Planet Opera: In Flanders, Cobbled Lanes and Cutting-Edge Opera

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Flanders is an essential part of Europe's opera scene, home to the Vlaamse Opera and the Flanders Festival, and the setting itself for a pair of major operas. Fred Plotkin reports on its musical riches.

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Commentary: When 'Dancing with the Stars' Gets Classical

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, one of the hottest shows on TV today, "Dancing with the Stars," has embraced classical music for the second year in a row. Elliott Forrest thinks it's a good thing.

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Hugo Fiorato, Founder of WQXR String Quartet, Dies at 97

Monday, April 30, 2012

The conductor and violinist Hugo Fiorato, a founding member of the WQXR String Quartet and a fixture with the New York City Ballet, died April 23 at the age of 97.

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Masur Fractured Shoulder Blade in Paris Accident

Monday, April 30, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur fractured his shoulder blade when he lost his balance and fell off the stage at a concert in Paris on Thursday night, his assistant said on Monday.

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Smaller Arts Grants Awarded for PBS Shows

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

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Downtown, Wotan Gets Ready to Rumble

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Performance Lab 115's take on Wagner's Ring Cycle transfers the 16-hour music drama to an '80s wrestling ring. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Conductor Kurt Masur Falls Off Podium During Concert

Friday, April 27, 2012

Former New York Philharmonic music director Kurt Masur fell off the podium at a concert in Paris as he was leading the Orchestre National de France, a spokeswoman for the orchestra said.

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The Greatest Opera You've Never Seen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We all love to talk about the operas that we have seen, but Olivia Giovetti believes it's more fun to talk about the operas we haven't seen. Share your confessions of oversights here!

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Philadelphia Orchestra Details Upcoming China Trip

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to China next month for a packed schedule of concerts in four cities, master classes, cultural exchange forums and community outreach.

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Philly Orchestra, Musicians' Pension Fund Settle

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra says it has reached a settlement with the national pension fund representing musicians for the financially struggling organization.

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What Becomes a Legend Most?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In light of two new works based on Renaissance texts, blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders how much distance between event and art makes for an effective, historically-based opera.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée Dons a New Chapeau

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frenchman Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, is the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Coughs, Ringtones and Wrappers

Monday, April 23, 2012

On Monday, the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard spoke with WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon about programming and the distractions a performer sometimes endures.

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Reflections on Lincoln Center's Redevelopment

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the $1.2 billion renovation project at Lincoln Center -- from the addition of the high-end restaurant to the "visual bling" of the stairs leading up to the plaza.

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins White House Plan to Teach Arts in Failing Schools

Monday, April 23, 2012

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Sarah Jessica Parker and Forest Whitaker in adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools.

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New York Conductor Alondra de la Parra Takes Job in Mexico

Monday, April 23, 2012

Alondra de la Parra, the New York-born conductor who made a splash by forming her own orchestra while in her mid 20s, has a new job, as the artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco.

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Muti brings Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Russia

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti performed in Russia on Wednesday for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Fold Next Season

Friday, April 20, 2012

One of the veteran ensembles in chamber music will give its final bow next year. The decision comes five months after two founding members of the ensemble announced their retirement.

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Die Another Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In composer Jacob Cooper's Commencer une Autre Mort which, shown on Wednesday at the MATA Festival, an iconic death scene in Bizet's Carmen is transformed. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Pianist Fazil Say Under Investigation for Twitter Messages

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation against the pianist and composer Fazil Say over statements he made on Twitter about organized religion.

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