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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The Top 10 Movies that Should Be Operas

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday marked the world premiere of Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera, based on the 2005 film Joeux Noel. Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for movies to be given the opera treatment.

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Big Loves and Books of Mormon

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti offers a dual review of Opera Orchestra of New York's Adriana Lecouvreur and Gotham Chamber Opera's Dark Sisters. The two works have more in common than meets the eye.

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11-11-11

Friday, November 11, 2011

As scholars now attempt to explain a war that has passed into history, they should look to the artists at least as much as the politicians to understand what it was about, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Notes of Nuttiness at WQXR Comedy Night

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

At Tuesday night’s WQXR Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway, not every joke or act hit the right note, but when the audience liked what it saw, the applause was raucous.

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Beethoven in a New (Darker) Light

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In a new exhibit at the Miami Art Museum, the multimedia artist Enrique Martinez Celaya offers a chilling perspective on the final days of Beethoven's life. 

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The Musical Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

With American Lyric Theater presenting three Poe-based operas this Thursday, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at the writer's rich history with the musical genre.

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Angela Gheorghiu Takes on Two Prima Donnas

Monday, November 07, 2011

In our modern world of opera, there is little room for the prima donna. They are capricious, hard to work with, often hard to live with. But they are never dull, writes Fred Plotkin.

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For Top Salaries in Classical Music, Head to Los Angeles

Monday, November 07, 2011

If you're looking for the "one percent" of classical music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic leads the pack. But highly-paid conductors are a more universal phenomenon.

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May the Truth-Force Be with You

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera's presciently-timed revival of Satyagraha shows that Philip Glass's 1980 opus is an opera for now more than ever, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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James Levine Withdraws from 'Götterdämmerung' at Met

Friday, November 04, 2011

James Levine has canceled conducting the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's Goetterdaemmerung and is in danger of missing an entire season at the company for the first time since he made his debut in 1971.

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Tempest in a Tenor

Friday, November 04, 2011

In spite of only having one opera and a handful of lieder to his name, Beethoven did just as much for the tenor voice as his predecessor Mozart, argues Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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German Minister Combats Road Rage with Mozart

Friday, November 04, 2011

Germany's transport minister is sharing one of his own stress-reducers - the slow movements of Mozart's piano concertos - with drivers in hopes the soothing music will help reduce road rage.

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At Marilyn Horne Tribute, Warm Memories and Salty Humor

Thursday, November 03, 2011

More than 40 great singers, composers, directors and actors were present at a tribute to Marilyn Horne this week. Blogger Fred Plotkin reflects on her singular career.

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The Ultimate Beethoven Workout Mix

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In advance of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, we've created a workout mix of particularly high-energy Beethoven moments that are sure to inspire -- and get you across that finish line.

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TV on the Opera Stage

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

As Turnage's opera Anna Nicole arrives on DVD and Jake Heggie's I Love Lucy–inspired opera hits Carnegie Hall, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines television's influence on opera plots.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Lose Remaining Japanese Members

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Signaling the end of an era, the two remaining Japanese members of the Tokyo String Quartet – including its founding violist – will retire in June 2013, the ensemble announced.

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Schubert’s Cantor Comes to Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

This weekend will see a preview of parts of an opera about Salomon Sulzer, a composer known to Schubert and Liszt who was Vienna’s chief cantor during the 19th Century.

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