Planet Opera: Cincinnati Balances Tradition with Innovation

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

This hilly, leafy city above the Ohio River grew in the 19th century with waves of German immigrants who brought values of hard work, love of music and of hearty food, writes Fred Plotkin.

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2012 MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded to Flutist, Bowmaker, Mandolinist

Monday, October 01, 2012

The flutist Claire Chase, bow maker Benoit Rolland and mandolin player Chris Thile are among the recipients of this year's "genius grants."

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When the Yankees Sponsored Symphonies on WQXR

Monday, October 01, 2012

In 1947, WQXR signed on the New York Yankees to sponsor an hour of symphonic music every afternoon in an attempt to lure baseball fans to classical music.

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'Carmina Burana': Orff's Vibrant Cantata Intertwined with Nazi Debate

Monday, October 01, 2012

Orff's Vibrant 'Carmina Burana' Intertwined with Nazi Debate.
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Rochester Philharmonic Facing $700K Deficit

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, started by Kodak founder George Eastman 90 years ago, is facing an operating deficit that could exceed $700,000.

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Green-Wood Cemetery Restores Composer's Vandalized Tomb

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is to unveil a new statue that will sit atop the tomb of the composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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'Dog Days' Brings a Post-Apocalyptic Era to New Jersey

Friday, September 28, 2012

Some of the greatest works in opera deal with the end of some form of civilization or another, writs Olivia Giovetti. The latest example is the new opera Dog Days, which gets its premiere on Sunday.

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Blend of Bikinis and Chinese Opera Stirs Debate

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A stage performance by bikini-clad women wearing headpieces styled after traditional Peking Opera has sparked debate in China after photos were made public this week.

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Smoking at the Opera

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smoking used to be commonplace among opera singers, as it was the general public. These days, there remain a few hold-outs, despite its obvious dangers. Fred Plotkin considers the practice.

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The Top 10 Opera Fans from Film and Television

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From Nicolas Cage’s character in Moonstruck to Frasier Crane in "Cheers" and "Fraiser," we look at film and television’s greatest opera lovers. Check out Olivia Giovetti's list and share your own favorites.

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Pop-Up Concert: Matt Haimovitz Performs Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 on The High Line

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

As the summer of 2012 drew to a close, WQXR hit the outdoors for one last summer concert performance. This one took place above the streets and city din of Chelsea.

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Chicago Symphony Strike Settlement Allows Carnegie Hall Concerts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ratified a three-year labor contract Tuesday morning, ending a two-day strike and clearing the way for next week’s three concerts at Carnegie Hall.

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Review: 'Elixir of Love' a Frothy Season Opener at Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday with the comedy 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a new production by Bartlett Sher. The opera was "played straight and literal," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Reynold Levy Stepping Down as President of Lincoln Center

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of 2013.

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Why it's Time to Reclaim the Overture

Monday, September 24, 2012

"More than a few stage directors seem to think that the overture is theirs to play with, creating stage business that happens while the overture is being performed," complains Fred Plotkin.

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The Making of a Cult Opera

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cult classics in inspire rabid fandom that familiar works never achieve. Blogger Olivia Giovetti examines why, and considers cult operas such as Wozzeck, From the House of the Dead, L...
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Early-Music Field Embraces ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spinoffs

Monday, September 24, 2012

The appearance last week of “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album” at the top of the Billboard charts has found a notably enthusiastic audience: performers and scholars of early music.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians on Strike

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday, just ten days before a scheduled three-night run at Carnegie Hall, which includes the hall's opening night gala.

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What Audiences Can Bring to an Opera Performance

Friday, September 21, 2012

In tough financial times, "we, as audiences, need to express faith and solidarity with our opera companies, encouraging them to be daring and creative and supporting them in their efforts," writes Fred Plotkin.

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EU OK's Universal's Purchase of British Label EMI

Friday, September 21, 2012

Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI but must sell off the company's classical music divisions, say regulators.

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