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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Warm Up: Joseph Calleja Keeps His Feet on the Ground (or the Elliptical)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

How does Joseph Calleja buck the traditional tenor stereotype and manage to keep his performances fresh and vibrant? Read on for his show-day rituals in the next installment of Warm Up.

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For Second Time, Netrebko Cancels Her Carnegie Hall Recital Debut

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has cancelled her debut recital at Carnegie Hall. At WQXR, she hinted that time was short.

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When Dvorak Discovered America (With Help from Christopher Columbus)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Antonin Dvorak's vision of a "New World" still speaks to people today, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Radio Giant Norman Corwin Dies in California at 101

Thursday, October 20, 2011

During a career that spanned more than 70 years, Norman Corwin wrote, produced and directed for radio, television, film and the stage.

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Hear and Now: Five Must-Have Vocal Recordings

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operavore Olivia Giovetti rounds up her five favorite discs of the fall. Enjoy them from your own living room or catch their singers in action over the next few weeks in New York.

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The Met 'Ring' Gets New Siegfried, One Week From Opening

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a big casting change for its new production of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.

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Granny Protesters Stage Vigil at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

About 125 protesters led by an anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade, some supporting themselves with canes or walkers, held a vigil on the plaza at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Four): Opera Productions That Have to Go

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the previous dispatches of this series about staging opera in tough economic times, we explored many choices opera companies can make to do great art without descending into financial disaster, whether it be cutting productions, re-using old ones or sharing costs among companies.

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