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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Just How Deep are the Proposed Pay Cuts at City Opera?

Monday, January 09, 2012

New York City Opera's musicians say that the cash-strapped company wants to cut their salary to $5,000 annually. The company counters that the musicians would actually earn $11,855.

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Alexis Weissenberg, Distinctive Pianist, Dies at 82

Monday, January 09, 2012

Alexis Weissenberg, a Bulgarian pianist who spent time in a concentration camp and later performed with Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland at age 82.

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City Opera Musicians Locked Out as Mediation Fails

Sunday, January 08, 2012

The unions representing New York City Opera's orchestra and chorus say they won’t be showing up for the scheduled start of rehearsals on Monday morning after talks with a federal mediator broke down Saturday night.

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Opera Union Not Optimistic About Upcoming Talks

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The union that represents the New York City Opera chorus says it's not optimistic about contract negotiations this weekend.

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Follow the Lieder

Friday, January 06, 2012

In light of the heavy use of Schubert in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the operatic leanings of the composer's 600-plus lieder on film.

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Planet Opera: La Scala Captures Italian Zeitgeist in New Don Giovanni

Thursday, January 05, 2012

La Scala, the theater whose stage was the launching pad for a political movement that led to Italy’s becoming a nation, is still at the center of things, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Navigating Choppy Dramatic Waters to Find a Musical Oasis

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews The Enchanted Island, arguing that it may be one of the Met’s musically strongest performances in quite some time, which only underscores the pastiche's dramatic shortcomings.

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PayPal Under Fire for Purportedly Ordering Violin Destroyed

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A woman is out $2500 after PayPal allegedly ordered a customer to destroy an antique violin she had sold him, which he claimed was a fake.

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When the Fourth Wall Comes Tumbling Down

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Last week, René Pape broke character to deliver a devilish ad-lib in the Met's Faust. Blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders if this was "amateur hour stuff" or the continuation of a long line of operatic pranks.

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New York Philharmonic Names New Executive Director

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The New York Philharmonic has named Matthew VanBesien as its next executive director, succeeding Zarin Mehta, who will retire in September.

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Is 'Dragon Tattoo' Really About the Wagner Clan?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A writer considers the uncanny similarities between classical music’s most notorious dynasty and that of the movie based on the bestseller by Stieg Larsson.

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Netrebko Cancels January Appearances

Monday, January 02, 2012

Fans of Anna Netrebko have been expressing their disappointment on Twitter after the Russian soprano's latest spate of cancellations.

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Good Music, and the Other Kind

Monday, January 02, 2012

Only three of the 75 works voted on in the 2011 Classical Countdown could be called operatic. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers this dearth of vocal pieces and exhorts us to "listen without prejudice."

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Philip Glass's 'Kepler' to Premiere at Spoleto

Sunday, January 01, 2012

To commemorate Glass' 75th birthday and his long relationship with Spoleto, the festival is staging a full production of "Kepler," about the 17th-century scientist.

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2011 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners and Losers

Sunday, January 01, 2012

If anything, classical music fans are not a frivolous crowd. This is the evidence turned up in WQXR's 2011 Classical Countdown, a listener survey that showed that Beethoven remains the most popular composer of our time.

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Warm Up: Luca Pisaroni Trades Cadenzas for Canines

Saturday, December 31, 2011

How does Luca Pisaroni fill the torturous hours between wake-up and curtain up? Lots of naps, lots of running and lots of time with his four-legged friends. Read on for more in the latest installment of Warm Up.

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A Timely Oratorio Arrives on New Year's Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Concert for Peace is known for its mixture of inspired music-making, muddy acoustics and a sometimes earnest solemnity. This New Year’s Eve promises to be different.

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Opera Director Claudio Del Monaco Stabbed

Friday, December 30, 2011

Claudio Del Monaco, the opera director and son of the late Italian opera tenor Mario Del Monaco, is in critical but stable condition after an incident of operatic proportions.

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New Year's Menu: Pasticcio at the Opera and in the Kitchen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

In anticipation of the world premiere of The Enchanted Island, the new pasticcio (pastiche) at the Metropolitan Opera, a question emerges: just what is a pasticcio?

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