YouTube Pianist Plays Her Way to Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you've ever trawled YouTube for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Totentanz or Chopin’s 24 Etudes, chances are you've encountered a clip of Valentina Lisitsa.

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When Art is Noble and Beliefs May Not Be

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Five Pieces By Missy Mazzoli You Should Know

Monday, June 18, 2012

Olivia Giovetti offers five pieces that epitomize the work of Missy Mazzoli, recently named composer in residence at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group.

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Dissonant Music Brings Out the Animal in You, UCLA Study Says

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is it about the big, earth-shattering climaxes in Mahler symphonies or the violent finales of Beethoven string quartets that gets audiences’ hearts racing?

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The Top 10 Operas Set in Rome

Sunday, June 17, 2012

With Woody Allen taking us to the Eternal City in To Rome, With Love, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the top 10 operas set in Rome.

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What the Best Conductors and Critics Can Teach Us

Friday, June 15, 2012

The best conductors and critics have a great deal to teach us, writes Fred Plotkin, whether we are performers or lovers of opera and classical music.

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On 169th Birthday, Grieg Becomes an Unlikely Icon

Friday, June 15, 2012

Composer Edvard Grieg, born 169 years ago Friday in Bergen, has inspired an oil field and a chain hotel. Tune in to WQXR today to hear several of his lesser-known works.

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Colorado Symphony May Have Hired New York Conductor

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It would appear that someone at the orchestra inadvertently let the information slip out about their next music director.

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Sage Advice

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In the spirit of Mary Schmich's famous "Sunscreen" speech, Olivia Giovetti offers up a commencement address for the class of 2012 with advice gleaned entirely from the operatic canon.

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Philly Pops Seeks to End Conductor's Contract

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Philly Pops wants to get rid of the artistic director who has been its leader for more than three decades, saying his contract is too expensive.

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The Blurry Line Between Opera and Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“I love opera!” Fred Plotkin is so frequently told. “I have seen The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables ten times each and have every record by Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and the...
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Why Strauss's Salome Matters

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In honor of Strauss's birthday, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at how Strauss "created one of the world’s most perfect operas" with Salome, and considers the impulses he gives his characters.

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Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Israel Wagner Society thought it had found a suitable venue for a Wagner this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton, but hotel officials reportedly changed their mind.

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Grammys Add Changes to Classical, Jazz, Latin Fields

Friday, June 08, 2012

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards.

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When Formative Recordings Set the Bar

Friday, June 08, 2012

There are many operas that people simply don’t need to hear re-recorded. Confess your favorites.

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'Mozart Effect' Author Don Campbell Dies at 65

Friday, June 08, 2012

Don Campbell, the author and entrepreneur whose best-selling books The Mozart Effect and The Mozart Effect for Children provocatively argued for music's power to build mental health, died June 2.

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Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Thursday, June 07, 2012

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.

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When Opera Companies Place Audiences in the Action

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Opera companies have presented Puccini’s Il Tabarro on an oil tanker, a setting of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in a Brooklyn park and Fidelio in a prison. Blogger Olivia Giovetti consid...
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Theater of Voices

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a new release by Robert Hollingworth's ensemble I Fagiolini, which reconstructs a Gabrieli work and places Viadana in the context of Monteverdi.

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Maestro, the DJ is Ready for his Concerto

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A number of orchestras are betting on the idea that electronic sounds can coexist in an acoustic format, and theatrical young DJs can attract audiences otherwise put off by concert hall formality.

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