Opera in Brief: Top Three Operatic Crowd Scenes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When a great operatic chorus is sung by a gifted group of singers, the choristers often play a starring role. Sometimes they even steal the show.

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How Would You Run the International Opera Awards?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A London-based organization called the Opera Awards Foundation announced plans last month for an annual awards gala. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers potential recipients.

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Ravi Shankar, Sitar Master Who Spread Indian Music, Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar, the sitar player and composer who became India's most influential musician, died Tuesday evening in San Diego, CA. He was 92.

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Russian Opera Diva Vishnevskaya Dies at 86

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Russian opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya, who conquered audiences all over the world with her rich soprano, has died. Vishenvskaya, widow of famed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, was 86.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic Chief to Run New Jersey Symphony

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

While the Nets said goodbye to New Jersey for a new arena in Brooklyn this fall, a Brooklyn orchestra manager is planning to add a Garden State orchestra to his resume.

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Poll: What's Your Favorite Non-English Christmas Carol?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home, according to recent data. This has an effect on the Christmas music played in churches, stores, cars on MP3 players.

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Charles Rosen, Pianist, Writer and Intellectual, Dies at 85

Monday, December 10, 2012

Charles Rosen – the polymath pianist, lecturer and author of numerous books on classical music and the humanities – died in Manhattan Sunday. Listen to an archival broadcast.

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Embattled Minnesota Orchestra Gets Grammy Nom, Posts Record Deficit

Friday, December 07, 2012

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra were nominated for a Grammy Award on Thursday, just hours before the orchestra posted an operating deficit of $6 million for fiscal 2012.

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Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Stays Cutting Edge

Friday, December 07, 2012

"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.

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Simón Bolívar Orchestra Lifts Youth in a Troubled Nation

Friday, December 07, 2012

When Venezuela's flagship orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled from lives of desperate poverty, crime and violence.
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Beyond 'Les Miz': Three Operas Based on Victor Hugo Novels

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In anticipation of a new film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, we explore three operatic settings of the French writer's novels.

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Cool to Classical: Dave Brubeck Wrote for Orchestras, Choruses

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck, who died Wednesday at age 91, wrote large-scale symphonic and choral works that expanded music's possibilities.

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Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda Makes a Rare Appearance

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Most of the works of the great bel canto composers — Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti — are seldom performed because few singers are ever up to the task, writes Fred Plotkin. But one suc...
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Queens Native Named Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge House Orchestra

Monday, December 03, 2012

Le Poisson Rouge has named Tito Muñoz, a Queens-born conductor, as the music director of Ensemble LPR, a flexible new in-house orchestra.

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The Operavore 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, December 03, 2012

Whether you’re naughty or nice, choosing presents for yourself or for others, our holiday picks will please even the most discerning opera lovers. Be sure to check out WQXR's Gift Guide too.

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2012 WQXR Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, December 03, 2012

As the holidays approach, let us help you find that perfect present for the classical music fans on your list.

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The Most Awkward Christmas Album Covers...Ever

Monday, December 03, 2012

Christmas album art has its own unique tradition. There are the decorated trees, the fuzzy sweaters and the evocative winter scenes. And then there are the rest.
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Discovering Xavier Montsalvatge

Friday, November 30, 2012

"When, about ten months ago, I began my Montsalvatge immersion, my approach was to listen to any music I could find," notes Fred Plotkin. "Then, recently, it came to my attention that...
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Another Delay for Troubled Golijov Violin Concerto

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra said Thursday that it is pulling its scheduled premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Violin Concerto in January after the composer announced that it would not be ready in time.

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Avery Fisher Hall Rehab Project to Begin in 2017

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic said Thursday they plan to radically overhaul the 50-year-old concert hall.

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