Brian Wise

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Listen: When Robin Williams Played the Metropolitan Opera

Monday, August 11, 2014

In 1986, Robin Williams appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House, in which he parodied opera singers, the ballet and his training at Juilliard.

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Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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Beethoven's Ninth Inspires Nike Basketball Shoe

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Your grandmother's fringed piano scarf may no longer appear so lonely in the hallway coat closet.

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What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator in Contract Talks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As part of an eleventh-hour effort to resolve a bitter labor dispute at the Metropolitan Opera, the company has proposed to bring in a federal mediator.

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Louis Langrée Renews For More Mostly Mozart

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Louis Langrée, the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2002, has renewed his contract through 2017.

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Met Chorus Outlines Scenarios for a Deal as Lockout Looms

Monday, July 28, 2014

"The likelihood of our getting anywhere on working conditions, on health insurance is perilously close to zero," said a singers' union attorney.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Leading Italian Tenor, Dies at 90

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Italian opera singer Carlo Bergonzi, known as the leading Verdi stylist of his generation, died in Milan on Friday. He was 90.

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Met Opera Building Workers Rally at Lincoln Center

Friday, July 25, 2014

The rally by the union representing the Metropolitan Opera’s janitors, ushers and security guards came a day after the company's management warned of a potential lockout.

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Are Virtuosos Born or Bred? New Paper Renews Debate Over Practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Becoming an expert takes more than practice, according to a new scientific paper. In fact, success mostly reflects other factors, like innate talent, age or competition experience.

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Met Opera Warns Unions of a Lockout

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Met's union negotiations will enter a tension-filled new phase on Friday when lawyers for management and orchestra musicians return to the bargaining table for the first time since early May.

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Obama to Present National Medal of Arts to BAM, Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a White House ceremony on Monday at 3 pm.

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Key London Symphony Musician Killed in Car Crash

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roderick Franks, a trumpeter who anchored the London Symphony Orchestra's brass section for the past 25 years, died on Sunday after a car accident.

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‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Eminent Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who became one of the most powerful, brilliant and enigmatic conductors of the late 20th century, died on Sunday in Castleton, Virginia. He was 84.

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For Soprano Cecilia López, a Path to Opera Through Mariachi

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for an opera singer to start out by dabbling in rock music or show tunes. But for the young soprano Cecilia Violetta López, the entrée to singing was Mexican mariachi music.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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Why Parks Concerts Are No Picnic for Musicians

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Outdoor summer concerts present many hazards: relentless mosquitoes, noisy airplanes, chatty audiences, and stages baked by the afternoon sun. In this podcast, hear stories from the trenches.

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New York City Opera Creditor Seeks to Revive Company

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nine months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and canceled its season, the company's board says that it has received five proposals to restart the shuttered organization.

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Mahler's Love Life Comes into Focus in Discovered Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014

A recently discovered letter from Gustav Mahler’s close confidante and sometime lover Natalie Bauer-Lechner spills many new details on the composer’s complicated love life – and names names.

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