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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Kurt Sanderling, Conductor Who Lived Amid Soviet Turmoil, Dies at 98

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kurt Sanderling, a conductor whose career path embodied the entwinement of politics and art in 20th-century Europe, died Saturday in Berlin, just two days shy of his 99th birthday. The cause of death was old age.

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Andrea the Giant

Monday, September 19, 2011

With singers like Andrea Bocelli, how do you mitigate talent with popstar status? And when you have as many fans of Bocelli, does it actually matter? Olivia Giovetti ponders this in light of the singer's recent Central Park concert.

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How Brain Chemistry May Explain The Appeal of Sweet Harmonies

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A new scientific model on humans' response to consonance and dissonance provides insights into why atonal music continues to be challenging for so many listeners.

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If You See Something, Say Something

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The numbing effects of our everyday lives have been brought into the theater, writes Fred Plotkin. As a result, "most opera audience members do not activate their eyes, ears and other senses to fully take in the experience."

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South Korean Maestro Conducts North Korean Orchestras

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

North Korea says a prominent South Korean maestro has conducted two orchestras in the North in a sign of easing tensions between the countries.

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10 Opera Recordings to Get this Fall

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Olivia Giovetti names 10 opera and vocal releases to look out for this fall season, ranging from full-length Vivaldi to a long-overdue Wagner compilation.

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10(+) Operas to Hear This Fall

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Want more vocal music this season? Anna Netrebko loses her head, Nico Muhly experiments with polygamy, William Christie puts on his dancing shoes and Angela Meade goes to Carnegie Hall.

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Twenty Iconic Opera Roles In Which Helen Mirren Would Have Ruled

Monday, September 12, 2011

NPR may have recently postulated what 20 male movie roles Helen Mirren should have taken on, but Olivia Giovetti goes one step further and asks what operatic roles wold benefit from the Mirren touch.

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Rome Opera Irked at Luisi's Last-Minute Exit

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rome's Teatro dell'Opera says Fabio Luisi's last-minute bolting from his engagement to conduct Elektra so he could conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera hurts the world of lyric opera.

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The Philharmonic Delivers an Inspired Mahler 2nd for New York

Monday, September 12, 2011

Confession. I have worked hard to avoid most of the 9/11 tributes, reflections, reliving and agonies of the past weeks. I chose to watch the George Bush National Geographic interview, and was impressed with his honesty, humanity and frailty. I helped program an event for WQXR in The Greene Space. But I couldn’t watch the TV loops, the commentators, or look again at those pictures.

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Attendance Records Broken at BBC Proms

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BBC Proms, London's eight-week music festival which ended its 117th season Saturday night, has reported record audiences for the second year in a row. Watch a video of the pianist Lang Lang performing on the Last Night.

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When There Are No Words

Sunday, September 11, 2011

When singers perform music without words, they might perform a vocalise. "Language is a wonderful thing, but sometimes there are no words to express feelings that might be complex, wrenching or exultant," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Send in the (Insane) Clowns

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Olivia Giovetti can't stop listening to "Leck mich im Arsch," a Mozart cover by the rap duo Insane Clown Posse. So is it infantile and misrepresentative of the source material? Or a sly inside joke between past and present?

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Montreal's New Concert Hall Leaps Into View

Thursday, September 08, 2011

When the Montreal Symphony opened its new concert hall to the public on Wednesday night, the festivities included acrobats from the Cirque Éloize. Host Naomi Lewin reports on the three-ring festivities from our neighbors to the north.

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Yo-Yo Ma Among Five Honored by Kennedy Center

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In what seems like a long time coming, Yo-Yo Ma will get a Kennedy Center Honor. The 55-year-old said he feels too young to be receiving such an award for lifetime achievements.

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