Park Avenue Armory Names New Artistic Leader

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory has named Alex Poots, currently the director of England's Manchester International Festival, as its first artistic director.

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Planet Opera: At Milan's La Scala, Opulence Amid Austerity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Scala, despite its famous history of temperamental divas and conductors and its frequent labor strife, also reminds us of the dignity, the glory and the sheer visceral thrill of opera, writes Fred Plotkin.

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How Memories Linger Through Music and Food

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WQXR's Kerry Nolan asks why holiday traditions -- the nostalgia a piece of music brings, the aroma of a roasting turkey -- propel us to another time and place.

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Pianist Finds the Keys to New Kindle Format

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A significant trend in publishing, the Kindle Single format was recently adopted by the pianist Jonathan Biss.

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A Maverick Organist Cuts Loose on a Christmas Standard

Monday, December 19, 2011

The flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter offers us another example of his remarkable technical and musical skills in a new recording and video of “Sleigh Ride.”

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The Best of 2011 in Opera

Monday, December 19, 2011

In a season of Best-Of lists, Operavore Olivia Giovetti names her own picks for standouts of 2011. Find out what made the cut, and leave your own nominations in the comments.

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The Strange Musical World of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday at the age of 69, took an active role in North Korean culture, and had a truly curious relationship to classical music.

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Soprano Hurt in Fall During 'Faust' at Met Opera

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mezzo-soprano Wendy White has been released from the hospital after falling about eight feet from a platform to the stage during a performance of Gounod's Faust.

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Warm Up: Iestyn Davies Applies Practical Magic to His Falsetto

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the latest of our Warm-Up series, Olivia Giovetti talks to Iestyn Davies about how a countertenor prepares his voice for a performance -- and doesn't mind a few jokes along the way.

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Zeffirelli's Bohèmians Turn 30

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème. This production, more than any other, changed operagoing at the Met, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Music Critics Survey the Best of 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the season for year-end lists. Check out what critics from the New Yorker, the Washington Post and others say was the best music of 2011.

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Anthony Amato, Impresario of Small Grand Opera, Dies at 91

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Anthony Amato, co-founder of the Amato Opera, died on Tuesday. For over six decades, his company was a fixture on the downtown arts scene.

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Inheriting the Wind

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With James Levine's departure from the Met an imminent inevitability, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at several possibilities for his successor.

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Watch: String Quartet Plays for Opposition Protest in Moscow

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The New Russian Quartet, the resident string quartet at the Moscow Conservatory, lent its support to the protests against the allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.

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The Visual Violinist

Monday, December 12, 2011

With his bedazzled makeup and hair in a curvy black Mohawk, the violinist Hahn-Bin is making strides into the world of fashion. But how is his Paganini?

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The Joy of Text

Monday, December 12, 2011

As long as words, whether in printed notes or projected titles, are part of opera- and concert-going, we need to think about better, more meaningful ways to integrate them into performances, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Silver Screen Wagner Vies for Oscar Gold

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The music and imagery of Wagner turns up in two Oscar frontrunners: Melancholia and A Dangerous Method. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers their respective merits.

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James Levine Cancels all Future Conducting Dates at the Met

Friday, December 09, 2011

Not only will he withdraw from the remainder of his performances this season, the conductor says that he won’t conduct at all in 2012-13.

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The Wound That Does Not Heal

Friday, December 09, 2011

How does illness or disability affect creative and performing artists? As blogger Fred Plotkin writes, this question has confronted artists from Mahler and Britten to James Levine and Thomas Quasthoff.

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NY Prosecutor Says Composer Scammed for $20M

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A Chappaqua man was indicted last week in a scam targeting Roger Davidson, a pianist and composer from Katonah, NY. The scam stretched over six years.

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