Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This was the year that the financial crisis rocked many corners of the classical music world, with regional orchestras and opera companies experiencing a flood of red ink, cancelled concerts and a major strike. It was also a year that saw some notable programming ventures, from new Ring cycles at the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera to ambitious events like the New York Philharmonic's staging of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre in May. And it was a year of both passings (Joan Sutherland, Henryk Gorecki) and new arrivals (Riccardo Muti, as music director of the Chicago Symphony).

What do you think was the biggest story of 2010?

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Comments [9]

Erica Whitman Davis from Long Island, New York

The loss of the regional orchestras is a harbinger of a dire 21st century. I thought the Long Island Philharmonic would be immune - it's holding on by a thread. I worry so about the professional future of my son, who's at Eastman School of music, studying to be a professional double bassist.

Dec. 29 2010 08:29 PM
Melissa from Maryland

I grew up attending concerts of a regional orchestra (Syracuse Symphony)- my life would have been so much barer without it. I even sang with them- and their 1st chair flautist was better than the NSO's. Smaller cities have so little going for them- losing an orchestra is horrible.

Dec. 28 2010 03:26 PM
Mike from Brooklyn, NY

Actually, the strangest, though not the biggest story in classical music for the past many years is the failure of the so-called "classical countdown" ever to include even one work by the great and prolific composer who gave the world (including Mozart) the classical style. JOSEPH HAYDN! For whatever reasons, he seems to lack the snob appeal needed to endear him to New York tastes. Maybe he's not "cool" enough! I just don't know.

Dec. 28 2010 03:24 PM
CHRISTINE CORONA from CALDWELL N.J.

THE LOSS OF DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND WAS A GREAT ONE FOR ME PERSONALLY BECAUSE I LOVED HER VOICE AND SPARKLING PERSONALITY. I THANK MODERN RECORDING TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOW ME TO STILL LISTEN TO HER.

Dec. 28 2010 09:13 AM

An institution as firmly established as the Detroit Symphony going on strike has got to be the most important - the final outcome will set a pattern for other things to come.

Dec. 27 2010 11:17 PM
ruben jimenez sanchez from bolivia-cochabamba

deseo saber mas informaciones de los 16 cuartetos de beethoven y que interpretes son destacados.

Dec. 25 2010 03:32 PM
Michael Meltzer

Honolulu Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic going belly-up, Detroit Symphony on the way, the country that purports to lead the West won't support its symphony orchestras.
George Bernard Shaw once quipped that the United States was the only nation that had gone from a state of barbarism to a state of decadence, without going through the intermediate stage of civilization. Can't we prove him wrong, for once?

Dec. 24 2010 04:35 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, heldentenor & opera composer from www.WagnerOpera.com

IMHO the most decisive decision in music this year is the Metropolitan Opera's production incorp\orating its 45 ton set to help convey music's grandest epic. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and in totality the works of Shakespeare are, in different modalities, "siblings" to Wagner's unprecedented outreach artistically to the "heavens" in his most majestic, most politically-wise and character-wise development, the mythic "Ring des Nibelungen."
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" & director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute.
Website: WagnerOpera.com, where one may download, FREE, 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections from my 3 solo and one Joint Recital with dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium by accessing at "Recorded Selections." on the home page.

Dec. 23 2010 02:14 PM
reed kantor from deerfield beach, fla.

local orchestras, etc. are the backbone of classical music in many communities. most places cant depend on a big orchestra in a big city to go to and see....so it is necessary to support local music, ballet, opera, etc. to keep them going in your area.

Dec. 22 2010 03:23 PM

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