Karita Mattila Bares Soul on the Recital Stage

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Carnegie Hall recital heavy on French music this Saturday will offer a chance to catch the dramatic Finnish diva in a more intimate, stylized setting.

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The Operavore 2011 Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Does the opera buff on your shopping list prefer early music or Russian romantics? How about a Wagner set? Here's five acts worth of CDs and DVDs to make spirits bright.

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City Opera Seeks Federal Mediator

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Nearly a week after declaring an impasse in negotiations with its orchestra and chorus, New York City Opera is looking into getting a federal mediator involved.

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New York Youth Symphony Announces New Music Director

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Joshua Gersen follows such past conductors as Leonard Slatkin, David Alan Miller and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

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What's Ailing Opera in America?

Monday, December 05, 2011

In the past few years, several opera companies have shut their doors, seemingly due to a lack of funding. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers whether it's due to the Great Recession, or part of a larger trend.

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An Honor Just to Be Nominated

Monday, December 05, 2011

This year's operatic Grammy Award nominees are a motley assortment, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. While she finds much to admire in each recording, she wonders what purpose this award ultimately serves.

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Russian Billionaire's $5M Gift to Kennedy Center Suggests Trend

Monday, December 05, 2011

The news that a Russian tycoon has given the Kennedy Center $5 million likely came as little surprise in the philanthropy community.

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Encores Gone Wild

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The encore has shifted from a spontaneous treat to a "dessert expected to follow dinner," even if the meal was five courses long and washed down with a heavy red wine, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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The Diva (Part Two): Shirley Verrett

Friday, December 02, 2011

It is not that we don’t have excellent singers now, writes Fred Plotkin. But Shirley Verrett’s generation was steeped in the kind of training to be an overall artist that is sorely missing today.

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Philip Glass to Occupy Lincoln Center During His Own Opera

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Philip Glass says he will join Occupy Wall Street members tonight for a demonstration on Lincoln Center Plaza.

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New York City Opera Negotiations Break Down

Thursday, December 01, 2011

New York City Opera has declared an impasse in negotiations with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus, with the two sides unable to reach an agreement on wages and benefits.

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Riccardo Chailly Cancels Two Months of Performances

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Among the cancellations were two weeks in January with the Boston Symphony, where he is speculated to be a potential candidate to succeed James Levine.

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A Muddled, if Musical, Vision for Met's New Faust

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"In the end, the Met's new Faust is worth selling one’s soul for the musical performance alone," writes Operavore Olivia Giovetti. "But it’s going to be a long season in hell with such a heartless and overly clinical production."

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Critical Assaults on Beethoven

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As Beethoven Awareness Month wraps up, we’ve given a lot of praise to this great composer. But we want to provide coverage that's fair and balanced. And sometimes mean.

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Lisztomania

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Liszt may be Lang Lang's piano hero, but he's also a lieder leader, especially among some of opera's current hottest commodities. Blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at three song performances.

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Ken Russell, Film Director of Composer Biopics, dies at 84

Monday, November 28, 2011

The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced Monday, made films about Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Liszt.

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Beethoven’s Deafness: For Better or Worse – Or Neither?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Beethoven's deafness didn't stigmatize his music -- it made it better. At least that's popular belief. A new book attempts to separate myths from reality.

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Symphony Goers, Start Your Smart Phones

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Cincinnati Symphony has established a section of its concert hall where audience members can bring out their iPhones, Androids and tablets and Tweet along with the music.

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Mispronounciations

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why do some opera singers have such a hard time with what should be a key part of their job, namely, mastering foreign languages? Blogger Fred Plotkin has some theories.

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The Worst Beethoven Album Covers...Ever

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month, dare to check out our list of the worst crimes against album cover design when it comes to history's greatest composer.

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