Watch: String Quartet Plays for Opposition Protest in Moscow

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The New Russian Quartet, the resident string quartet at the Moscow Conservatory, lent its support to the protests against the allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.

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The Visual Violinist

Monday, December 12, 2011

With his bedazzled makeup and hair in a curvy black Mohawk, the violinist Hahn-Bin is making strides into the world of fashion. But how is his Paganini?

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The Joy of Text

Monday, December 12, 2011

As long as words, whether in printed notes or projected titles, are part of opera- and concert-going, we need to think about better, more meaningful ways to integrate them into performances, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Silver Screen Wagner Vies for Oscar Gold

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The music and imagery of Wagner turns up in two Oscar frontrunners: Melancholia and A Dangerous Method. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers their respective merits.

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James Levine Cancels all Future Conducting Dates at the Met

Friday, December 09, 2011

Not only will he withdraw from the remainder of his performances this season, the conductor says that he won’t conduct at all in 2012-13.

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The Wound That Does Not Heal

Friday, December 09, 2011

How does illness or disability affect creative and performing artists? As blogger Fred Plotkin writes, this question has confronted artists from Mahler and Britten to James Levine and Thomas Quasthoff.

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NY Prosecutor Says Composer Scammed for $20M

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A Chappaqua man was indicted last week in a scam targeting Roger Davidson, a pianist and composer from Katonah, NY. The scam stretched over six years.

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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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