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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Mozart May Improve Detection During Colonoscopies

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Doctors who listen to Mozart while performing colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps, a small study has found.

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The Top 10 Opera Villains

Monday, October 31, 2011

In honor of Halloween, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the top ten dastardly demons that drive opera plots. Read on for her picks and to name your own favorites.

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Memphis Opera Singer Performs After Being Shot

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stafford Hartman, a soprano and artist in residence at Memphis Opera, performed from a wheelchair during Saturday night's performance of Tosca at the company.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baritone Sergei Leiferkus's appearances with the New York Philharmonic are a chance to hear a singer who has forged an epic career yet remains largely unknown in New York, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Budapest at Carnegie Hall: Three Things To Listen For

Friday, October 28, 2011

Despite reports of government funding cuts, Saturday night's concert at Carnegie Hall with pianist Andras Schiff should find the orchestra in excellent artistic shape, if recent reviews are any guide.

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Much Ado About Nothung

Friday, October 28, 2011

“I cannot mend Nothung!” laments Mime in the first scene of Siegfried. Unfortunately, with three-fourths of the Met’s Wagnerian saga now presented to the public, one begins to wonder if anyone can mend Robert Lepage’s occasionally striking, but mostly disappointing Ring.

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Bolshoi Theater Reopening to be Web Streamed Live

Friday, October 28, 2011

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater reopens today after a six-year, $800 million renovation. Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay are among the performers.

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