Met Opera and Stagehands Reach a Deal, Allowing Season to Open on Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera and the stagehands union have reached a deal on a new contract, ending the prospect of a work stoppage and assuring that the fall season will get underway.
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Actress's Head, Cellist's Body Digitally Fused in Film 'If I Stay'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new film raises one the perennial challenges actors face when playing classical musicians: how to look convincing in performance scenes.
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Has There Ever Been a Music of the Future?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After Wagner espoused "The Music of the Future," the Italian Futurist movement glorified speed and industry. Do these qualities make good art?
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The Terms: Unions Make Concessions, Met Opera Agrees to Oversight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera won't comment on the terms of the contracts reached with its two largest unions. But sources with the unions have been sharing details.
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Licia Albanese and Richard Tucker in All-Puccini Program

Monday, August 18, 2014

In memory of Licia Albanese, who died last week, we've uncovered this gem from the archives: an all-Puccini concert featuring Albanese with the tenor Richard Tucker.
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Met Opera Reaches Tentative Deals With Two Largest Unions

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with its unionized orchestra musicians, singers, dancers and directors, following an all-night bargaining session.
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Metropolitan Opera Labor Dispute: Ongoing Coverage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Met says it has reached contract agreements with with singers and orchestra members and extends the deadline to negotiate with stagehands.

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Utah Symphony Barnstorms Five National Parks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances.

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Licia Albanese, Soprano Who Specialized in Puccini Roles, Dies at 105

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Licia Albanese, an opera singer whose Puccini and Verdi interpretations came to symbolize for a generation the sound of an Italian soprano, died on Friday.

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Adrian Romoff, 9-Year-Old Pianist, Makes His Mark on Reality TV, YouTube

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adrian Romoff, the nine-year-old pianist who parlayed classical training into a showy reality TV act, departed this week from "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

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Video: When Lauren Bacall Serenaded Leonard Bernstein

Friday, August 15, 2014

In 1988, Lauren Bacall made a memorable appearance at Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday gala at Tanglewood, serenading him with "The Saga of Lenny."

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In Search of Richard Strauss in Bavaria

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With this being the Strauss anniversary year, blogger Fred Plotkin tracked down some of the composer's haunts in Munich, and got access to his villa in nearby Garmisch.

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Met Opera Opening Night: Poplavskaya Out, Majeski In

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has pulled out of the opening-night production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The American soprano Amanda Majeski will replace her as Countess Almaviva.

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NYC Subway Performers: We're Being Over-Policed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Acrobats, dancers and musicians who perform in New York City's subway system are decrying what they say is heavy-handed policing.

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Listen: When Robin Williams Played the Metropolitan Opera

Monday, August 11, 2014

In 1986, Robin Williams appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House, in which he parodied opera singers, the ballet and his training at Juilliard.

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Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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Beethoven's Ninth Inspires Nike Basketball Shoe

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Your grandmother's fringed piano scarf may no longer appear so lonely in the hallway coat closet.

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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Priceless Bagpipes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border.

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Planet Opera: Munich

Friday, August 08, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains why he thinks the best opera festival in the world is at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Bayreuth

Monday, August 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Wagner's influences on Bayreuth.

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