Brian Wise

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Elīna Garanča: Latvian Mezzo with a Gyspy Soul

Sunday, November 21, 2010

There’s no mystery about why Elīna Garanča is a rising opera star. But whether playing a fiery gypsy or a "trouser role," the mezzo-soprano has her own way of researching characters.

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Five Pieces that will Change Your Mind about the Bassoon

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."

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David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.

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Polish Composer Henryk Górecki Dies at 76

Friday, November 12, 2010

Henryk Górecki, a once obscure Polish composer who went on to become an international crossover phenomenon, has died in Katowice, Poland. He was 76.

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LA Philharmonic in HD: Ready for Its Close-Up?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Orchestras have been slow to catch on to the HD broadcast phenomenon, partly due to the costs but also because the medium requires something more visually compelling than 90 people wearing black and sitting down.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter Named Musician of the Year

Monday, November 08, 2010

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the music industry "bible." Other winners include the composer Thomas Adès and baritone Simon Keenlyside.

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American Opera Star Shirley Verrett Dies at 79

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Shirley Verrett, the American opera singer known for her powerful, dark voice, exceptional range and riveting characterizations, died Friday.

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Opera's Unsung Heroes

Sunday, October 31, 2010

When a singer at the Metropolitan Opera forgets a line, they turn to one of five full-time prompters, individuals who serve as safety nets and who possess unheralded and truly hidden talents.

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Ranking the Fifteen Top-Paid Non-Profit CEOs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Several arts executives make a new list of the top-paid CEOs running America's non-profit organizations.

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Reconsidering Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 opera about marriage and family dysfunction is finally getting its New York premiere. But will audiences come around to its themes?


Cecilia Bartoli's Sospiri

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The discussion continues on Sospiri, Cecilia Bartoli's collection of operatic scenes and arias extending from Handel to Fauré. Listen to an excerpt from our Album of the Week and tell us what you think.

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Yulianna Avdeeva Wins Chopin Competition

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to win the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

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Two Classical Groups Upload New Online Initiatives

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classical-music organizations can't get enough of social media right now. From the Top, the public radio show, and an upcoming orchestra festival are the latest to turn to Internet crowd-sourcing.


Elīna Garanča's Habanera

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our Album of the Week features the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, best known for her recent Metropolitan Opera appearances as Carmen. Read more about "Habanera," which features a variety of gypsy roles from opera, operetta and song.

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The Social Network Brings Back a Grieg Crowd-Pleaser

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King has been appropriated for film soundtracks, TV commercials, video games, and heavy metal bands. It's returning to the spotlight - and with an unlikely twist.


YouTube Launches Second Orchestral Project

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google is once again bringing its mighty influence to the performing arts, announcing the return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct.

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Music World Pays Tribute to Famed Soprano Joan Sutherland

Monday, October 11, 2010

Over a career that spanned more than 40 years, Joan Sutherland is being remembered as one of the last singers who truly earned the title prima donna. Share your stories and reflections about Dame Sutherland and her career.

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Hildegard's Striking Music Comes to Life in "Vision"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The life of Hildegard Von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine nun, composer and mystic, unfolds in Vision, a new film by the veteran German director Margarethe von Trotta.

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Philippe Auguin Named New Music Director at Washington National Opera

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Washington National Opera has appointed conductor Philippe Auguin as its new music director. The appointment is the latest in a series of shake-ups for the company.


Labor Dispute Quiets Detroit Symphony

Friday, October 01, 2010

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians called a strike after refusing to accept steep pay cuts demanded by the financially struggling orchestra. Read more and listen to Midge Woolsey's interviews with both sides.

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