City Ballet Conductor Steps Down to Pursue European Career

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fayçal Karoui cited increasing conducting commitments abroad as too demanding to maintain the music director position.

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Howard Kissel, Longtime Arts Critic, Dies at 69

Monday, February 27, 2012

Howard Kissel, longtime cultural critic and classical music supporter, died Friday of complications due to a liver transplant. He was 69.

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With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Monday, February 27, 2012

Even while absent from the conductor's podium, Music Director James Levine's presence is nonetheless still felt in The Metropolitan Opera's upcoming programs. Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his highlights.

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Maurice André, Regarded as World's Greatest Solo Trumpeter, Dies at 78

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maurice André, the son of French miner who sparked an international renaissance for the solo trumpet, died Saturday at age 78. André was praised for his bright tone and seemingly effortless virtuosity.

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Après Missy Mazzoli, le Deluge

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Composer Missy Mazzoli’s world, writes Operavore Olivia Giovetti, "is a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere. It may be overwhelming to live there permanently, but it’s a hell of a place to visit." Find out why in Giovetti's review of the world premiere of Song from the Uproar, now playing at the Kitchen.

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Kaija Saariaho Takes Manhattan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall this year. Her much-admired body of work includes the operas L’Amour de loin and Adriana Mater. Blogger Fred Plotkin spoke with her about her upcoming engagement.

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Metropolitan Opera's 2012-13 Season Celebrates Wagner and Verdi Birthday Bicentennials

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday evening announced its 2012-13 season, which will feature seven new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 16 revivals and three complete Ring cycles.

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Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna: The Plot Thickens

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If only the plot worked, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna, his debut opera, might be on track to becoming a real addition to the 21st-century canon.

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Eric Owens Gives Alberich a Therapy Session at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A regular presence on the opera stage, bass-baritone Eric Owens made his Carnegie Hall recital debut with a surprisingly dark program that featured lieder by Wolf, Schumann and Schubert.

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New York Philharmonic Announces New Season's Schedule

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The New York Philharmonic announced its upcoming 2012-13 season Wednesday morning, one that will feature the composer Christopher Rouse and the pianist Emanuel Ax.

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A Music Maker Happy to be a Conduit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adam Abeshouse has a job description that charts many paths: therapist and coach for hyper-sensitive artists; a "microphone junkie" who knows his gear; and a facilitator who understands how music should sound.

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Opera and Tea Prove a Strong Brew

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sipping a flavorful tea and enjoying an opera are mutually compatible activities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. One composer has even written an opera on the subject.

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A 21st-Century Orchestra Harkens Back to the 1890s

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This Friday at 8pm, WQXR offers a live broadcast from Carnegie Hall: Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

It was that very piece that inspired the 12-year-old Rattle to become a conductor in the first place. Whether the orchestra’s 2010 live recording - or this Saturday’s live broadcast - achieve similar affect on others remains to be seen. Regardless, the developing relationship and choices of the Berlin Phil and its conductor/artistic director continue to captivate the classical music world.

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S. Korean Conductor Discusses Joint Concert with North

Monday, February 20, 2012

Myung-whun Chung, the prominent South Korean conductor, met with officials from North Korea in Beijing to discuss a joint orchestra performance in Pyongyang, local media reported Monday.

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The Met's Loss is City Opera's Gain with Prima Donna

Monday, February 20, 2012

Commissioned by the Met and then dropped four years ago, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna opened Sunday in a performance by the beleaguered New York City Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Understanding a Career Killer: Focal Dystonia

Monday, February 20, 2012

About one to two percent of professional musicians will develop focal dystonia, potentially ruining their careers. Yet its precise cause remains unknown.

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The Dude's Big Homecoming in Caracas

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema's poster boy, takes Los Angeles Philharmonic to his homeland. The visit comes fresh from winning a Grammy.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto and Luca Pisaroni: Lessons of Youth and Experience

Friday, February 17, 2012

One is a veteran artist who gets better all the time; the other is a young singer whose immense gifts and potential suggest he might achieve comparable things, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Real Opera World: Brooklyn

Friday, February 17, 2012

With City Opera at BAM during the house's 150th anniversary, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the Academy's longstanding relationship with opera, and notes that BAM often beat its Lincoln Center counterparts to the punch.

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Music to Soothe the Domesticated Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2012

In recent years a small but surprising cottage industry has emerged of recordings focused on calming, entertaining and uplifting pets. But do they actually work?

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