Olivia Giovetti

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Beyond 'The Planets,' a Host of Musical Identities in Holst

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gustav Holst may be best-known for his orchestral suite The Planets but he has a host of operas to his name written over the course of his life. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the merits of two standouts.

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The Natural and Supernatural Collide in John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs

Monday, May 07, 2012

A new recording of John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs is a breath of life into a work considered seminal for its spontaneous performance instructions and strict adherence to birdcalls. Stream the entire album here.

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Opera's Youth in Revolt

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The problems of opera in the 21st Century have nothing to do with age and everything to do with maturity," writes Olivia Giovetti, who considers a production called The Armida Project.

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New Music from John Luther Adams, Cornelius Dufallo and Wolfgang Rihm

Monday, May 07, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we spin our Album of the Week, John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs, in its entirety, along with newly minted material from Rihm, Dufallo and more. 

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Reanimating 'Butterfly'

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti looks at the connection between opera and the world of anime and manga, in light of a new production of Madama Butterfly that fuses both.

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The Sun Yat-Sen Also Rises

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti puts the political controversies aside to examine the musical value of Huang Ruo's controversial opera, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

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Chorally Fixated on Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, the New Canon gets vocal with new choral works by Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, plus a stunning menagerie of pieces by Arvo Pärt via our Album of the Week.

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Downtown, Wotan Gets Ready to Rumble

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Performance Lab 115's take on Wagner's Ring Cycle transfers the 16-hour music drama to an '80s wrestling ring. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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The Secret Chords that Arvo Pärt Plays to Please Someone (if Not the Lord)

Friday, April 27, 2012

With a relationship that extends beyond artistic collaboration and goes firmly into friendship, each Paul Hillier and Arvo Pärt recording is a reason to let out a praise-worthy “hallelujah,” even if such ebullient exclamations are anathema to Pärt’s Baltic brand of introspectively limned melodic lines.

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The Greatest Opera You've Never Seen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We all love to talk about the operas that we have seen, but Olivia Giovetti believes it's more fun to talk about the operas we haven't seen. Share your confessions of oversights here!

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What Becomes a Legend Most?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In light of two new works based on Renaissance texts, blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders how much distance between event and art makes for an effective, historically-based opera.

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The More-than-Bearable Heaviness of Ethel

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ethel last went into the studio for its 2006 Light, and while the fearless foursome has since been heard on discs like Oshtali, a collection of new works by Chickasaw student composers, it took them six years to return with their next solo album, the complementary Heavy.

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Ethel on Earth

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we feature Ethel's "Heavy," the string quartet's latest showcase of New York composers. It streams as part of our latest Q2 Music webcast premiere, in which we stream a new album in its entirety.

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Die Another Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In composer Jacob Cooper's Commencer une Autre Mort which, shown on Wednesday at the MATA Festival, an iconic death scene in Bizet's Carmen is transformed. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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New York City Opera to Travel to BAM, City Center in 2013

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

After a dire financial crisis and a season roving the city's boroughs, New York City Opera will set down roots for its 2012-13 season, presenting two productions at City Center in midtown Manhattan.

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Young Adult Fiction Goes Dystopian, Opera Follows Suit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just as the film adaptation of The Hunger Games breaks box office records, Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel will be coming to an opera stage this month. It's the latest kids' novel to become an opera, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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The End of Evan Ziporyn's 'Big Grenadilla/Mumbai' is Its Beginning

Monday, April 16, 2012

Evan Ziporyn’s newest album on Cantaloupe pairs two concertos for unconventional solo instruments -- bass clarinet and tabla -- which is "akin to a mental yoga exercise, finding balance in extremes."

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Ziporyn it Up

Monday, April 16, 2012

This week, the New Canon streams clarinetist composer Evan Ziporyn's new album, Big Grenadilla/Mumbai, an atmospheric duo of concertos for unconventional solo instruments. Plus, music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Brooklyn Rider and Krzysztof Penderecki.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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