Tangled Web: Internet-Based Opera to Open at Met

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed Two Boys that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over.

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When Opera Orchestras Take a Busman's Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Filarmonica della Scala began as the pit orchestra for Italy's La Scala opera house. As Fred Plotkin reports from Milan, the ensemble has a lively agenda apart from accompanying opera singers.

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Politicians a No-Show at Washington Opera; Kanye West at LA Opera

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.

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Review: Britten and Shakespeare's Urban Forest in a 'Dream' Team at the Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Met's high-style production with a smartly-selected cast represents a near-ideal opportunity to come to terms with what the piece is and is not, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Richard Bonynge and the Pursuit of Beautiful Sound

Friday, October 11, 2013

The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Verdi as Icon for Contemporary Composers? You Bet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.

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Verdi's Aida and its Role in the Egyptian Revolution

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"It might distress Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian patriot and nationalist, that Egypt's history of European occupation is in partly the fault of his wonderful opera, Aida," writes Nimet Habachy.

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Verdi Flashmob: Choir Surprises Shoppers with 'Va, Pensiero'

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Verdi has inspired plenty of flash mob performances – in markets, public squares and department stores. In honor of Verdi's 200th birthday, here's one with particular charm.

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The Sacred Verdi

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fred Plotkin considers some of Verdi's most compelling religious works and how a non-religious man could produce music that speaks so powerfully to very devout people.

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Placido Domingo Calls Otello His All-Time Favorite Verdi Role

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.

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Top Five Toasts in Verdi's Operas

Monday, October 07, 2013

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, we thought we’d give him a toast—or five.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Verdi?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi is the most-performed composer in opera houses worldwide, and his themes have taken root in popular culture from movies to hip-hop. Take our quiz and see how much you know your Verdi.

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Watching 'Peppino': A Survey of the Tutto Verdi Video Series

Friday, October 04, 2013

One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.

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New York City Opera Did Rarities and Modern Works Proud

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Why was it necessary for a company that had once presented some 130 performances a season to endure in diminished form? Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers why City Opera still mattered.

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American Dream, American Tragedy: The Demise of the New York City Opera

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A loss of leadership, mission, a home and visibility all contributed to City Opera's downfall, writes Fred Plotkin. But is it too late for a generous donor to step forward?

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After 70 Years, New York City Opera Prepares its Final Bow

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New York City Opera is expected to file for bankruptcy Wednesday, after failing to raise $7 million. We look back at what is lost as the 70-year-company closes its curtains.
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Salzburg Festival Could See Fewer Performances

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Salzburg Festival's next artistic director has an ear for his singers' and musicians' complaints - he wants to cut down on performances at the prestigious annual event.

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Planet Opera: At the Salzburg Festival, A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Salzburg Festival named a new director this week. Fred Plotkin takes the occasion to consider why the town of Salzburg is about much more than just the Von Trapps and Mozart.

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New York City Opera Board Plans for Bankruptcy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Like the heroine of its season-opening production of Anna Nicole, New York City Opera is desperately in need of a rich sugar daddy – or several – to survive. But that prospect looks increasingly dim.

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Review: James Levine Makes Solid Return in Met's Cosi fan tutte

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Light, swift and cogent were the watchwords in a performance that felt rather shorter than its three-and-a-half hour duration," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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