UK Professor 'Reconstructs' Lost Beethoven Piece

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A composition by Beethoven that was discarded and unheard for over 200 years has been reconstructed, a British university said Wednesday.

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Anna Netrebko Sets a Royal Standard as 'Anna Bolena'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Metropolitan Opera's opening night—and company premiere—production of Anna Bolena, perhaps the company's riskiest opening night gamble since Peter Gelb took over.

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Colorado Symphony Musicians Agree to Pay Cuts While Board Flees

Monday, September 26, 2011

On Friday the Colorado Symphony musicians voted to accept emergency cuts of nine percent – but not before two thirds of the orchestra’s board of directors resigned, apparently tired of the musicians’ unwillingness to move quickly enough.

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New York City Opera Announces Casting Details of its 2011-12 Season

Monday, September 26, 2011

New York City Opera announces the casting details for its 2011-12 season; does this mean the company is headed toward an agreement with AGMA?

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Richard Bonynge, Maestro of Bel Canto

Monday, September 26, 2011

 

"The Metropolitan Opera premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is a cause for celebration and reflection for those of us with long memories," writes Fred Plotkin. And at least one advocate of bel canto opera deserves special credit for its arrival.

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The Changing Face of Parks Concerts, with Bocelli as Barometer

Monday, September 26, 2011

Earlier this month – after weeks of anticipation and an amazing amount of preparation -- 60,000 die hard fans gathered on the Great Lawn in Central Park to hear tenor Andrea Bocelli sing. There was rain off and on all day, and it was windy and cold. For some time, it wasn’t clear that the concert would actually take place.

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'Kocho': A 'Butterfly' by Any Other Name

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Kocho, a Noh-inspired opera presented by Beth Morrison Projects and featuring Seattle's Garrett Fisher Ensemble. Read on for a slideshow of this intricate multimedia work.

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Philadelphia Orchestra, China Announce Partnership

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nearly four decades after becoming the first American symphony to tour Communist China, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will embark on a cultural exchange to find and nurture young Chinese musicians and composers.

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Paul McCartney Ballet Opens at Lincoln Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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New York City Ballet’s fall season opened to a sellout crowd last night, with the world premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom. Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote the original orchestral score, his first for a ballet. His daughter, acclaimed clothing designer Stella McCartney created the costumes. New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins choreographed the work on City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild.

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What Makes a Gala a Gala?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

They are partly about the fancy wardrobe, air kisses, sparkling wine and finger food. "But a gala is really about the conviction," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "that art matters and it is incumbent on us all to do our part to keep it front and center in the lives of us all."

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Top 10 Recent American Novels that Would Make Amazing Operas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With Elevator Repair Service's run of their Hemingway-based The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Olivia Giovetti considers the lyrical tendencies of recent American novels and their operatic potential. 

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Cash-strapped Philly Orchestra, Philly Pops split

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops have agreed to end their six-year business partnership, according to documents filed Monday in federal bankruptcy court.

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Planet Opera: Why Bordeaux is More Than The Grand Cru

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Say “Bordeaux” to most people and it is synonymous with the gold standard of wine. But as blogger Fred Plotkin discovered on a visit to the French city, there's also a generous mix of opera, recitals, concerts, dance and plays.

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MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded To Cellist, Conductor, WNYC Host

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the choral music conductor Francisco Núñez and the WNYC host Jad Abumrad are among the 22 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," to be announced today.

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Just How Good is Les Arts Florissants's 'Atys'?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti would happily pay $460 to see each of the four subsequent performances of Atys at BAM. Read her review to find out why.

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Kurt Sanderling, Conductor Who Lived Amid Soviet Turmoil, Dies at 98

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kurt Sanderling, a conductor whose career path embodied the entwinement of politics and art in 20th-century Europe, died Saturday in Berlin, just two days shy of his 99th birthday. The cause of death was old age.

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Andrea the Giant

Monday, September 19, 2011

With singers like Andrea Bocelli, how do you mitigate talent with popstar status? And when you have as many fans of Bocelli, does it actually matter? Olivia Giovetti ponders this in light of the singer's recent Central Park concert.

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How Brain Chemistry May Explain The Appeal of Sweet Harmonies

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A new scientific model on humans' response to consonance and dissonance provides insights into why atonal music continues to be challenging for so many listeners.

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If You See Something, Say Something

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The numbing effects of our everyday lives have been brought into the theater, writes Fred Plotkin. As a result, "most opera audience members do not activate their eyes, ears and other senses to fully take in the experience."

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South Korean Maestro Conducts North Korean Orchestras

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

North Korea says a prominent South Korean maestro has conducted two orchestras in the North in a sign of easing tensions between the countries.

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