Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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The Art of the Comeback

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay, two singers plagued by vocal setbacks in recent years, have new albums out. Can they mount a return to form? Find out in Olivia Giovetti's review.

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New Orchestra Seeks Hip Young Audience in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.

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Putin Praises Rostropovich at Moscow Sculpture Unveiling

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, has been honored with a monument in downtown Moscow.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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Faded Virtuoso Tangles with Stubborn Violin Maker in 'The Morini Strad'

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The play "The Morini Strad" explores the uneasy bond that develops between an ornery former violin prodigy and a violin maker whom she hires to restore and sell her precious Stradivarius.

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The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Manhattan School of Music President to Step Down

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Manhattan School of Music president Robert Sirota announced Wednesday he will step down this fall in order to devote more time to composing.

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Pleasure Supplements Vision in the Met's New Manon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's easy to find fault in the Metropolitan Opera's new Manon, but why bother, argues Olivia Giovetti, who notes that the pure vocal beauty of the opening night performance makes up for the production's shortcomings.

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Classical Music to Match 'Hunger Games'' Dystopian Vision?

Monday, March 26, 2012

What if “Hunger Games” had used classical music? After all, it’s been done in many post-apocalyptic films from “A Clockwork Orange” to “V for Vendetta” and “Children of Men." Take our poll.

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Jules Massenet, Ready for Rediscovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

This year marks the centennial of Massenet's death and the French composer is being honored with a new Met production of Manon, as well as new books and an exhibit in Paris. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports.

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A Gesamtkunstwerk Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in the midst of its first season as a touring ensemble. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews their latest concert of Brooklyn-themed works.

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Classical Music Helps Mice Recover from Heart Transplants

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mice with heart transplants survived nearly twice as long if they listened to classical music than pop tunes after an operation, according to Japanese researchers.

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Funny People

Friday, March 23, 2012

Where has contemporary comic opera gone over the last century? Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti tracks it down in Hollywood.

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Newly Discovered Mozart Piece Performed

Friday, March 23, 2012

A piano work experts attribute to Mozart as a child prodigy was performed for the first time Friday since it was found last year after apparently being left in an attic for centuries.

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The Diva (Part Three): Aretha Franklin, Soul Survivor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin, who will turn 70 on Sunday, "is as exciting, surprising and compelling as when I first heard her in 1967," reports Fred Plotkin, who heard the singer on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Bach's St. John Passion: Ravishing and Disputed

Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Les Violons du Roy present Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, they'll take on a work that's admired for its sweeping drama but also disputed for its texts.

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Nonprofit: North Korea Orchestra Plans to Visit US

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Atlanta-based nonprofit is planning to bring North Korea's national orchestra to the U.S. for a tour that would start in Atlanta, according to the group's president.

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Opera at the Swipe of a Finger

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes the Met's new iPad app out for a test drive and looks at the current trend among arts organizations of making content available on-demand.

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