The Top 10 Dysfunctional Families in Opera

Monday, August 29, 2011

Think the family in Our Idiot Brother is slightly screwball? They have nothing on some of opera's divinest dysfunctional dynasties. Read Olivia Giovetti's top 10 picks and discuss!

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Where Are Italy's Opera Singers? Part II

Monday, August 29, 2011

One of the problems in the Italian opera world today is the fact that singers have been marginalized and cannot necessarily forge careers in the way Italian conductors do. Yet blogger Fred Plotkin looks at a few standouts.

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra Injured in Motorbike Accident in Sicily

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Salvatore Licitra, one of the leading tenors on the international opera scene, is hospitalized in critical condition in hospital near Modica, Sicily from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on a Vespa on Sunday.

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At Mostly Mozart, a Grand (Albeit Truncated) Finale

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Reviewing the Mostly Mozart Festival's closing performance, Olivia Giovetti writes, "There was a small sense of finality; should the city be wiped off the face of the earth this weekend, the last live music some New Yorkers will have heard would be Schubert, Stravinsky and Mozart."

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A Night in at the Opera (At Home)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti highlights ten new opera on DVD releases, perfect for a night in and a bowl of popcorn.

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Where Are Italy’s Opera Singers? Part I

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who are the great Italian opera singers of contemporary times? In the first of a three part series, Fred Plotkin takes us on a virtual tour  of the great Italian singers of recent past and present, introducing us to many you should know.

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Top 10 Underrated Puccini Arias

Monday, August 22, 2011

Puccini's La Rondine will be featured this Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival. This got us thinking. Puccini wrote some of the standard-est of standard canon arias. But what are his lesser-known, underrated arias? Olivia Giovetti names her Top 10.

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Listening Room: Jussi Björling

Monday, August 22, 2011

Many consider tenor Jussi Björling to be one of the greats of the "old Met". Find out why Fred Plotkin considers him to be one of his great childhood influences in this Listening Room profile.

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When Opera Goes Pop

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti continues her exploration of opera in pop culture with a top 10 roundup of operatic references in non-operatic music. Read on for her picks and be sure to submit your own.

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A Bumper Crop of Italian Maestros: Part II

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why do we have so many fine Italian conductors today? Considering names like Chailly, Luisi, Armiliato and Noseda, blogger Fred Plotkin notes, "I believe that Italy continues to produce outstanding musicians in families that are keepers of the musical flame."

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'Spargi' Showdown: Seven Top Singers Tackle Legendary Aria

Thursday, August 18, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti asks what it means when people say one singer "owns" a role or an aria, and leaves you the reader to answer the question, "Who sang it best?"

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Daniel Barenboim Leads Korean Border Concert, Ponders Cairo

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A day after Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim led his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a concert at the borders of North and South Korea, he is now hoping to bring the ensemble to Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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A Bumper Crop of Italian Maestros: Part I

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Italian conductors have been very important in the pit at the Metropolitan Opera, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "In the coming season, of the 22 conductors on the roster, there are six Italians and two more with Italian roots."

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Bess, You is My Musical Now

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Should operas ever be retooled by artists who were not the original composers? Read blogger Olivia Giovetti's take on the misplaced controversy surrounding the "new" Porgy and Bess and leave your own thoughts on the line between interpretation and revision.

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New York Philharmonic Signs Partnership With Shanghai Orchestra

Monday, August 15, 2011

In what appears to be a pioneering venture for both parties, the New York Philharmonic has signed an agreement with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to collaborate on a new orchestral training institute in Shanghai.

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Ham and Eggs Take a Holiday at the Opera

Monday, August 15, 2011

A holiday can present a composer with the opportunity to write festive music for chorus, orchestra, dancers and solo singers. Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci are two of the more colorful examples, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Ohio Shop's Classical Music Seems to Cut Down on Loitering

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shoppers and employees say an Ohio convenience store has fewer people hanging around and hassling customers since the business started blaring classical music.

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Lincoln Center goes inside Orlando's Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nestled in the middle of this year's Mostly Mozart Festival, a concert production of Handel's Orlando quietly slips in but guarantees a Baroque bang, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Nonesuch Records and Steve Reich Pull Controversial 9/11 Album Cover

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Three weeks after it sparked online controversy, Nonesuch Records has changed the cover art for WTC 9/11, a forthcoming album featuring Steve Reich’s eponymous composition about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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A New Symphony Orchestra for Syracuse?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

They're getting the band back together. Well, the orchestra. Just four months after the Syracuse Symphony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, plans are now afoot to revive the defunct orchestra.

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