Planet Opera: Toronto Beckons Singers and Their Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Canada has produced many magnificent opera singers but, in its customary self-effacing way, the country does not brag about them, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Australian Opera Company Cancels Carmen Over Fears it Promotes Smoking

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The West Australia Opera has said it will not program Carmen in the next two years, over fears that it would threaten $200,000 in sponsorship with a government health agency.
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Q&A: Lisa Batiashvili on New York Residency, Russia

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

When the violinist Lisa Batiashvili performs with the New York Philharmonic this year, there's much to watch for but one aspect of her career that won't be featured.
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Yo-Yo Ma's Daughter Did Not Want Her Father to Play Cello at Wedding

Monday, October 06, 2014

Emily Hornor Ma, the daughter of Yo-Yo Ma, was married on Sept. 27 at a church in Lenox, Mass., but asked her father not to play at the wedding.
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Michael Brown Protest Halts St. Louis Symphony Concert

Saturday, October 04, 2014

After the lights dimmed for the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of the Brahms Requiem Saturday night, the first solo voice that rang out was not that of the chorus.
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Soprano Amanda Majeski Manages Demanding Debut with Humor, Props

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Like many young sopranos, Amanda Majeski has been making her mark in the operas of Mozart. But unlike many, she's done so with a particular flair for the dramatic.
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Giulio Gatti Casazza: The General Manager Who Changed the Met

Friday, October 03, 2014

A new biography of Giulio Gatti Casazza, the Metropolitan Opera's manager from 1908 to 1935, reminds us of the value of strong arts administrators, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Names Daniele Gatti as Chief Conductor

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Italian conductor Daniele Gatti will become the next chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
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Rome Opera Fires its Orchestra and Chorus

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The disarray at Rome's largest opera house continued Thursday when the company's board voted to fire its choir and orchestra, and replace them with outsourced artists
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Carnegie Hall to Offer Series of Video Webcasts

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Carnegie Hall said Thursday that it will make its first significant foray into live video streaming of concerts, through a collaboration with the website Medici.tv.
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The 10 Strangest Ensemble Names Ever (And The Stories Behind Them)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some chamber groups are named after locations, composers or even their founders. Here are ten stranger names that go beyond the obvious.
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New Video: Hong Kong Protesters Carry Violins, Cellos

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As the standoff between China and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong continues, some protesters have been rallying to "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Quits

Monday, September 29, 2014

Atlanta Symphony CEO Stanley Romanstein has resigned, saying that his leadership would be an "impediment" to reaching a new labor agreement with the orchestra's musicians.
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Migrating Maestros: Why Are So Many European Conductors Quitting?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin says it's because of the paucity of able managers who can fundraise, maintain good labor relations and forge a creative vision with a music director.
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What's in a Name? Just Ask the Isis Ensemble

Monday, September 29, 2014

A respected London chamber ensemble is preparing to launch its tenth anniversary season but it has a little problem: its name is Isis.
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The Andris Nelsons Era at the Boston Symphony Begins

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Reviews of Andris Nelsons’s debut concert as music director of the Boston Symphony are trickling in; all are in agreement that, musically, the evening was largely a success.
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Smog Serenade: Opera in 18 Cars Planned Through Downtown L.A.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Southern California director is planning an opera that will take place inside 18 cars as they simultaneously cruise the streets and highways of Los Angeles.
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Study Shows Bells Harmful to Cows. What Would Mahler Say?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Researchers in Zurich said on Thursday that the iconic cowbells worn by the country's bovines could be damaging the animals' hearing and feeding habits.
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Doing It By Rota: Discovering the Underappreciated Italian Composer

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nina Rota wrote amazingly infectious and memorable music for films by many of Italy's top directors, writes Fred Plotkin. So why don't orchestras play it more often?
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Early Music Pioneer Christopher Hogwood Dies at 73

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christopher Hogwood, the English musicologist, conductor and pioneer of the early-music movement, whose interpretations once divided critics and audiences, died on Wednesday.
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