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At City Opera, an Uncozy Così With Some Qualified Rewards

Monday, March 19, 2012

"In his own way, Alden has created his own unsolvable enigma with his Così," writes Olivia Giovetti. Read on for her review of the director's take on Mozart's wife-swapping classic, now playing at City Opera.

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Lincoln Center's First In-Concert Wedding Surprises Choral Music Audience

Monday, March 19, 2012

Intermission during a choral music concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday featured more than the usual chitchat, pricey drinks and hurried trips to the restroom.

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Met Opera Names 2012 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The American Idol of Opera, the Met's National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday afternoon, yielding five winners from nine finalists.

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Sumo Wrestlers Recruited for Canadian opera

Friday, March 16, 2012

Talk about a couple of heavyweight performances: The Canadian Opera Company has cast two sumo wrestlers for an upcoming production of Handel's Semele.

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Planet Opera: Spinning Words into Music in Ireland

Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Irish are the best conversationalists I know," writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "They do not simply banter, but spin out words and phrases in whirling musical arcs that beguile the listener."

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Operas about Operas: Compelling or Confounding?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In light of Lyric Opera of Chicago's newest commission, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the tradition of operas about opera and its interpreters.

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Warm Up: Thomas Hampson is a 'Cheap Drunk,' but Never on a Show Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In the latest installment of Operavore's "Warm Up" series, Thomas Hampson reveals his secret to mediating his big thoughts with big roles.

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Opera Competitions: How Do Judges Judge?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As this post was being written, nine young singers are preparing for one of the most important days of their careers. Read on to find out why.

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Musicians Protest Use of Canned Music at Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As musicians staged a rally in front of Lincoln Center Tuesday night, the dance company said that it doesn't currently have the resources to support it.

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'Sound of Noise' Film Portrays Musical Crime Spree

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anyone who has gotten a chuckle from the pretensions of avant-garde music or the formalized rituals of orchestral concerts will surely recognize the humor in a film comedy from Sweden called "Sound of Noise.”

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L'Arpeggiata Takes Baroque Traditions off the Page

Monday, March 12, 2012

French period-instrument group L'Arpeggiata keeps feet in both the classical and the folk camps. Get a free download here.

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The Top 10 Film Directors Who Should Be Working in Opera

Monday, March 12, 2012

In a season where more directorial vision is needed at certain opera houses, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at film directors leading operas and names her top ten picks for active artists to enter virgin territory.

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Fistfight Breaks out at Chicago Symphony Concert

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It was an unusual backdrop for a fistfight: Maestro Riccardo Muti was nearly through the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra when two patrons went at it. UPDATED 3/13.

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Behind the Rash of Tuba Thefts in California

Friday, March 09, 2012

They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets.

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The Haussmannization of Opera

Friday, March 09, 2012

Laurent Pelly's Pelly’s production of Massenet's Manon, set to arrive at the Metropolitan Opera later this month, finds its inspiration in the architecture of France’s Second Empire (1852–70), writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Ozawa Joins Growing Number of Conductors on Disabled List

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lately the orchestra world's list of veteran conductors on the disabled list has been notably high, even for a profession that makes big demands on one's physical stamina.

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Planet Opera: Unlocking the Operatic Potential of South Africa

Thursday, March 08, 2012

South Africa has produced some extraordinary singers but it has yet generate a major homegrown opera. Fred Plotkin considers the potential of an opera "flavored with the cadences of Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."

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Golijov Defends Creative Process in Times Interview

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the wake of the fracas over the authorship of his orchestral piece Sidereus, Osvaldo Golijov has broken his silence in an interview with the New York Times.

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After Fiscal Woes, Trinity Church Revives Lunchtime Series

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Host Naomi Lewin reports on the return of Bach at One, the series from Trinity Wall Street that is back after a funding crisis put it on hiatus.

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Operavore Special: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On Sunday at 1 pm, Operavore presents a full production of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's hilarious and affecting opera in a production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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