When Musical Meets Opera

Friday, July 15, 2011

With the Glimmerglass Festival's production of Annie Get Your Gun opening this weekend, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the tradition of performing musicals in the opera house.

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Shakespeare and Opera: The Strange But True Story of Verdi's King Lear

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Opera fans know that Verdi wrote three brilliant operas based on Shakespeare: Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff. And then there is the great Shakespeare opera that Verdi struggled to create, but did not: Il Re Lear. Here's why.

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What Difference Does a Cast Make?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"In the course of a highly concentrated twelve days, the Lincoln Center Festival’s A Magic Flute illustrates what happens over the course of a season or multiple years in houses such as the Met," writes WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti: "How do different artists shape and reshape the art?"

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With a Plan in Place, Can City Opera Follow Through?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New York City Opera lays out a promising season divorced from Lincoln Center, writes WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti. But can they also reach a labor negotiation to help get the struggling company back on its feet?

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Casting Your Fantasy Opera Production

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On WQX-Aria Fred Plotkin reports on the Caramoor revival of Rossini's William Tell and asks: "What opera has been forgotten, ignored or badly served that you would present in five years?"

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Monday in the Park with the Met

Monday, July 11, 2011

As the Met revisits its new tradition of summer recital series, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti asks whether these summer offerings may be better than full-length operas.

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Russian Conductor Says He Was Fired After Criticizing Putin

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mikhail Arkadyev, the conductor of Vladivostok's Pacific Symphony Orchestra, found out what happens when you refuse to get on board in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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Vertical Player Repertory Takes 'La Calisto' to the Banks of the Gowanus Canal

Saturday, July 09, 2011

WQX-Aria Blogger Olivia Giovetti previews Vertical Player Repertory's production of La Calisto, a 17th-century Cavalli gem that's transported to an industrial area of Brooklyn.

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A 'Master Class' Worth Auditing: Tyne Daly Excels as Maria Callas

Friday, July 08, 2011

On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin reports on the revival of the Terrence McNally play "Master Class." "Daly fully stakes her claim as heir to a role that has prismatically brought forth distinct traits of Callas with each actress who plays her."

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A Holy and Immediate 'Flute' from Peter Brook

Thursday, July 07, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the radically reimagined, 90-minute version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, now playing at the Lincoln Center Festival.

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City Opera's Next Season to Include Telemann in Harlem, Verdi in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Leaked details of New York City Opera’s 2011-12 season show that the financially ailing opera company will travel to at least three different venues bringing a mix of standard and offbeat repertoire.

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When is Sexual Orientation Relevant to Opera?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

In light of New York's legalization of gay marriage and Opera North's operatic meltdown, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the crossroads of sexual politics and classical music through both composers and source materials.

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Do 'Tell'

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

You may know the famous William Tell Overture but what about the opera it introduces? WQX-Aria blogger Fred Plotkin considers why it is often referred to as Rossini’s masterpiece.

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Vinyl Records Find a Second Life on the Dinner Table

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Over the years, some of the most popular questions we've fielded here at WQXR have to do to do with old record collections – especially 78’s.  Can the records be sold? Can they be given to schools… or libraries? Surely there must be a place of honor for these cherished musical memories that have been preserved with such loving care. After all, some fabulous performances risk being forgotten forever if the records are simply discarded, right? And what about the ongoing "quality" discussion? I mean, do LP's actually sound better than CDs or downloads?     

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How the Toronto Symphony Lures the Under-35 Crowd

Monday, July 04, 2011

In an orchestra world pummeled by strikes, deficits and closures, some recent news from the Toronto Symphony has been far brighter. This month, the orchestra reported that 35% of its audience is younger than 35 years old.

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Arts Funding and Apple Pie

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Kansas recently became the nation's first state without an arts agency. On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin considers the implications of that dubious distinction, and why "the arts will be our legacy as a civilization long after we forget who our politicians were."

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How To Score A Fireworks Display

Friday, July 01, 2011

Not merely an afterthought tacked on by the producers of the television simulcast, music is a formative ingredient in some of the country’s biggest fireworks shows. In New York, it’s a process that starts almost a year in advance.

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Classical Fuel for Your Cardio Fire

Friday, July 01, 2011

Whether you're training for a triathlon or battling it out with the elliptical trainer at your gym, classical music can play the role of energizer and motivator. WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti curates an operatic playlist for the cardio-minded.

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Lincoln Center's Eastern Promises

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Should Lincoln Center—a hot spot for socially- and politically-conscious works—be working with a culturally repressive government? WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines both sides of the argument around a new consulting project with the city of Tianjin.

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In Memoriam: Alice Playten

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Alice Plotkin (August 28, 1947-June 25, 2011), my beloved cousin, died this past weekend in New York, the city of her birth and the place where she most thrived.

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