What Makes It Pop?

Friday, June 24, 2011

As we approach the Fourth of July, we'd like to know: What do you think makes for a great pops concert?

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Three More Reasons: Topsy Turvy

Friday, June 24, 2011

As Caramoor presents H.M.S. Pinafore this Saturday, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the recently re-released DVD of the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy.

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Life, Death and Leos Janacek

Thursday, June 23, 2011

For the finale to his second season as music director, Alan Gilbert chose to stage Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Fred Plotkin offers an assessment of its significance in the operatic canon.

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Financially Troubled Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Millions in Donations

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After filing for bankruptcy in April, the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra announced an aid package potentially worth $45 million on Wednesday.

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A Little Liszt, Some Rach and a Chorus of MTA Buses

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For the second year in a row, WQXR jumped into the June 21st "Make Music New York" festival with both feet. Actually, with many more feet than that -- Jeff Spurgeon and I both sang, accompanied by Jing Li, who's a member of the WQXR music team, and we brought along an audio/video crew of three to capture it for you to enjoy on our Web site.

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David T. Little: 'It's Not Just About the Art, It's About the Ideas'

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti speaks with composer David T. Little about his upcoming performance of Soldier Songs, a searing, war-themed cycle, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

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Make Music New York Takes Opera to the Streets

Monday, June 20, 2011

With the broader context of opera in public spaces, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at three very different operatic happenings courtesy of Tuesday's Make Music New York festivities.

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The Naumburg Bandshell: A New York Icon

Monday, June 20, 2011

Have you ever been to a free concert at The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park? If you haven’t, you should plan to go before the summer is over. It’s one of most unique experiences New York has to offer.

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How Do You Cast an Actress Like Maria?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

As Tony Award winner Tyne Daly makes her return to Broadway as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's biographical drama, "Master Class," Fred Plotkin considers the many actresses who have portrayed the famous soprano.

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Bang On: What to Listen for at Sunday's Bang on a Can Festival

Friday, June 17, 2011

In advance of Sunday's annual Bang on a Can concert at the Winter Garden, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti highlights the marathon's operatic offerings.

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The Mouths (and Not Only) of Babes

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Riccardo Muti concluded his five-year tenure as the artistic director of the Pfingstfestspiele (Whitsun) Festival in Salzburg on June 13 by playing one of his strong suits: the music of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842). Muti has been a leading interpreter and champion of the Florence-born composer who is most famous for his opera, Medea

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The Music that Makes Ulysses

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In honor of Bloomsday, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines three key operatic moments in Ulysses.

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Unsung Singers (Part Two): Vivica Genaux

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On WQX-Aria, blogger Fred Plotkin claims a special feeling for the mezzo-soprano voices. "There is a warmth and sensuality to middle range voices (including the baritone) that exerts a special appeal." Alaska-born mezzo Vivica Genaux is in a case in point.

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'I Thought This Was an Opera Shop'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

With the disappearance of Lincoln Center's Barnes & Noble, the Metropolitan Opera Shop is quickly becoming the only game in town for classical and opera CDs. One problem, as WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti notes: They have dramatically cut back on selling CDs. 

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In a School of 'Fame,' an Awakening of Renaissance Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LaGuardia High School, best known as the school upon which the movie and TV show "Fame" was based, is about to get its first Renaissance music club. Kids will learn instruments like the crumhorn and recorder.

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A Forgotten Operatic Tale of Figaro Returns After 176 Years

Monday, June 13, 2011

From Salzburg, Fred Plotkin reports on a revival of I Due Figaro, a forgotten operatic tale of Figaro, the character famously popularized by Mozart and Rossini. This one, however, comes via "a production without imagination."

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In Greenwich, Le Cocteau d'Or

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reporting from Connecticut, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Cocteau-inspired Greenwich Music Festival. It included a remarkable performance by the blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin.

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Deborah Voigt's New Chapter

Thursday, June 09, 2011

As megawatt soprano Deborah Voigt prepares to sing Schoenberg with the Philharmonic and Irving Berlin with Glimmerglass, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders if the diva may be exploring a new chapter of her career.

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The Great(?) Outdoors

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've sung plenty of outdoor gigs (including WQXR's appearance last summer at the "Play Me I'm Yours" piano near Columbus Circle, where the video producer was kind enough to cut away at the point when I nearly tripped over a tree root in mid "Amour!"). Outdoor performances proliferate in summer -- and so do the hazards that come with them.

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Five by Fiedler

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

In the wake of recent news about Johanna Fiedler's untimely death, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at some of the author and former Met press rep's operatic zingers in Molto Agitato.

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