Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna: The Plot Thickens

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If only the plot worked, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna, his debut opera, might be on track to becoming a real addition to the 21st-century canon.

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Eric Owens Gives Alberich a Therapy Session at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A regular presence on the opera stage, bass-baritone Eric Owens made his Carnegie Hall recital debut with a surprisingly dark program that featured lieder by Wolf, Schumann and Schubert.

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New York Philharmonic Announces New Season's Schedule

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The New York Philharmonic announced its upcoming 2012-13 season Wednesday morning, one that will feature the composer Christopher Rouse and the pianist Emanuel Ax.

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A Music Maker Happy to be a Conduit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adam Abeshouse has a job description that charts many paths: therapist and coach for hyper-sensitive artists; a "microphone junkie" who knows his gear; and a facilitator who understands how music should sound.

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Opera and Tea Prove a Strong Brew

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sipping a flavorful tea and enjoying an opera are mutually compatible activities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. One composer has even written an opera on the subject.

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A 21st-Century Orchestra Harkens Back to the 1890s

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This Friday at 8pm, WQXR offers a live broadcast from Carnegie Hall: Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

It was that very piece that inspired the 12-year-old Rattle to become a conductor in the first place. Whether the orchestra’s 2010 live recording - or this Saturday’s live broadcast - achieve similar affect on others remains to be seen. Regardless, the developing relationship and choices of the Berlin Phil and its conductor/artistic director continue to captivate the classical music world.

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S. Korean Conductor Discusses Joint Concert with North

Monday, February 20, 2012

Myung-whun Chung, the prominent South Korean conductor, met with officials from North Korea in Beijing to discuss a joint orchestra performance in Pyongyang, local media reported Monday.

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The Met's Loss is City Opera's Gain with Prima Donna

Monday, February 20, 2012

Commissioned by the Met and then dropped four years ago, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna opened Sunday in a performance by the beleaguered New York City Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Understanding a Career Killer: Focal Dystonia

Monday, February 20, 2012

About one to two percent of professional musicians will develop focal dystonia, potentially ruining their careers. Yet its precise cause remains unknown.

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The Dude's Big Homecoming in Caracas

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema's poster boy, takes Los Angeles Philharmonic to his homeland. The visit comes fresh from winning a Grammy.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto and Luca Pisaroni: Lessons of Youth and Experience

Friday, February 17, 2012

One is a veteran artist who gets better all the time; the other is a young singer whose immense gifts and potential suggest he might achieve comparable things, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Real Opera World: Brooklyn

Friday, February 17, 2012

With City Opera at BAM during the house's 150th anniversary, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the Academy's longstanding relationship with opera, and notes that BAM often beat its Lincoln Center counterparts to the punch.

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Music to Soothe the Domesticated Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2012

In recent years a small but surprising cottage industry has emerged of recordings focused on calming, entertaining and uplifting pets. But do they actually work?

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Charles Anthony, Met Record-Holder, Dies at 82

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charles Anthony, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera - 2,928 - during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died Wednesday. He was 82.

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Everybody Loves Marco

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marco Armiliato will set a Metropolitan Opera record this week by leading six operas in six days, the highest number ever in a single week by one conductor. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the feat.

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A String Quartet Creates a Soundtrack for Divorce

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What do you do for a couple who is getting a divorce? A happily married violinist and percussionist in New York came up with an unlikely concept album.

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Emerson String Quartet's David Finckel Bows Out After 34 Years

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Emerson String Quartet, one of the most respected string quartets of its era, has lost a member for the first time in 34 years.

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The Top Operatic Couples On- and Offstage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With Valentine's Day bringing a romantic air, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti names five of opera's hottest onstage and offstage couples.

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Enters Midlife with Curiosity Intact

Monday, February 13, 2012

Leif Ove Andsnes is now on the north side of age 40 and is 25 years into a busy concert career but he’s not setting out to buy a Porsche or stage a midlife crisis yet.

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A Shrinking Violet Gains Some Strength in New York City Opera's La Traviata

Monday, February 13, 2012

City Opera has unveiled its comeback performance of La traviata. Blogger Olivia Giovetti asks whether or not this will sustain the company or if it will succumb to its fiscal consumption.

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