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Synchronized Swimmers Aim to Make a Splash with Music

Friday, July 27, 2012

When the U.S. synchronized swimming team sends a duet to the Olympic games this summer, music will consist of selections by John Williams and Aretha Franklin.

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Four Fabulously Fiery Carmens

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, Driscoll explains the dynamic between the main characters in Carmen, and he identifies four memorable interpreters of the fiery gypsy.

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Is it Ethical to Take an Empty Seat in a Theater?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Plenty of us know the concert-going routine: an empty seat opens up in a better location and you pounce. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes this is problematic. Here's why.

Poll: Are empty seats yours to take?

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Singer Says Swastika Tattoo is ‘Not Political’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yevgeny Nikitin, the Russian singer who cancelled from the opening of Germany's famed Bayreuth Festival after it was discovered he had a swastika tattoo on his body, has explained his body art.

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Amy Winehouse's Operatic Lease on Life

Monday, July 23, 2012

One year after Amy Winehouse's death, Olivia Giovetti examines the soulful pop star's lasting legacy to the operatic world.

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Russian Quits Bayreuth Festival over Nazi Tattoos

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A baritone who was due to sing the lead role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth opera festival withdrew from the event Saturday.

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In the Lincoln Center Festival's 'Orpheus,' the Theater Has Its Double

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Pina Bausch's "Orpheus and Eurydice," which fuses opera with dance at the hands of the Paris Opera Ballet as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Now Trending on Twitter: #ClassicalBands

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Classical music fans, some with a little too much time on their hands, took to Twitter this week to participate in a challenge known as #classicalbands.

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Kurt Masur Set for Early Return to Podium after Accident

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Three months after falling and fracturing his shoulder blade, the German conductor said that he's feeling "okay" and dismissed the significance of his early exit from the disabled list.

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Planet Opera: Fairbanks, Alaska, Where Opera is a Force of Nature

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.

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Poll: Should Opera Singers Bare All?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A performance that includes nudity can still stir up controversy. But should it? Tell us what you think about nudity in opera and take our polls.

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Warm Up: Kate Aldrich Makes a Mean Risotto Before Bellini

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The day of a show is full of decisions for mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich, important decisions like: Radicchio or porcini mushrooms? With sausage or without?

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Jon Lord, Composer and Deep Purple Founder, Dies at 71

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, the organist for the trailblazing rock band Deep Purple who later composed works for symphony orchestra and chorus, died Monday at 71.

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Nudity for Opera Buffs

Monday, July 16, 2012

From Salome to Samson et Delila to Wagner's Rheinmaidens, opera singers are occasionally asked to bare all. "As a general rule," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "nudity is fine if it is an integral part of the story."

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Operatic Sounds of Silence

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Symphonic Celebration for Woody Guthrie's Centennial

Saturday, July 14, 2012

All this week the country has been celebrating American icon Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, which is Saturday. Check out these unusual "classical" versions of his songs.

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World Choir Games in Ohio draw 15,000 participants

Friday, July 13, 2012

The world's largest and most prominent choir competition is coming to a close in southwest Ohio.

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Between the Sheets: Favorite Books from Futral, Calleja, Luisi and More

Thursday, July 12, 2012

With summer beach reading season underway, we turn to some of today's top singers and conductors and ask: what’s your favorite book?

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From the WQXR Serendipity File...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

There we were in Central Park, watching the rehearsal for that evening’s concert broadcast, when in the distance was a children’s choir, writes Jeff Spurgeon. See what happens next.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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