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Amid Holy Days, Anna Caterina Antonacci Casts a Spell

Monday, April 09, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her long-overdue New York recital debut on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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When Mike Wallace Interviewed Classical Musicians

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In a 65-year career, Mike Wallace took on presidents, tyrants, celebrities and other important historical figures. He also went into uncharted territory with some of the biggest names in classical music.

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The Consortium Conundrum: More Performances, Logistical Nightmares

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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In the Met's Traviata Revival, the Lady Vanishes

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's revival of Willy Decker's controversial La traviata, finding the story revamped and reimagined through both directorial vision and some last-minute casting changes.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Plays in his City Again

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago, as mortar shells began raining down on Sarajevo, killing his friends and neighbors, Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.

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Video: Is This the Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Watch this performance of Scarbo and tell us what you think: Is it the hardest piece ever? If not, what’s more difficult?

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The South Goes Global at Savannah Music Festival

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Host Midge Woolsey has just returned from Georgia's Savannah Music Festival, which she describes as "a wonderful example of the kind of event that can be created when musical borders are blurred."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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The Art of the Comeback

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay, two singers plagued by vocal setbacks in recent years, have new albums out. Can they mount a return to form? Find out in Olivia Giovetti's review.

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New Orchestra Seeks Hip Young Audience in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.

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Putin Praises Rostropovich at Moscow Sculpture Unveiling

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, has been honored with a monument in downtown Moscow.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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Faded Virtuoso Tangles with Stubborn Violin Maker in 'The Morini Strad'

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The play "The Morini Strad" explores the uneasy bond that develops between an ornery former violin prodigy and a violin maker whom she hires to restore and sell her precious Stradivarius.

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The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Manhattan School of Music President to Step Down

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Manhattan School of Music president Robert Sirota announced Wednesday he will step down this fall in order to devote more time to composing.

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Pleasure Supplements Vision in the Met's New Manon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's easy to find fault in the Metropolitan Opera's new Manon, but why bother, argues Olivia Giovetti, who notes that the pure vocal beauty of the opening night performance makes up for the production's shortcomings.

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Classical Music to Match 'Hunger Games'' Dystopian Vision?

Monday, March 26, 2012

What if “Hunger Games” had used classical music? After all, it’s been done in many post-apocalyptic films from “A Clockwork Orange” to “V for Vendetta” and “Children of Men." Take our poll.

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