Olga Bloom, Founder of Bargemusic, Dies at 92

Friday, November 25, 2011

Olga Bloom, a violinist and violist who founded Bargemusic – which turned a sinister spot on the Brooklyn waterfront into one of New York’s most intimate venues -- died on Thanksgiving. She was 92.

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Montserrat Figueras, Soprano with an Ethereal Voice, Dies at 69

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras, who brought a soulful voice to a broad swath of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque vocal music, died on Wednesday in Barcelona.

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Sound of Music comes to Salzburg

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Move over Mozart. Toes in Salzburg are tapping to a new beat as residents finally embrace the Hollywood musical that put them on the map nearly half a century ago.

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Planet Opera: Catania, In the Footsteps of Vincenzo Bellini

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Catania, Italy was the birthplace of Vincenzo Bellini, perhaps the greatest melodist of any opera composer. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers this guide.

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The Top 15 Operatic Moments For Which I'm Most Thankful

Monday, November 21, 2011

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, blogger Olivia Giovetti offers up the top fifteen moments in opera for which she gives thanks -- from Pique Dame to Nixon in China.

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The Pros and Cons of Returning to a Role

Monday, November 21, 2011

Some operagoers like hearing their favorite singers return in familiar roles. Others prefer the spice of variety. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at why companies return to the tried-and-true.

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The Fine Line Between Accelerometer and Accelerando

Monday, November 21, 2011

Unable to tear herself away from the "immensely listenable" London Philharmonic album of video game music, blogger Olivia Giovetti explores the links between the opera stage and the Nintendo console.

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Two Dance Luminaries Take Big Leap with Ballet Next

Monday, November 21, 2011

A new ballet company, directed by two principal dancers of two major companies, made its debut Monday night at the Joyce Theater. WQXR's Janet Babin reports.

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The Maestra Myth

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Two female conductors were in town this weekend with operatic offerings. Does gender still play into podium politics? Read on for Operavore Olivia Giovetti's thoughts and to leave your own comments.

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Boston Symphony Announces 75th Anniversary Season at Tanglewood

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Boston Symphony will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood next summer with world premieres, concerts based on programs from its inaugural season and new media initiatives.

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How are You Making Out (at the Opera)?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Met was once a frisky couple's paradise, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin. "In the seventies and eighties, there were nights in the audience that felt like the Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila."

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A Mysteriously Lost Sibelius Symphony Emerges

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a new video featuring the Helsinki Philharmonic, sketches of what are believed to be Jean Sibelius's mysteriously unfinished Eighth Symphony are heard for the first time in history.

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Critical Thinking: Whose Opinions Really Matter?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a recent blog post, arts administrator Michael Kaiser considers the death of music criticism. Our Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti has her own strong opinions on the matter.

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Kevin Puts's Opera Silent Night Evokes Grim Reality of War

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The unofficial "Christmas truce" involving opposing armies during World War I is the subject of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Olivia Giovetti reviews the premiere.

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Broadway's Porgy and Bess Drops New Happy Ending

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The forthcoming Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has dropped plans for a new happy ending, following public criticism from composer Stephen Sondheim.

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LA Takes Baton as Flagship for Youth Orchestras

Monday, November 14, 2011

With Gustavo Dudamel at the forefront, LA has emerged as the national flagship of the US version of El Sistema, which in just four years has grown to encompass programs in more than 50 cities.

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Interpreting Beethoven: How Authentic?

Monday, November 14, 2011

How do you prefer Beethoven symphonies: with the massive string sections and beefed-up choruses of the modern orchestra or the gutsy, lean sound of period-instrument groups? Weigh in here.

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Planet Opera: Following Beethoven's Footsteps in Vienna

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vienna is often considered Mozart and Schubert's town. But Beethoven left his own indelible mark on the city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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EMI Being Broken Up, Sold for $4.1 Billion

Saturday, November 12, 2011

EMI Group Ltd., the iconic British music company that is home to Simon Rattle, Sarah Chang and The Beatles is being split and sold for $4.1 billion.

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Lorin Maazel's Violin Sold for a Record $1 Million

Friday, November 11, 2011

Owned by conductor Lorin Maazel for 66 years, the violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been featured in a number of his recordings and in concerts.

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