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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Hooked on Sonics

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A great opera can be loud but not overbearing. That's not the case in many restaurants and other public spaces, where increasing noise has deadened our senses, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Benjamin Millepied, 'Black Swan' Choreographer, Retires from City Ballet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The New York City Ballet has announced that its principal dancer is retiring after 16 years.

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A Don Giovanni Straddling Two Worlds

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fifty years after the Berlin Wall was erected, a historic opera performance from West Berlin is released on DVD. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines this recording against its cultural, political and operatic climate.

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Watch: A Piano Duo's Scary Encounter with Schubert

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Schubert’s song “Der Erlkönig," is a perennial favorite for Halloween concerts. The Anderson-Roe Piano Duo have found that it's best not to play when lurking around an empty piano factory.

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War, Peace and Benjamin Britten

Monday, October 24, 2011

The centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth is 2013 and blogger Fred Plotkin fears he'll be overlooked amid the bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi. Here's why he shouldn't be.

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Tales of an Overnight Classical Deejay

Monday, October 24, 2011

WQXR's Nimet Habachy reveals how she faked an accent, lied about the weather, entertained cabbies -- and became a fixture on WQXR's overnight shift for the better part of three decades.

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Facelift for an Arts Temple: City Center Reopens after $56M Restoration

Monday, October 24, 2011

New York's eccentric Shriner's hall turned performing arts venue has undergone a major renovation. On Tuesday audiences can see the results.

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