City Opera and Musicians Resume Talks

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New York City Opera and its musicians resumed talks on Saturday, just days after the company locked out the musicians after contract negotiations broke down last weekend.

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Seasonally-Appropriate Opera Programming

Friday, January 13, 2012

Are some works better suited to different seasons? Does Mozart go best with summer breezes and Britten the budding of springtime? Blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the psychology of opera programming.

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A Musical Movable Feast

Friday, January 13, 2012

A new organization is bringing chamber music to informal venues around the city, including restaurants, cafés and wine bars. Elliott Forrest reports from a former auto-repair shop.

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Carnegie Hall to Establish Youth Orchestra

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Carnegie Hall is establishing a youth orchestra called the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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The Top 10 Roles We'd Like to See Domingo Take on Next

Thursday, January 12, 2012

With Plácido Domingo's newest role under his belt and the tenor's 71st birthday approaching, blogger Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for the next additions to his CV.

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Wild Night at Philharmonic After Phone Interruption

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday night's New York Philharmonic performance of the Mahler Ninth was stopped dead by an audience member's iPhone. Read Naomi Lewin's account and take our poll.
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Thomas Quasthoff to Retire from Concert Stage

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After nearly 40 years on the concert scene, German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff has decided to retire from singing due to health reasons.

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Watch: Classical Garbage Pickup

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Garbage trucks in Taiwan have a curious way of announcing their presence: by playing classical music standards like Beethoven’s Für Elise. Could this work in New York?

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'Vertigo' Star Kim Novak Slams 'The Artist' Over Music

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kim Novak accused the French makers of the Oscar-tipped silent film "The Artist" of "rape" Monday for using sections of Bernard Herrmann’s love theme from "Vertigo" in its score.

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Warm Up: Roberto Alagna Gets Physical—and Spiritual

Monday, January 09, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm Up, we talk to Roberto Alagna to see how the star tenor plays through the pain. And we get the skinny on his idiosyncratic, bilingual vocalizations.

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Just How Deep are the Proposed Pay Cuts at City Opera?

Monday, January 09, 2012

New York City Opera's musicians say that the cash-strapped company wants to cut their salary to $5,000 annually. The company counters that the musicians would actually earn $11,855.

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Alexis Weissenberg, Distinctive Pianist, Dies at 82

Monday, January 09, 2012

Alexis Weissenberg, a Bulgarian pianist who spent time in a concentration camp and later performed with Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland at age 82.

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City Opera Musicians Locked Out as Mediation Fails

Sunday, January 08, 2012

The unions representing New York City Opera's orchestra and chorus say they won’t be showing up for the scheduled start of rehearsals on Monday morning after talks with a federal mediator broke down Saturday night.

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Opera Union Not Optimistic About Upcoming Talks

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The union that represents the New York City Opera chorus says it's not optimistic about contract negotiations this weekend.

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Follow the Lieder

Friday, January 06, 2012

In light of the heavy use of Schubert in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the operatic leanings of the composer's 600-plus lieder on film.

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Planet Opera: La Scala Captures Italian Zeitgeist in New Don Giovanni

Thursday, January 05, 2012

La Scala, the theater whose stage was the launching pad for a political movement that led to Italy’s becoming a nation, is still at the center of things, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Navigating Choppy Dramatic Waters to Find a Musical Oasis

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews The Enchanted Island, arguing that it may be one of the Met’s musically strongest performances in quite some time, which only underscores the pastiche's dramatic shortcomings.

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PayPal Under Fire for Purportedly Ordering Violin Destroyed

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A woman is out $2500 after PayPal allegedly ordered a customer to destroy an antique violin she had sold him, which he claimed was a fake.

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When the Fourth Wall Comes Tumbling Down

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Last week, René Pape broke character to deliver a devilish ad-lib in the Met's Faust. Blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders if this was "amateur hour stuff" or the continuation of a long line of operatic pranks.

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New York Philharmonic Names New Executive Director

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The New York Philharmonic has named Matthew VanBesien as its next executive director, succeeding Zarin Mehta, who will retire in September.

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