The Blurry Line Between Opera and Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“I love opera!” Fred Plotkin is so frequently told. “I have seen The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables ten times each and have every record by Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and the Three Tenors!”

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Why Strauss's Salome Matters

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In honor of Strauss's birthday, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at how Strauss "created one of the world’s most perfect operas" with Salome, and considers the impulses he gives his characters.

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Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Israel Wagner Society thought it had found a suitable venue for a Wagner this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton, but hotel officials reportedly changed their mind.

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Grammys Add Changes to Classical, Jazz, Latin Fields

Friday, June 08, 2012

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards.

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When Formative Recordings Set the Bar

Friday, June 08, 2012

There are many operas that people simply don’t need to hear re-recorded. Confess your favorites.

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'Mozart Effect' Author Don Campbell Dies at 65

Friday, June 08, 2012

Don Campbell, the author and entrepreneur whose best-selling books The Mozart Effect and The Mozart Effect for Children provocatively argued for music's power to build mental health, died June 2.

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Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Thursday, June 07, 2012

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.

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When Opera Companies Place Audiences in the Action

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Opera companies have presented Puccini’s Il Tabarro on an oil tanker, a setting of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in a Brooklyn park and Fidelio in a prison. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the power of site-specific works.

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Theater of Voices

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a new release by Robert Hollingworth's ensemble I Fagiolini, which reconstructs a Gabrieli work and places Viadana in the context of Monteverdi.

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Maestro, the DJ is Ready for his Concerto

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A number of orchestras are betting on the idea that electronic sounds can coexist in an acoustic format, and theatrical young DJs can attract audiences otherwise put off by concert hall formality.

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Delaware Symphony to Suspend Next Season

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1929, has suspended operations for next season because of a lack of financial support.

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London Symphony is Told to Fake it at the Olympics

Monday, June 04, 2012

Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra are reportedly going to join the ranks of Milli Vanilli and mime their performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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Gloriana: An Opera Fit for a Queen

Monday, June 04, 2012

Although no new music has been composed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, taking place this week, an opera by Benjamin Britten deserves to be revived for the occasion, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Bawdy, if Inconsistent, Carmina Burana arrives at the Philharmonic

Friday, June 01, 2012

A cadre of soloists and vocal artists make this weekend's New York Philharmonic performances of Falla and Orff enticing. Read on for Olivia Giovetti's review.

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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Charged with Insulting Islam

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Turkish court has formally charged an internationally known Turkish pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter.

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Exit Music: Choosing Your Final Playlist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?

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Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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Warm Up: Nicholas Phan Goes from Page to Stage

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Before singing Carmina Burana this weekend with the New York Philharmonic, tenor Nicholas Phan will indulge in yoga, Bach and writing. Read on for more in the newest installment of our Warm Up series.

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When Verdi was Savaged by the Censors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Verdi's operas — with their themes of anti-authoritarianism and democracy spelled danger for the various governments that controlled the occupied Italy in the mid 19th century.

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Russian Violinist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Russian violinist Andrey Baranov beat out 77 international participants to win the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels. Watch his performance of the Shostakovich concerto.

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