that is a familiar irritant to many New York concertgoers: subway noise.

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All-American African-American Divas

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The almost untranslatable Italian word estro means a sudden inspiration, touched with genius, to create something extraordinary where it was unimaginable before. Here's where it applies to musicians.

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Video: EU Parliament Members Turn Backs on Beethoven's Ninth in Protest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the ceremonial opening of the European Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's Euroskeptic, anti-immigration party staged an unusual protest as an orchestra played.

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Brewery Launches Beer Series Inspired by Holst's The Planets

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The beer industry has previously offered such melodious brews as Rheingold, Amadeus Blanche and Falstaff Beer. Next month comes a series inspired by Gustav Holst's The Planets.

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One Last Curtain Call for New York Philharmonic Concertmaster

Monday, June 30, 2014

After 6,033 performances, 219 solo appearances and 34 years, Glenn Dicterow took his final bows with the orchestra on Saturday night.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Unsung Forays into Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

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Video: Verdi Flashmob Surprises Airplane Passengers

Monday, June 30, 2014

What's perhaps most impressive is that Alfredo and Violetta's "Brindisi" unfolds in a small regional jet.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on the numerous musical contributions of gay and lesbian composers throughout history.

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Top Five Interpreters of Gertrude Stein

Friday, June 27, 2014

Opera Theater of St. Louis premiered Ricky Ian Gordon's opera about Gertrude Stein. Gordon is only the latest composer to find a muse in Stein’s words and world; here are five others.

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Sense and Sustainability in the Opera House

Friday, June 27, 2014

"The questions of sustainability, which is the central organizing concept of the way we must live now if we are to survive, should be examined in the context of the opera houses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Julius Rudel, New York City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor Julius Rudel, who ran New York City Opera during its golden age, from 1957 to 1979, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 93.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Fails to Find Buyer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cue the inevitable viola jokes. The rare 1719 Stradivarius viola that was expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale failed to attract a buyer on Tuesday.

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