Vertical Player Repertory Takes 'La Calisto' to the Banks of the Gowanus Canal

Saturday, July 09, 2011

WQX-Aria Blogger Olivia Giovetti previews Vertical Player Repertory's production of La Calisto, a 17th-century Cavalli gem that's transported to an industrial area of Brooklyn.

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A 'Master Class' Worth Auditing: Tyne Daly Excels as Maria Callas

Friday, July 08, 2011

On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin reports on the revival of the Terrence McNally play "Master Class." "Daly fully stakes her claim as heir to a role that has prismatically brought forth distinct traits of Callas with each actress who plays her."

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A Holy and Immediate 'Flute' from Peter Brook

Thursday, July 07, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the radically reimagined, 90-minute version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, now playing at the Lincoln Center Festival.

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City Opera's Next Season to Include Telemann in Harlem, Verdi in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Leaked details of New York City Opera’s 2011-12 season show that the financially ailing opera company will travel to at least three different venues bringing a mix of standard and offbeat repertoire.

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When is Sexual Orientation Relevant to Opera?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

In light of New York's legalization of gay marriage and Opera North's operatic meltdown, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the crossroads of sexual politics and classical music through both composers and source materials.

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Do 'Tell'

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

You may know the famous William Tell Overture but what about the opera it introduces? WQX-Aria blogger Fred Plotkin considers why it is often referred to as Rossini’s masterpiece.

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Vinyl Records Find a Second Life on the Dinner Table

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Over the years, some of the most popular questions we've fielded here at WQXR have to do to do with old record collections – especially 78’s.  Can the records be sold? Can they be given to schools… or libraries? Surely there must be a place of honor for these cherished musical memories that have been preserved with such loving care. After all, some fabulous performances risk being forgotten forever if the records are simply discarded, right? And what about the ongoing "quality" discussion? I mean, do LP's actually sound better than CDs or downloads?     

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How the Toronto Symphony Lures the Under-35 Crowd

Monday, July 04, 2011

In an orchestra world pummeled by strikes, deficits and closures, some recent news from the Toronto Symphony has been far brighter. This month, the orchestra reported that 35% of its audience is younger than 35 years old.

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Arts Funding and Apple Pie

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Kansas recently became the nation's first state without an arts agency. On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin considers the implications of that dubious distinction, and why "the arts will be our legacy as a civilization long after we forget who our politicians were."

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How To Score A Fireworks Display

Friday, July 01, 2011

Not merely an afterthought tacked on by the producers of the television simulcast, music is a formative ingredient in some of the country’s biggest fireworks shows. In New York, it’s a process that starts almost a year in advance.

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Classical Fuel for Your Cardio Fire

Friday, July 01, 2011

Whether you're training for a triathlon or battling it out with the elliptical trainer at your gym, classical music can play the role of energizer and motivator. WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti curates an operatic playlist for the cardio-minded.

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Lincoln Center's Eastern Promises

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Should Lincoln Center—a hot spot for socially- and politically-conscious works—be working with a culturally repressive government? WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines both sides of the argument around a new consulting project with the city of Tianjin.

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In Memoriam: Alice Playten

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Alice Plotkin (August 28, 1947-June 25, 2011), my beloved cousin, died this past weekend in New York, the city of her birth and the place where she most thrived.

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From Pop Star to Opera Star

Monday, June 27, 2011

As Rufus Wainwright readies to perform with New York City Opera tonight, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti writes "with opera opening up musically to a wider public, mirroring in a way the de-privatization of the art form in 17th-century Venice, the possibilities on offer are tantalizing."

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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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