Alec Baldwin Lobbies for Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alec Baldwin visited the nation's capitol to press for increased federal funding for the arts after government dollars were cut last year. Arts funding is shaping up as an election-year issue.

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Young Adult Fiction Goes Dystopian, Opera Follows Suit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just as the film adaptation of The Hunger Games breaks box office records, Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel will be coming to an opera stage this month. It's the latest kids' novel to become an opera, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Kevin Puts's Silent Night wins Pulitzer for Music

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kevin Puts has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for 2012 for his Silent Night, his opera about a cease-fire during World War I.

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Beethoven Enters the 'Mad Men' Universe

Monday, April 16, 2012

A season of AMC's “Mad Men” that began with the French pop ditty "Zou Bisou Bisou" has now progressed to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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Behind the Scenes at a WQXR Live Broadcast

Monday, April 16, 2012

What happens behind the scenes of a live broadcast can be just as thrilling as what goes out over the airwaves or Webcast. Watch our video on the making of a live broadcast.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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Two Summer Festivals Arrive, Like Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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On Wednesday, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival announced 2012 seasons that will feature respective nods to the animal kingdom.

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How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Box office figures released Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Amid Holy Days, Anna Caterina Antonacci Casts a Spell

Monday, April 09, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her long-overdue New York recital debut on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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When Mike Wallace Interviewed Classical Musicians

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In a 65-year career, Mike Wallace took on presidents, tyrants, celebrities and other important historical figures. He also went into uncharted territory with some of the biggest names in classical music.

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The Consortium Conundrum: More Performances, Logistical Nightmares

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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In the Met's Traviata Revival, the Lady Vanishes

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's revival of Willy Decker's controversial La traviata, finding the story revamped and reimagined through both directorial vision and some last-minute casting changes.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Plays in his City Again

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago, as mortar shells began raining down on Sarajevo, killing his friends and neighbors, Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.

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