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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Met's Götterdämmerung: Raging Against the Machine

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The final installment in the Met's new production of Wagner's Ring cycle opened on Friday. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti questions the production's longevity despite its technical pomp and circumstance.

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Big Voices on the Silent Screen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

With The Artist leading the pack for Oscar nominations, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the longstanding ties between opera and silent film.

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Nannerl Mozart: Born Too Soon

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today is the 256th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But who remembers his sister, Nannerl, who was an aspiring musician who lived in her brother's shadow?

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Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund Dies at 82

Friday, January 27, 2012

Paavo Berglund, one of Finland's most prominent conductors, has died at age 82.

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Rhythms of Latin America to Fill Carnegie Hall in 2012-13

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As part of its 2012-13 season, Carnegie will present a month-long festival of Latin music that will feature performances by Gustavo Dudamel, Gilberto Gil and others.

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Luca Pisaroni To Replace Thomas Quasthoff in Lincoln Center Recital

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The fallout from bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's sudden retirement from the concert stage is beginning to be felt around the classical music business.

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The Top 10 Mad Scenes in Opera

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As Anna Bolena returns to the Met next month, blogger Olivia Giovetti considers its pivotal mad scene and names ten others that have made their mark on the history of opera.

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Bow Backlash: Violin Shop Owner Sues Mysterious Critic

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicago violin shop owner Chunyee Lu is suing an anonymous commenter who posted negative reviews of his shop on consumer sites like Yelp.com, Citysearch.com, and Kudzu.com.

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My Journey Through China: Chaos and Harmony

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"China was always just a myth to me, a patchwork of anecdotes, news reports, and a weird middle-name given to me at birth," writes our correspondent. "And now, it was about to become real."

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'The Last of the Toscaninis'

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It is one thing to be a famous, historical figure and quite another to be that person's relative. Inevitably, their own destinies are affected by their association with their famous relations.

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John Williams Leads Best Original Score Nominees

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

John Williams leads the Academy Award contenders for Best Original Score, with two nominations: for his work on "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse."

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Detroit Symphony to Grace Carnegie Hall Festival

Monday, January 23, 2012

How does the Detroit Symphony Orchestra get to Carnegie Hall? Like everyone else - practice, practice, practice. But the Motor City musicians also added a little imagination.

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Once Destined For a City Dump, Cello Sells for More than $6 Million

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Stradivarius cello with a remarkable pedigree sold last week for more than $6 million to an anonymous arts patron in Montreal.

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Frederick Delius: Apostle of Romance, Emotion and Beauty

Friday, January 20, 2012

He is a composer who had no notable success until he was well into his forties, one who is largely forgotten as the 150th anniversary of his birth approaches. But don't let that dissuade you from Frederick Delius.

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Warm Up: Danielle de Niese Plugs In

Friday, January 20, 2012

How does a soprano get ready for a big performance? For Danielle de Niese, it involves sleeping really late, vitamins, stretching, pasta and pop tunes on her iPod.

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City Opera Musicians Vote to Approve Contract

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New York City Opera's orchestra has approved a three-year contract deal, days after announcing it had reached a tentative agreement with the company's management.

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