Leonard Slatkin: Why I Invited Listeners to Snap Photos During a Concert

Friday, February 28, 2014

Leonard Slatkin tells WQXR how he's been surprising patrons during the Detroit Symphony's six-date South Florida tour this week by inviting them to take photos of the performances on their phones.

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The Operavore Field Guide to Singers

Friday, February 28, 2014

WQXR

Welcome to Operavore’s Field Guide to Singers. With this handy companion at your side, you’ll soon be able to recognize even the rarest specimens by their distinctive songs and calls.

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Little Orchestra Society Turns to Audiences to Select a New Name

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is looking to rename itself and is asking audiences for their input. "We’re looking at everything afresh," said the group's new music director.

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Paco de Lucia: A Flamenco Master's Foray into Classical Music

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

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Top 5 Oscar-Nominated Films that Would Make Great Operas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The silver screen has periodically been a source of inspiration for opera composers. Here are five of this year’s Academy Award-nominated films we believe could be sung on the stage.

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Cello Duo Scores YouTube Hit with Heavy-Metal Cover

Monday, February 24, 2014

The crossover cello duo known as 2Cellos has scored a viral video hit with a theatrical cover of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”

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The Pleasures of Soft Singing

Monday, February 24, 2014

There are many singers, especially young ones, who have big healthy voices and sing loud all the time. This is a problem, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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Photos: Classical Musicians in the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The pianist Denis Matsuev, violist Yuri Bashmet, soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Valery Gergiev were among the performers in the Olympics closing ceremony.

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Christie's to Auction Van Cliburn Estate Items

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hundreds of items from the estate of the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn are scheduled to go up for auction next month. An 1869 Bechstein anyone?

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Gustavo Dudamel Responds to Furor Over Venezuela Concert

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel has responded to sharp criticism that he conducted a high-profile concert in his native Venezuela on the same day that anti-government protests in Caracas had spawned violent clashes.

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Vienna, You Alone

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Vienna is contradictory to be sure," writes Fred Plotkin. "It is a city of amazing art, creativity and innovation, but also of a provincialism that is, most of the time, naively inward-looking."

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Review: The Met's New Werther Succeeds in Haunting Ways

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Operavore's David Patrick Stearns reviews the new Met Opera production of Werther which reveals itself as a haunting but solid presentation.

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Opera Philadelphia To Premiere Two New Operas in 40th Season

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WQXR

Opera Philadelphia will host the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and the East Coast premiere of Oscar during it's 40th anniversary season. The company's 2014-2015 season also feature a few new productions of old classics. The performances feature opera notables Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee as well as some up and coming talent.

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Goethe's Legacy in Art and Opera

Monday, February 17, 2014

From Werther to Faust, the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have impacted literature and opera for more than 200 years. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin dives into Goethe's influences in light of a new Werther production.

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Watch: The Classical Music Comedy of Sid Caesar

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at age 91, is being remembered as a genius of television and comedy. Yet he had some serious musical experience too.

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Preservation Battles for Bach, Ives Homes Take Unusual Twists

Friday, February 14, 2014

While many former homes of history’s composers have been destroyed by war, natural disaster or workaday real estate development, campaigners have increasingly sought to preserve what remains.

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Valentine's Week Highlights on Operavore

Thursday, February 13, 2014

WQXR

To celebrate Valentines Day, this week we're showcasing a series of full operas on the Operavore stream.

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Top Five Opera Scenes for Jaded Hearts

Thursday, February 13, 2014

While several operas weave sincere tales of undying love, an equal number seem to undermine the actual notion of love and make fools of those who profess it.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"The season is an engaging mix of standard repertory and unusual offerings to please regulars, newcomers and those with more experimental inclinations," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Met to Stage Terrorist Hijacking Opera in 2014-15 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the most controversial operas of recent decades will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera this fall.

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