City Opera Musicians Vote to Approve Contract

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New York City Opera's orchestra has approved a three-year contract deal, days after announcing it had reached a tentative agreement with the company's management.

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Prokofiev and Shostakovich: Public Domain No More

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld a law giving US copyright protection to millions of works by foreign artists that had been freely available.

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Mariusz Kwiecien Explores Moody Slavic Roles

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As Q2 Music focuses on new Polish music this week, Operavore bloggre and Q2 host Olivia Giovetti turns reviews Krakow-born baritone Mariusz Kwiecien's debut album, Slavic Heroes.

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Costa Concordia Violinist Died While Returning for Instrument

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Hungarian violinist who played in a trio aboard the ill-fated Costa Concordia was the first victim of the crash to be identified Wednesday.

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City Opera Strikes Deal with Musicians; Rehearsals to Resume

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After months of rancorous negotiations, New York City Opera and its unions have reached a tentative contract agreement, allowing the 2012 season to proceed.

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Met Creates a Perfect Storm in Enchanted Island

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Many producers believe they have to give an opera a spin or a concept to make it “relevant.” That's what makes The Enchanted Island so different, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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An Overabundance of Boutique Opera

Monday, January 16, 2012

"The beauty of New York is that there is no shortage of opera," writes blogger Olivia Giovetti, who looks at the multitude of boutique companies giving performances in New York over the next two weeks.

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Historical Musical Treasures Languish in Storage Vault

Monday, January 16, 2012

A massive cache of musical treasures that’s grown to include a fragile harp-piano, the pioneering Moog synthesizer and a famous theremin languishes in a Michigan storage vault.

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Baroque Bonanza: Juilliard Gets $20 Million For Early Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Juilliard School has received a $20 million gift from Bruce Kovner, the hedge fund titan who co-founded Caxton Associates, the conservatory announced on Monday.

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Classical Music Played on Stricken Italian Cruise Ship

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner, which ran aground off Italy’s Tuscan coast on Friday, was described by its owners as a floating "temple of fun" dedicated to entertainment and well-being.

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City Opera and Musicians Resume Talks

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New York City Opera and its musicians resumed talks on Saturday, just days after the company locked out the musicians after contract negotiations broke down last weekend.

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Seasonally-Appropriate Opera Programming

Friday, January 13, 2012

Are some works better suited to different seasons? Does Mozart go best with summer breezes and Britten the budding of springtime? Blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the psychology of opera programming.

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A Musical Movable Feast

Friday, January 13, 2012

A new organization is bringing chamber music to informal venues around the city, including restaurants, cafés and wine bars. Elliott Forrest reports from a former auto-repair shop.

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Carnegie Hall to Establish Youth Orchestra

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Carnegie Hall is establishing a youth orchestra called the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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The Top 10 Roles We'd Like to See Domingo Take on Next

Thursday, January 12, 2012

With Plácido Domingo's newest role under his belt and the tenor's 71st birthday approaching, blogger Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for the next additions to his CV.

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Wild Night at Philharmonic After Phone Interruption

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday night's New York Philharmonic performance of the Mahler Ninth was stopped dead by an audience member's iPhone. Read Naomi Lewin's account and take our poll.
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Thomas Quasthoff to Retire from Concert Stage

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After nearly 40 years on the concert scene, German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff has decided to retire from singing due to health reasons.

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Watch: Classical Garbage Pickup

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Garbage trucks in Taiwan have a curious way of announcing their presence: by playing classical music standards like Beethoven’s Für Elise. Could this work in New York?

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'Vertigo' Star Kim Novak Slams 'The Artist' Over Music

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kim Novak accused the French makers of the Oscar-tipped silent film "The Artist" of "rape" Monday for using sections of Bernard Herrmann’s love theme from "Vertigo" in its score.

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Warm Up: Roberto Alagna Gets Physical—and Spiritual

Monday, January 09, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm Up, we talk to Roberto Alagna to see how the star tenor plays through the pain. And we get the skinny on his idiosyncratic, bilingual vocalizations.

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