Ferruccio Furlanetto and Luca Pisaroni: Lessons of Youth and Experience

Friday, February 17, 2012

One is a veteran artist who gets better all the time; the other is a young singer whose immense gifts and potential suggest he might achieve comparable things, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Real Opera World: Brooklyn

Friday, February 17, 2012

With City Opera at BAM during the house's 150th anniversary, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the Academy's longstanding relationship with opera, and notes that BAM often beat its Lincoln Center counterparts to the punch.

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Music to Soothe the Domesticated Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2012

In recent years a small but surprising cottage industry has emerged of recordings focused on calming, entertaining and uplifting pets. But do they actually work?

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Charles Anthony, Met Record-Holder, Dies at 82

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charles Anthony, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera - 2,928 - during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died Wednesday. He was 82.

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Everybody Loves Marco

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marco Armiliato will set a Metropolitan Opera record this week by leading six operas in six days, the highest number ever in a single week by one conductor. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the feat.

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A String Quartet Creates a Soundtrack for Divorce

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What do you do for a couple who is getting a divorce? A happily married violinist and percussionist in New York came up with an unlikely concept album.

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Emerson String Quartet's David Finckel Bows Out After 34 Years

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Emerson String Quartet, one of the most respected string quartets of its era, has lost a member for the first time in 34 years.

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The Top Operatic Couples On- and Offstage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With Valentine's Day bringing a romantic air, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti names five of opera's hottest onstage and offstage couples.

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Enters Midlife with Curiosity Intact

Monday, February 13, 2012

Leif Ove Andsnes is now on the north side of age 40 and is 25 years into a busy concert career but he’s not setting out to buy a Porsche or stage a midlife crisis yet.

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A Shrinking Violet Gains Some Strength in New York City Opera's La Traviata

Monday, February 13, 2012

City Opera has unveiled its comeback performance of La traviata. Blogger Olivia Giovetti asks whether or not this will sustain the company or if it will succumb to its fiscal consumption.

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Detroit Symphony Webcast Sets Viewer Record

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Detroit symphony has set what it believes is a record for the most viewers of a live, online performance by a U.S. symphonic group.

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Classical Grammy Winners Include a DVD and Download-Only Release

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Joyce DiDonato, Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams and Eric Whitacre are among the 2012 Grammy winners.

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Remembering Rudolf Firkušny, Pianist of Refinement and Warmth

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"When I hear recordings by pianist Rudolf Firkušny, whose was born on February 11, 1912, the word that comes to mind every time is 'warmth,'" writes Jeff Spurgeon.

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The Shoulders On Which They Stand

Friday, February 10, 2012

The trailblazing African-American tenor George Shirley recently wrote an essay on race in opera that serves as a reminder of the opera field's past inequities and potential for progress, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Seeks Soloist via YouTube Contest

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials insist it's not "American Idol" meets Mozart.

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Which Operas Actually Need New Recordings?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

With the Grammys upon us this weekend, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks once again at the opera category and asks what works could actually do with new recordings.

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John Williams and Alban Berg: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

With John Williams's 80th birthday and Alban Berg's 127th, blogger Olivia Giovetti considers how the two composers approached borrowing and pastiche.

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Watch: Gustavo Dudamel and Elmo on Sesame Street

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The famously floppy-haired maestro of Los Angeles-via-Venezuela made his debut on Sesame Street this week. See this and videos of other classical guests on the show.

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Realism vs. Racism: Opera's Casting Call

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A scholarly book looks at the many depictions of people "of color" in opera, including the thorny stage practice in which performers apply heavy makeup to play leading roles such as Otello and Aïda. Fred Plotkin considers.

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Too Busy to Read Charles Dickens? Then Try the Music

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tuesday marked the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Find out about the musical connections to the famed writer.

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