Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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Two Summer Festivals Arrive, Like Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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On Wednesday, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival announced 2012 seasons that will feature respective nods to the animal kingdom.

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How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Box office figures released Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Amid Holy Days, Anna Caterina Antonacci Casts a Spell

Monday, April 09, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her long-overdue New York recital debut on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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When Mike Wallace Interviewed Classical Musicians

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In a 65-year career, Mike Wallace took on presidents, tyrants, celebrities and other important historical figures. He also went into uncharted territory with some of the biggest names in classical music.

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The Consortium Conundrum: More Performances, Logistical Nightmares

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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In the Met's Traviata Revival, the Lady Vanishes

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's revival of Willy Decker's controversial La traviata, finding the story revamped and reimagined through both directorial vision and some last-minute casting changes.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Plays in his City Again

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago, as mortar shells began raining down on Sarajevo, killing his friends and neighbors, Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.

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Video: Is This the Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Watch this performance of Scarbo and tell us what you think: Is it the hardest piece ever? If not, what’s more difficult?

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The South Goes Global at Savannah Music Festival

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Host Midge Woolsey has just returned from Georgia's Savannah Music Festival, which she describes as "a wonderful example of the kind of event that can be created when musical borders are blurred."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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The Art of the Comeback

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay, two singers plagued by vocal setbacks in recent years, have new albums out. Can they mount a return to form? Find out in Olivia Giovetti's review.

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New Orchestra Seeks Hip Young Audience in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.

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Putin Praises Rostropovich at Moscow Sculpture Unveiling

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, has been honored with a monument in downtown Moscow.

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