With 'One Sweet Morning,' Corigliano Finally Writes His 9/11 Piece

Thursday, September 29, 2011

When Alan Gilbert asked John Corigliano to write a large-scale commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the composer realized he didn’t want the piece to depict the actual event. He had a novel solution.

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Rough Sailing at Bargemusic as City Orders Shutdown

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oct. 1 Update: Bargemusic reopened on Friday night with a performance by the Weilerstein Trio. In a post on Facebook, director Mark Peskanov wrote, "The music sounded especially good tonight at Bargemusic after being shut down for the last two and half days." Further details to come.

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored on the Brooklyn side of the East River, abruptly shut down on Wednesday after an official with the Fire Department found problems with the hall’s emergency exit.

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The Top 10 Politically-Charged Moments in Verdi's Operas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Murder... Vengeance... Religious Strife: Giuseppe Verdi had something for everyone. With Nabucco underway at the Metropolitan Opera, blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the political side of the composer.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Orchestrated

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A number of classical performers have embraced the music of Nirvana, particularly during this, the 20th anniversary month of their groundbreaking album "Nevermind."

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Opening Notes

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

After the Met's opening night gala, blogger Fred Plotkin considers a cast that was more Moscow than Manhattan, some concerns about Italian singing and house traditions both bygone and emerging.

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UK Professor 'Reconstructs' Lost Beethoven Piece

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A composition by Beethoven that was discarded and unheard for over 200 years has been reconstructed, a British university said Wednesday.

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Anna Netrebko Sets a Royal Standard as 'Anna Bolena'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Metropolitan Opera's opening night—and company premiere—production of Anna Bolena, perhaps the company's riskiest opening night gamble since Peter Gelb took over.

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Colorado Symphony Musicians Agree to Pay Cuts While Board Flees

Monday, September 26, 2011

On Friday the Colorado Symphony musicians voted to accept emergency cuts of nine percent – but not before two thirds of the orchestra’s board of directors resigned, apparently tired of the musicians’ unwillingness to move quickly enough.

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New York City Opera Announces Casting Details of its 2011-12 Season

Monday, September 26, 2011

New York City Opera announces the casting details for its 2011-12 season; does this mean the company is headed toward an agreement with AGMA?

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Richard Bonynge, Maestro of Bel Canto

Monday, September 26, 2011

 

"The Metropolitan Opera premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is a cause for celebration and reflection for those of us with long memories," writes Fred Plotkin. And at least one advocate of bel canto opera deserves special credit for its arrival.

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The Changing Face of Parks Concerts, with Bocelli as Barometer

Monday, September 26, 2011

Earlier this month – after weeks of anticipation and an amazing amount of preparation -- 60,000 die hard fans gathered on the Great Lawn in Central Park to hear tenor Andrea Bocelli sing. There was rain off and on all day, and it was windy and cold. For some time, it wasn’t clear that the concert would actually take place.

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'Kocho': A 'Butterfly' by Any Other Name

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Kocho, a Noh-inspired opera presented by Beth Morrison Projects and featuring Seattle's Garrett Fisher Ensemble. Read on for a slideshow of this intricate multimedia work.

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Philadelphia Orchestra, China Announce Partnership

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nearly four decades after becoming the first American symphony to tour Communist China, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will embark on a cultural exchange to find and nurture young Chinese musicians and composers.

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Paul McCartney Ballet Opens at Lincoln Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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New York City Ballet’s fall season opened to a sellout crowd last night, with the world premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom. Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote the original orchestral score, his first for a ballet. His daughter, acclaimed clothing designer Stella McCartney created the costumes. New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins choreographed the work on City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild.

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What Makes a Gala a Gala?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

They are partly about the fancy wardrobe, air kisses, sparkling wine and finger food. "But a gala is really about the conviction," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "that art matters and it is incumbent on us all to do our part to keep it front and center in the lives of us all."

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Top 10 Recent American Novels that Would Make Amazing Operas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With Elevator Repair Service's run of their Hemingway-based The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Olivia Giovetti considers the lyrical tendencies of recent American novels and their operatic potential. 

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Cash-strapped Philly Orchestra, Philly Pops split

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops have agreed to end their six-year business partnership, according to documents filed Monday in federal bankruptcy court.

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Planet Opera: Why Bordeaux is More Than The Grand Cru

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Say “Bordeaux” to most people and it is synonymous with the gold standard of wine. But as blogger Fred Plotkin discovered on a visit to the French city, there's also a generous mix of opera, recitals, concerts, dance and plays.

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MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded To Cellist, Conductor, WNYC Host

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the choral music conductor Francisco Núñez and the WNYC host Jad Abumrad are among the 22 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," to be announced today.

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Just How Good is Les Arts Florissants's 'Atys'?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti would happily pay $460 to see each of the four subsequent performances of Atys at BAM. Read her review to find out why.

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