Van Cliburn Talks Fame, Audiences and Self-Doubt at NYPL

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The 77-year-old piano legend is downscaling at the moment, preparing to sell his personal items at Christie's. The process has put him in a reflective mood.

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Coughy Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Classical concert-going is sometimes criticized as too formal and rigid. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes that more restraint is needed when it comes to one common audience affliction: uninhibited coughing.

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City Opera Revives Telemann (and Itself) with Orpheus

Monday, May 14, 2012

To round out its first season away from Lincoln Center, New York City Opera has unveiled Telemann's Orpheus. Blogger Olivia Giovetti traveled to Spanish Harlem to hear the results.

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Experiments in Opera Reopens its Laboratory with Some Mad Musical Scientists

Monday, May 14, 2012

Experiments in Opera, a composer-driven collective, presented its spring series last week. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the results, which featured laugh tracks, graphic novels and radio transmitters.

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Four Worthy Alternatives to Standard Orchestral Works

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Last week's Spring for Music festival sought to highlight the most creative programming among orchestras. Here are four recordings that should deliver more discoveries.

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Musicians Suing for $200M After Costa Concordia Wreck

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A $200 million lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January.

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The Jesus and Opera Chain

Friday, May 11, 2012

With three musicals currently on Broadway featuring depictions of Jesus, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the religious figure's relative absence from the opera stage—for now, at least.

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Pope Names Composer Hildegard of Bingen a Saint

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI officially declared the 12th-century composer, mystic, author and physician Hildegard von Bingen to be a saint on Thursday.

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Planet Opera: In Zurich, Tolerance Fosters Creativity

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From Wagner to Joyce, Zurich, Switzerland has long welcomed creative types with strong viewpoints, writes Fred Plotkin. It's not because of its vaunted neutrality but its spirit of tolerance.

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Beyond 'The Planets,' a Host of Musical Identities in Holst

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gustav Holst may be best-known for his orchestral suite The Planets but he has a host of operas to his name written over the course of his life. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the merits of two standouts.

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Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Master Teacher, Dies at 101

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Roman Totenberg, a violin instructor from Poland whose nine-decade career featured concert performances before kings and presidents and helped produce dozens of accomplished musicians, has died at age 101.

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Marc-André Hamelin to Tackle Monster Concerto

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Busoni's Piano Concerto is the biggest in the repertoire: five movements, 70 minutes long, both enigmatically philosophical and riotously tuneful, and augmented with a male chorus in the finale to boot.

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Stradivarius Cello, Worth $20M, Broken in Accident in Spain

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said Monday. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million.

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Classical Music Fueled Maurice Sendak's Creative Muse

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Brooklyn-born illustrator and author Maurice Sendak also made his mark in classical music. He talks about his favorite pieces in a 1981 interview on WQXR.

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Video: Copenhagen Philharmonic Surprises Subway Riders with Grieg

Monday, May 07, 2012

Having previously staged a flash-mob performance of Ravel's Bolero in Copenhagen's Central Station, the Danish orchestra took the next logical step.

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How a Singer Prepares a Role

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The preparation of a single operatic role can take months or years as singers learn languages, acting, history, movement and make myriad emotional connections to the roles," writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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Opera's Youth in Revolt

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The problems of opera in the 21st Century have nothing to do with age and everything to do with maturity," writes Olivia Giovetti, who considers a production called The Armida Project.

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Philharmonic Changes Summer Schedule to Relieve Park Grass

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The 13 acres of carefully-manicured Kentucky bluegrass that blanket Central Park’s Great Lawn may get a reprieve this summer when the New York Philharmonic returns for its two summer parks concerts in July.

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Detroit Symphony Names Yoonshin Song as New Concertmaster

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Yoonshin Song, a 30-year-old violinist who has played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2010, is the new concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-Winning Silent Night from Minnesota

Friday, May 04, 2012

Tuesday at 7 pm on Operavore, Jeff Spurgeon talks with composer Kevin Puts about his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night. Following the interview, we bring you the Minnesota Opera's complete performance.

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