Behind the Rash of Tuba Thefts in California

Friday, March 09, 2012

They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets.

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The Haussmannization of Opera

Friday, March 09, 2012

Laurent Pelly's Pelly’s production of Massenet's Manon, set to arrive at the Metropolitan Opera later this month, finds its inspiration in the architecture of France’s Second Empire (1852–70), writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Ozawa Joins Growing Number of Conductors on Disabled List

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lately the orchestra world's list of veteran conductors on the disabled list has been notably high, even for a profession that makes big demands on one's physical stamina.

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Planet Opera: Unlocking the Operatic Potential of South Africa

Thursday, March 08, 2012

South Africa has produced some extraordinary singers but it has yet generate a major homegrown opera. Fred Plotkin considers the potential of an opera "flavored with the cadences of Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."

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Golijov Defends Creative Process in Times Interview

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the wake of the fracas over the authorship of his orchestral piece Sidereus, Osvaldo Golijov has broken his silence in an interview with the New York Times.

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After Fiscal Woes, Trinity Church Revives Lunchtime Series

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Host Naomi Lewin reports on the return of Bach at One, the series from Trinity Wall Street that is back after a funding crisis put it on hiatus.

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Operavore Special: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On Sunday at 1 pm, Operavore presents a full production of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's hilarious and affecting opera in a production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu
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Trafficking Jam

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

With what many are billing the world's first human trafficking opera opening tonight, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the longstanding trend of exploitation—sexual and otherwise—in the genre.

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Kennedy Center Plans Nordic Arts Festival in 2013

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Nordic artists will take over the Kennedy Center next year for a monthlong festival to cap a new season of programs in 2012 and 2013 that were announced Tuesday.

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A Role of One’s Own: Kiri Te Kanawa

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Te Kanawa, who turns 68 on Tuesday, is an example of a singer who knew how to pick roles that perfectly suited her, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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New York Philharmonic and New Principal Clarinetist Part Ways

Monday, March 05, 2012

Ricardo Morales, the incoming principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, has resigned, citing family reasons.

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Beyond the Violin, Vivaldi's Virtuosic Fireworks

Monday, March 05, 2012

In the wake of Vivaldi's 334th birthday, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at the composer's considerable vocal canon, often overlooked for his violin concertos.

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City Opera and Brooklyn Philharmonic Roll Out Campaigns to Sell Seasons

Monday, March 05, 2012

Here’s a closer look at the different ways in which they are marketing their first seasons on the road.

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Previously Unknown Mozart Piece Discovered in Austria

Sunday, March 04, 2012

A previously unknown piano piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been discovered by a music historian in Austria.

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Gergiev Appears in Putin Campaign Commercial

Friday, March 02, 2012

The conductor Valery Gergiev has made what appears to be a campaign ad for Vladimir Putin, who is expected to win Sunday's contentious presidential elections in Russia.

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For Patricia Racette, Life is (also) a Cabaret

Friday, March 02, 2012

"I don’t see the worlds of classical/opera and “pop”/Broadway as separated by a wall but as sitting on the same gorgeous field in different zones that sometimes overlap," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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Embattled Philadelphia Orchestra Extends CEO's Contract

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's governing board has renewed the contract of president and CEO Alison Vulgamore for three years. Her salary is $450,000 annually, but perks bring it higher.

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Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Can't sit through all 17 hours of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle? Consider then Lorin Maazel's "The Ring Without Words."

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Maurice André's Successor Describes his Singular Influence

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trumpeter Alison Balsom talks about her experience playing for Maurice André at a competition -- and about how he shaped the course of solo trumpet playing.

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