Warm Up: Isabel Leonard Seeks a Quiet Place

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kicking off a new series on Operavore about the warm-up habits of singers, blogger Olivia Giovetti catches Isabel Leonard mid-run at the Met in Il Barbiere di Siviglia to talk about sleep, stretching and Starbucks.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Three): Long-Term Planning and Last-Minute Decisions

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When times are tough, many opera companies play it safe. Blogger Fred Plotkin argues for the importance of diverse programming, particularly in light of the recent headlines about the Met's finances.

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'Opera House of the Year,' La Monnaie Streams Season Online

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In the old days, if you couldn't get to see opera on stage, you waited a few months for Public Television to broadcast one. Now the opportunities have changed and live is everything.

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Frederica von Stade Ponders Life After The Farewell Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti interviews Frederica von Stade as the legendary mezzo prepares her send off to New Jersey on Friday.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Moves its Season-Opening Concert

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative agreement late last week, but their venue is having labor issues of its own: members of stagehands union have gone on strike.

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Stephen Sondheim to Receive New York City Arts Award

Monday, October 10, 2011

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive New York City's highest honor for achievement in the arts.

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Opera's Voyage Into Columbus's Choppy Waters

Monday, October 10, 2011

Like him or not, Christopher Columbus is one of the foremost figures in world history and, as such, more complex than even opera can do justice to. Yet some have tried, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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The Song of the City

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti attends the world premiere of the Five Borough Songbook and digests the 19 world premieres. There's a 20th that takes place in Flushing on November 12.

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After Shaking Up Tchaikovsky Competition, Gergiev Brings Winner to Carnegie Hall

Saturday, October 08, 2011

When conductor Valery Gergiev became chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition last year he promised to clean house, ridding it of its historic corruption and favoritism.

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Supreme Court Invokes Copland, Hendrix in Copyright Case

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invoked Aaron Copland. The chief justice countered with Jimi Hendrix.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Two): Opera Productions Worth Saving

Thursday, October 06, 2011

When an opera company takes a beloved old production and replaces it with something new and potentially controversial, audiences become alarmed. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the keepers at the Met.

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How Steve Jobs Changed the Course of Classical Recordings

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though he died at the relatively young age of 56, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has left a legacy that changed the shape of the music industry.

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Nine Saints in One Act

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti talks with Robert Sirota about the New York premiere Holy Women, offering a lexicon of the nine saints represented in his cantata.

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The Top 10 Politically-Charged American Operas

Monday, October 03, 2011

American opera already has enough provocative subject matter to make Giuseppe Verdi green with envy. Read on for blogger Olivia Giovetti's picks for the most politically-charged American operas.

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Stormy Weather Strikes a Chord With Composers

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bring on the rain, wind and dark clouds. The gloomy weather we've experienced recently may not be good for the soul but a new study suggests that it's great for composers.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part One): Keeping Opera Vibrant in Tough Times

Monday, October 03, 2011

Even during these tough economic times, the Metropolitan Opera has been charging forth with ambitious projects in the belief that this energy and visibility will keep opera consequential. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the costs versus benefits.

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With 'One Sweet Morning,' Corigliano Finally Writes His 9/11 Piece

Thursday, September 29, 2011

When Alan Gilbert asked John Corigliano to write a large-scale commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the composer realized he didn’t want the piece to depict the actual event. He had a novel solution.

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Rough Sailing at Bargemusic as City Orders Shutdown

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oct. 1 Update: Bargemusic reopened on Friday night with a performance by the Weilerstein Trio. In a post on Facebook, director Mark Peskanov wrote, "The music sounded especially good tonight at Bargemusic after being shut down for the last two and half days." Further details to come.

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored on the Brooklyn side of the East River, abruptly shut down on Wednesday after an official with the Fire Department found problems with the hall’s emergency exit.

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The Top 10 Politically-Charged Moments in Verdi's Operas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Murder... Vengeance... Religious Strife: Giuseppe Verdi had something for everyone. With Nabucco underway at the Metropolitan Opera, blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the political side of the composer.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Orchestrated

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A number of classical performers have embraced the music of Nirvana, particularly during this, the 20th anniversary month of their groundbreaking album "Nevermind."

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