Sometimes You Need an #OperaBoost

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Highlights of classical music and opera content from the web, collected by WQXR hosts, editors and producers. This week features a pair of opera stars crashing CBS's 'Late Late Show.'
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Watch 371 Trombones Play Wagner and Bernstein

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On Wednesday, 371 trombone players braved the rainy weather to create their own thunder on the Lincoln Center campus.
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In Dresden Cultural Riches Abound Throughout This 'Florence on the Elbe'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Fred Plotkin visits Dresden, Germany, where he is impressed by a production of 'Lohengrin,' as well as museums, architecture and other musical offerings around the city.
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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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A half dozen performers, including Jessye Norman and Claire Chase, share words of wisdom to this year's conservatory graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
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Legendary Voice Teacher and Soprano Phyllis Curtin Dies

Monday, June 06, 2016

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The famed singer, who premiered the title role of Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" before embarking on a 51-year teaching career, died at the age of 94 at her home in the Berkshires.
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A Wish List for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, June 03, 2016

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As the Metropolitan Opera welcomes its future music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fred Plotkin offers a few suggestions for both the maestro and the organization.
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Review: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Crashes into the NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerald Barry's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' received its U.S. stage premiere in a plate-smashing and somewhat confounding production by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.
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Why Pianists Love Chopin

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Before they gather to play more than 10 hours of his work for solo piano, we asked performers in WQXR's All-Day Chopin Marathon about their connection to the composer.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Named Met's Next Music Director

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who in the 2020-21 season will assume the role held by James Levine, will have an immediate involvement in the company's artistic planning.
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7 Series in NYC Presenting World-Class Music for Free

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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From aural and literal fireworks in Central Park to a communal play-along of a Ravel masterpiece, here are gratis summer music performances in NYC to mark on your calendar.
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How Deborah Rutter Manages: A Conversation with the Kennedy Center President

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fred Plotkin sits down with Deborah Rutter for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
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Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graham Parker, who guided WQXR in its transition to a public radio station, will be moving on to the Universal Music Group in July.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Summer Productions in North America

Monday, May 23, 2016

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In his second column highlighting opera festivals and productions around the world, Fred Plotkin chronologically combs through the top events in North America.
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Forging a New Festival In and Inspired by the Mountains

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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The creative minds behind the Tippet Rise Art Center, which opens on June 17, spoke to WQXR about creating a destination for art and music lovers in the middle of remote Montana.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Europe's Leading Festivals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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In the first of two columns highlighting summer festivals abroad and at home, Fred Plotkin goes through the calendar to find Europe's best opera productions of the season and beyond.
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A Commencement Address to Vocal Arts Graduates, Class of 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

If Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin were to give a graduation commencement address, this is what he might say.
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New Version of 'Appalachian Spring' Completes What Copland Began

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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A collaboration between the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Martha Graham Dance Company and composer David Newman has created a new full orchestral version of the beloved ballet.
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In Arthur Miller's Plays, Subjects Are Operatic in Scope

Monday, May 09, 2016

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Though playwright Arthur Miller wasn't an opera fan, his plays are well suited to operatic adaptations, writes Fred Plotkin.
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7 Portraits of Mothers Who Influenced the Future of Music

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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In honor of Mother's Day, take a look at the women who bore and shaped some of the most famous figures in classical music. 
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Celebrating a Cultural Shrine on Its 125th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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As Carnegie Hall marks its 125th anniversary on May 5th, Fred Plotkin shares some of his most cherished memories of the beloved concert space.
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