For Patricia Racette, Life is (also) a Cabaret

Friday, March 02, 2012

"I don’t see the worlds of classical/opera and “pop”/Broadway as separated by a wall but as sitting on the same gorgeous field in different zones that sometimes overlap," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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Embattled Philadelphia Orchestra Extends CEO's Contract

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's governing board has renewed the contract of president and CEO Alison Vulgamore for three years. Her salary is $450,000 annually, but perks bring it higher.

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Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Can't sit through all 17 hours of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle? Consider then Lorin Maazel's "The Ring Without Words."

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Maurice André's Successor Describes his Singular Influence

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trumpeter Alison Balsom talks about her experience playing for Maurice André at a competition -- and about how he shaped the course of solo trumpet playing.

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Old-Time Religion Lives in the Met's Khovanshchina

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Curiously enough, with an all-star Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian cast, the biggest name in the Met’s revival of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina is a Frenchman," writes Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Warm Up: Ildar Abdrazakov Alternates between Angry Monarchs and Angry Birds

Monday, February 27, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm-Up, Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov tells blogger Olivia Giovetti about how he balances a pre-show routine when starring alongside his opera star wife.

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Singing Terrorists: Death of Klinghoffer Gets London Premiere

Monday, February 27, 2012

No opera has been dogged by controversy over the last two decades as John Adams's 1991 work The Death of Klinghoffer. That was the case again this weekend at its London premiere.

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City Ballet Conductor Steps Down to Pursue European Career

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fayçal Karoui cited increasing conducting commitments abroad as too demanding to maintain the music director position.

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Howard Kissel, Longtime Arts Critic, Dies at 69

Monday, February 27, 2012

Howard Kissel, longtime cultural critic and classical music supporter, died Friday of complications due to a liver transplant. He was 69.

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With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Monday, February 27, 2012

Even while absent from the conductor's podium, Music Director James Levine's presence is nonetheless still felt in The Metropolitan Opera's upcoming programs. Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his highlights.

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Maurice André, Regarded as World's Greatest Solo Trumpeter, Dies at 78

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maurice André, the son of French miner who sparked an international renaissance for the solo trumpet, died Saturday at age 78. André was praised for his bright tone and seemingly effortless virtuosity.

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Après Missy Mazzoli, le Deluge

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Composer Missy Mazzoli’s world, writes Operavore Olivia Giovetti, "is a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere. It may be overwhelming to live there permanently, but it’s a hell of a place to visit." Find out why in Giovetti's review of the world premiere of Song from the Uproar, now playing at the Kitchen.

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Kaija Saariaho Takes Manhattan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall this year. Her much-admired body of work includes the operas L’Amour de loin and Adriana Mater. Blogger Fred Plotkin spoke with her about her upcoming engagement.

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Metropolitan Opera's 2012-13 Season Celebrates Wagner and Verdi Birthday Bicentennials

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday evening announced its 2012-13 season, which will feature seven new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 16 revivals and three complete Ring cycles.

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Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna: The Plot Thickens

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If only the plot worked, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna, his debut opera, might be on track to becoming a real addition to the 21st-century canon.

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Eric Owens Gives Alberich a Therapy Session at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A regular presence on the opera stage, bass-baritone Eric Owens made his Carnegie Hall recital debut with a surprisingly dark program that featured lieder by Wolf, Schumann and Schubert.

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New York Philharmonic Announces New Season's Schedule

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The New York Philharmonic announced its upcoming 2012-13 season Wednesday morning, one that will feature the composer Christopher Rouse and the pianist Emanuel Ax.

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A Music Maker Happy to be a Conduit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adam Abeshouse has a job description that charts many paths: therapist and coach for hyper-sensitive artists; a "microphone junkie" who knows his gear; and a facilitator who understands how music should sound.

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Opera and Tea Prove a Strong Brew

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sipping a flavorful tea and enjoying an opera are mutually compatible activities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. One composer has even written an opera on the subject.

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