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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No, we're not talking about Pagliacci – that’s by Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana isn’t one of them either – that’s by Mascagni.

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New York Philharmonic to Fill Armory with Surround-Sound Music

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The New York Philharmonic will perform spatial music at the Park Avenue Armory this weekend. In one piece, three orchestras will surround the audience. Another features eight groups.

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The American (Operatic) Dream Resonates in LBJ Oratorio

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

In the wake of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuting on HBO and in advance of July 4th, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a recent work by Steven Stucky about the LBJ administration.

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Dining With Caruso Near the Old Met

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A delightful exhibition of old New York restaurants recently opened at the New York Public Library. It reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the tenor Enrico Caruso, who loved food and frequented the restaurants around the Old Met.

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Caught in the Crossover: OperaBabes and Embracing Guilty Pleasures

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

With a new release from the Opera Babes, Olivia Giovetti looks at the malleable term "guilty pleasure," especially when it comes to classical music.

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Regime Change at Juilliard Historical Performance Program

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monica Huggett, the director of Juilliard’s historical performance program since its inception in 2008, is stepping down, the school said on Monday. Replacing her as director will be Robert Mealy.

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Andrew Litton Named Artistic Advisor to Colorado Orchestra

Monday, June 25, 2012

Instead of hiring a full-time music director, the Colorado Symphony announced Monday that Andrew Litton will become its next "artistic adviser."

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Brigitte Engerer, French Pianist with a Russian Soul, Dies at 59

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brigitte Engerer, a French pianist who trained in Moscow and became known for her brilliant interpretations of French and Russian repertoire, died Saturday in Paris. 

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There's Something About Francesca

Friday, June 22, 2012

With the temperature already cranked up, the Princeton Festival goes even hotter and descends into hell this weekend with Rachmaninoff’s 1904 opera Francesca da Rimini based on the fifth canto of Dante’s The Inferno and starring soprano Caroline Worra.

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Unsung Singers: Sandrine Piau Conjures a Spirit of Intimacy and Romance

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.

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Audra McDonald out of 'Porgy and Bess' for Weeks

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bess is taking a rest.

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The Vocal Scenes of Make Music New York

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Over 1,000 free performances are set to take place tomorrow across all five boroughs as part of Make Music New York. Blogger Olivia Giovetti highlights the classical vocal offerings.

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Watch: Conductors Seek Perfect Pitch on the Baseball Diamond

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last week, the Italian conductor Riccardo Muti threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Watch this slideshow of conductors' first pitches.

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YouTube Pianist Plays Her Way to Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you've ever trawled YouTube for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Totentanz or Chopin’s 24 Etudes, chances are you've encountered a clip of Valentina Lisitsa.

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When Art is Noble and Beliefs May Not Be

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Five Pieces By Missy Mazzoli You Should Know

Monday, June 18, 2012

Olivia Giovetti offers five pieces that epitomize the work of Missy Mazzoli, recently named composer in residence at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group.

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Dissonant Music Brings Out the Animal in You, UCLA Study Says

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is it about the big, earth-shattering climaxes in Mahler symphonies or the violent finales of Beethoven string quartets that gets audiences’ hearts racing?

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The Top 10 Operas Set in Rome

Sunday, June 17, 2012

With Woody Allen taking us to the Eternal City in To Rome, With Love, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the top 10 operas set in Rome.

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What the Best Conductors and Critics Can Teach Us

Friday, June 15, 2012

The best conductors and critics have a great deal to teach us, writes Fred Plotkin, whether we are performers or lovers of opera and classical music.

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On 169th Birthday, Grieg Becomes an Unlikely Icon

Friday, June 15, 2012

Composer Edvard Grieg, born 169 years ago Friday in Bergen, has inspired an oil field and a chain hotel. Tune in to WQXR today to hear several of his lesser-known works.

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