When Dvorak Discovered America (With Help from Christopher Columbus)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Antonin Dvorak's vision of a "New World" still speaks to people today, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Radio Giant Norman Corwin Dies in California at 101

Thursday, October 20, 2011

During a career that spanned more than 70 years, Norman Corwin wrote, produced and directed for radio, television, film and the stage.

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Hear and Now: Five Must-Have Vocal Recordings

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operavore Olivia Giovetti rounds up her five favorite discs of the fall. Enjoy them from your own living room or catch their singers in action over the next few weeks in New York.

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The Met 'Ring' Gets New Siegfried, One Week From Opening

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a big casting change for its new production of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.

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Granny Protesters Stage Vigil at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

About 125 protesters led by an anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade, some supporting themselves with canes or walkers, held a vigil on the plaza at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Four): Opera Productions That Have to Go

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the previous dispatches of this series about staging opera in tough economic times, we explored many choices opera companies can make to do great art without descending into financial disaster, whether it be cutting productions, re-using old ones or sharing costs among companies.

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Next Up For Occupy Wall Street Protests: Lincoln Center

Monday, October 17, 2011

The sounds of Mozart, Debussy and Donizetti may be accompanied by chants as Occupy Wall Street protesters threaten to take over Lincoln Center Plaza Tuesday.

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The Top 10 Operas Written in the Last 10 Years

Monday, October 17, 2011

As SONiC: Sounds of a New Century takes over New York with over 100 works written in the last ten years, blogger Olivia Giovetti names the finest operatic achievements of the past decade.

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Don Giovanni Gets Somewhat Left in the Dark

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's new Don Giovanni, a production that features a potent pinch-hitter and tentatively reasserts that you cannot build a better mousetrap.

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Million-Dollar Maestros

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two unrelated headlines formed a curious intersection this week.

On Thursday, Tarisio auction house announced that a 1783 Guadagnini violin that Lorin Maazel owned and used for his career will be put up for auction on November 10. Proceeds will go to his Castleton Festival in a fund to help young artists.

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Philly Orchestra, Musicians Approve New Contract

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra said a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the orchestra association and its musicians union.

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Warm Up: Isabel Leonard Seeks a Quiet Place

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kicking off a new series on Operavore about the warm-up habits of singers, blogger Olivia Giovetti catches Isabel Leonard mid-run at the Met in Il Barbiere di Siviglia to talk about sleep, stretching and Starbucks.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Three): Long-Term Planning and Last-Minute Decisions

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When times are tough, many opera companies play it safe. Blogger Fred Plotkin argues for the importance of diverse programming, particularly in light of the recent headlines about the Met's finances.

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'Opera House of the Year,' La Monnaie Streams Season Online

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In the old days, if you couldn't get to see opera on stage, you waited a few months for Public Television to broadcast one. Now the opportunities have changed and live is everything.

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Frederica von Stade Ponders Life After The Farewell Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti interviews Frederica von Stade as the legendary mezzo prepares her send off to New Jersey on Friday.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Moves its Season-Opening Concert

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative agreement late last week, but their venue is having labor issues of its own: members of stagehands union have gone on strike.

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Stephen Sondheim to Receive New York City Arts Award

Monday, October 10, 2011

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive New York City's highest honor for achievement in the arts.

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Opera's Voyage Into Columbus's Choppy Waters

Monday, October 10, 2011

Like him or not, Christopher Columbus is one of the foremost figures in world history and, as such, more complex than even opera can do justice to. Yet some have tried, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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The Song of the City

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti attends the world premiere of the Five Borough Songbook and digests the 19 world premieres. There's a 20th that takes place in Flushing on November 12.

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After Shaking Up Tchaikovsky Competition, Gergiev Brings Winner to Carnegie Hall

Saturday, October 08, 2011

When conductor Valery Gergiev became chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition last year he promised to clean house, ridding it of its historic corruption and favoritism.

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