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Licia Albanese and Richard Tucker in All-Puccini Program

Monday, August 18, 2014

In memory of Licia Albanese, who died last week, we've uncovered this gem from the archives: an all-Puccini concert featuring Albanese with the tenor Richard Tucker.
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Video: When Lauren Bacall Serenaded Leonard Bernstein

Friday, August 15, 2014

In 1988, Lauren Bacall made a memorable appearance at Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday gala at Tanglewood, serenading him with "The Saga of Lenny."

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Met Opera Opening Night: Poplavskaya Out, Majeski In

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has pulled out of the opening-night production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The American soprano Amanda Majeski will replace her as Countess Almaviva.

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Should This Historic Opera Venue Get a Roof?

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Arena of Verona, one of the most iconic outdoor opera venues in the world, could be getting a roof. What do you think of the idea?

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Photo of the Day: 'Cowboy' Violists from New York

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt hold an unusual rehearsal this week in Vail, Colorado.

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Video: This Is How They Did Summer Parks Concerts in 1961

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 1961 report on the Glyndebourne Festival in Sussex, England presents a rather dramatic contrast to the modern-day parks concert concept.

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Anna Netrebko is Engaged

Friday, July 11, 2014

The singers began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House.

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Seven Stunning Photos of Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A portfolio of photographs offers a unique perspective on the classical music scene as it's played out in different corners of the world.

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Video: Verdi Flashmob Surprises Airplane Passengers

Monday, June 30, 2014

What's perhaps most impressive is that Alfredo and Violetta's "Brindisi" unfolds in a small regional jet.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on the numerous musical contributions of gay and lesbian composers throughout history.

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Metropolitan Opera House Vandalized

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A vandal attacked the Metropolitan Opera early Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of spray-painted vulgarities inside the house and near the bandshell.

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Meryl Streep to Play Maria Callas in HBO Biopic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The actress Meryl Streep will star as the late, iconic soprano Maria Callas in a forthcoming biopic for HBO, to be directed by Mike Nichols.

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Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the pipe organ.

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Video: Seattle Symphony Gets Wild with Sir Mix-a-Lot

Monday, June 09, 2014

One month ago, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was heard on WQXR performing a Pulitzer Prize winning piece at Carnegie Hall. On Friday night, this happened.

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What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


With Wagner's 201st birthday on Thursday, he continues to delight and divide audiences. Tune in to WQXR and the Operavore stream to hear selections from the Wagner canon.

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Video: Pianists Bring Interpretive Dance to Rite of Spring

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The pianists Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano have teamed up for an edgy music video featuring an arrangement of The Rite of Spring. The video is a departure for Ott.

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Video: Here's How to Make a Violin from Human Hair

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

To show that anyone can make music, the London-based artist Tadas Maksimovas has used his hip-length hair as the medium in a violin performance project.

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