The Diva (Part Three): Aretha Franklin, Soul Survivor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin, who will turn 70 on Sunday, "is as exciting, surprising and compelling as when I first heard her in 1967," reports Fred Plotkin, who heard the singer on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Bach's St. John Passion: Ravishing and Disputed

Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Les Violons du Roy present Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, they'll take on a work that's admired for its sweeping drama but also disputed for its texts.

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Nonprofit: North Korea Orchestra Plans to Visit US

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Atlanta-based nonprofit is planning to bring North Korea's national orchestra to the U.S. for a tour that would start in Atlanta, according to the group's president.

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Opera at the Swipe of a Finger

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes the Met's new iPad app out for a test drive and looks at the current trend among arts organizations of making content available on-demand.

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Planet Opera: Torino, Italy's 'Other' Opera Capital

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Turin, or Torino, is the only city in Italy right now that rivals Milan when it comes to opera and symphonic music, writes Fred Plotkin. Its food, wine and feeling of sophistication make it worth a visit.

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Watch: Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What does Bach "look like" to someone with synesthesia? Here's one pianist's hallucinogenic take on the condition, using a fugue by Bach.

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At City Opera, an Uncozy Così With Some Qualified Rewards

Monday, March 19, 2012

"In his own way, Alden has created his own unsolvable enigma with his Così," writes Olivia Giovetti. Read on for her review of the director's take on Mozart's wife-swapping classic, now playing at City Opera.

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Lincoln Center's First In-Concert Wedding Surprises Choral Music Audience

Monday, March 19, 2012

Intermission during a choral music concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday featured more than the usual chitchat, pricey drinks and hurried trips to the restroom.

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Met Opera Names 2012 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The American Idol of Opera, the Met's National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday afternoon, yielding five winners from nine finalists.

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Sumo Wrestlers Recruited for Canadian opera

Friday, March 16, 2012

Talk about a couple of heavyweight performances: The Canadian Opera Company has cast two sumo wrestlers for an upcoming production of Handel's Semele.

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Planet Opera: Spinning Words into Music in Ireland

Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Irish are the best conversationalists I know," writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "They do not simply banter, but spin out words and phrases in whirling musical arcs that beguile the listener."

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Operas about Operas: Compelling or Confounding?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In light of Lyric Opera of Chicago's newest commission, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the tradition of operas about opera and its interpreters.

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Warm Up: Thomas Hampson is a 'Cheap Drunk,' but Never on a Show Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In the latest installment of Operavore's "Warm Up" series, Thomas Hampson reveals his secret to mediating his big thoughts with big roles.

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Opera Competitions: How Do Judges Judge?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As this post was being written, nine young singers are preparing for one of the most important days of their careers. Read on to find out why.

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Musicians Protest Use of Canned Music at Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As musicians staged a rally in front of Lincoln Center Tuesday night, the dance company said that it doesn't currently have the resources to support it.

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'Sound of Noise' Film Portrays Musical Crime Spree

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anyone who has gotten a chuckle from the pretensions of avant-garde music or the formalized rituals of orchestral concerts will surely recognize the humor in a film comedy from Sweden called "Sound of Noise.”

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L'Arpeggiata Takes Baroque Traditions off the Page

Monday, March 12, 2012

French period-instrument group L'Arpeggiata keeps feet in both the classical and the folk camps. Get a free download here.

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The Top 10 Film Directors Who Should Be Working in Opera

Monday, March 12, 2012

In a season where more directorial vision is needed at certain opera houses, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at film directors leading operas and names her top ten picks for active artists to enter virgin territory.

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Fistfight Breaks out at Chicago Symphony Concert

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It was an unusual backdrop for a fistfight: Maestro Riccardo Muti was nearly through the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra when two patrons went at it. UPDATED 3/13.

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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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