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

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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

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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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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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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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Stifle that Cough! Say Carnegie Hall Patrons

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

During Tuesday night's Carnegie Hall Live broadcast, we confronted several patrons in the hall's lobby to ask: What do you do when you have to cough at a concert?

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Long-Haul Conductor Daniele Gatti Cancels with Injury

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.

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Concert to Recreate Rhapsody in Blue Premiere on its 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.

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Plácido Domingo Joins Cast of City Opera Reunion Concert

Monday, February 10, 2014

The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded.

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Review: Billy Budd at BAM is Electrifying

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Billy Budd has docked in Brooklyn. David Patrick Stearns writes that it explores the opera's layers with a thoroughness and balance not often found anywhere.

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Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Review: Met Tries Conceptual Approach in Rich, Confounding Prince Igor

Friday, February 07, 2014

The results of the Met's revival of Borodin's Prince Igor were visually imaginative and musically gratifying but essential narrative elements simply weren’t there, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Stolen Stradivarius Recovered from Milwaukee Attic

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.

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Opinion: Tosca, Seen Through Different Eyes

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This season, blogger Fred Plotkin went to three performances of the Met's production of Tosca, each with a different soprano in the lead role. It stimulated new insights on this controversial production.

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Watch: Daniil Trifonov Plays Debussy and Original Piece

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The 22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau and an original piece in The Greene Space.

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Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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