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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The Top 10 Rossini Operas You Probably Haven't Heard

Monday, February 06, 2012

Rossini's William Tell and Barber of Seville are among the most popular operas of all time. But what about the other 37 in his catalog? Blogger Olivia Giovetti names the top ten rare Rossini operas.

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With Bach's 'Goldbergs,' Can Two Pianos Be Better Than One?

Monday, February 06, 2012

Almost two decades ago, composer and Cambridge professor Robin Holloway set about to recompose Bach’s Goldberg Variations. If a healthy dose of skepticism is in order, rightly so.

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Recordings of Brahms Piano Performance, Otto von Bismarck Discovered

Sunday, February 05, 2012

For the first time, 21st-century audiences are able to hear the voice of Otto von Bismarck, one of the 19th century's most important figures.

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Classical Music in 2012 Super Bowl Ads

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi and Philip Glass were among the composers to appear in the commercial lineup during Super Bowl XLVI. Watch all of the ads here and tell us your favorite.

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Barcelona Opera House Latest Victim of Financial Crisis

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona's opera house, has become the latest victim of the economic crisis hitting Spain as it announced it will close for two months in a bid to cut costs.

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Remembering Erich Leinsdorf's Impromptu Requiem for JFK

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The radio microphones were present at a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at an extraordinary moment in American history.

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Meade is More in the Met's Ernani

Friday, February 03, 2012

The Met's revival of Verdi's seldom-heard Ernani is notable for a stentorian quartet of leads, but is regrettable for a somewhat tired production, writes Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Winners of Houston Grand Opera's 2012 McCollum Competition Announced

Friday, February 03, 2012

Second only to the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Grand Finals in importance, the Houston Grand Opera's 24th Eleanor McCollum Competition winners were announced Thursday night following its annual concert of arias.

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What Do Opera Audiences Want? (Part Two)

Friday, February 03, 2012

Opera company managers must decide how to balance the wishes of audiences with the larger goal of moving the artform forward. Those two priorities are not always in sync, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Watch: A Stradivarius Made from a 3D Printer

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A company in Germany has created a violin using a laser printer that's designed to be ergonomically and acoustically comparable to a traditional. Watch it in action.

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Camilla Williams, Black Opera Pioneer, Dies at 92

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Camilla Williams, believed to be the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company, has died. She was 92.

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Poll: Your Favorite Minimalist Composer

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Philip Glass's 75th birthday is being marked by premieres, album releases and tribute concerts. The occasion prompts us to ask: Who is your favorite minimalist?

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What Do Opera Audiences Want?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"When outstanding singers appear in unfamiliar works, many current operagoers won’t buy tickets," observes Fred Plotkin. "This is a serious problem."

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Choose Your Own Operatic Philip Glass Adventure

Monday, January 30, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti has devised a fail-proof flowchart to Philip Glass's recorded operas in honor of the composer's 75th birthday.

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New Recordings Spotlight Classical Soul of Latin America

Monday, January 30, 2012

To keep your musical spirits up, here are five recent albums of Latin American classical works that are sure to transport you to a warmer, sunnier place.

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Philharmonic, Union Agree on Deal to Raise Pay by Two Percent

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Philharmonic and the union representing its 106 musicians agreed Sunday to a new two-year contract that will preserve its health insurance and pension plan.

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