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Anne Midgette

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Anne Midgette covers the classical music scene for The Washington Post.

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What We Learned From 'The Death of Klinghoffer'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Operas rarely make headlines, but most don't jump into the world's most divisive issues. As Klinghoffer's run at the Met ends, we ask critics and the show's creators if it succeeded. 

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Underwhelming Tenors and Dancing Orchestras: Anne Midgette's 2012 Music Survey

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares some of her musical favorites from the past year -- including a dancing orchestra (seriously, watch the video). And, she takes aim at some opera crossover artists who aren't living up to their own hype. 

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Critics Look Back At 2012: Auto-Tune, Geezer Rock, And A Dancing Orchestra

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles tells us about some of his favorite records of the year and shares that his biggest musical disappointment of the year is that "Auto-Tune isn't over." Then, Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares her favorites from the past year, including a dancing orchestra.

Steve Reich's "WTC 9/11"

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

When Steve Reich visited us back in April, he spoke about the deeply personal story behind his latest work, WTC 9/11. Today, we revisit that interview – and explore the controversy that erupted several months later when the album’s initial cover image (pictured) struck a nerve. Joining us will be Anne Midgette, classical music critic for the Washington Post.

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Orchestral Bright Notes

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy filing is just the latest in a long history of bad news about American orchestras. But let's take a look at the brighter side of the story, shall we? With the help of Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette and Brooklyn Philharmonic artistic director Alan Pierson, we discuss ensembles that are tackling tough times with innovative efforts—and finding success.

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Ring Cycle: Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, April 22, 2011

Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette talks about the Met's new production of Wagner's Die Walküre.

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Operatic Lives

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sometimes the plots of operas are ripped straight from the tabloids. The Washington Post's classical music critic Anne Midgette joins us for a look at the grand tradition of documentary operas, and the genre's recent crop --from "Nixon in China" to Anna Nicole Smith.

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Docu-Operas Bring Real Lives to the Stage

Friday, February 04, 2011

Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette weighs in on the real lives and events in docu-operas.

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The Year in Classical and Opera

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Critics Week series continues with a look back at year in classical music and opera. Washington Post chief classical music critic Anne Midgette joins us with her picks for the year’s best. Plus: Tis the season – for Handel’s “Messiah.”  Every year at this time, Handel’s big piece for chorus, soloists and orchestra takes over the NY concert scene. Kent Tritle, conductor of the Oratorio Society of NY and Musica Sacra, and host of the new “Choral Mix with Kent Tritle” on WQXR, updates us on all things "Messiah."

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Cleveland Critic Loses Suit

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Donald Rosenberg, the classical music critic of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, was pulled off his regular beat in 2008 after writing a number of pieces critical of the Cleveland Orchestra and specifically its music director, Franz Welser-Möst.

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Sting's Symphonicity

Friday, July 16, 2010

Anne Midgette, of The Washington Post, weighs in on Sting's new album, 'Symphonicity.'

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Classical Crossovers

Friday, June 25, 2010

A conversation about Michael Jackson and genre-blending music.

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King of Pop Gets the Classical Treatment

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present classical arrangements of Michael Jackson’s music, including songs from the Jackson Five and Thriller. 

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What's in an Encore?

Friday, April 02, 2010

One of the most anticipated--and sometimes even most surprising--parts of any musical recital or concert is the encore. Anne Midgette of The Washington Post gives WQXR her take on the elements at play in great encores.

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Figure Skating's Greatest Hits... And Misses

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Figure skating is arguably the most popular of the Winter Olympic sports and music is a key weapon in the figure skater's arsenal. Yet opinions differ on the sport's tried-and-true hits - the oft-used pieces such as "Carmen," "Bolero," and "Phantom of the Opera." Some believe it's time to shake ...

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The Business of Opera

Friday, January 15, 2010

Anne Midgette of The Washington Post talks about how opera houses are doing in the recession.

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The Decade in Classical Music

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It was the decade when movie theaters started showing opera, and the LA Philharmonic hired a 28-year-old whose nickname was "The Dude" to run the show. Today, Critics' Week continues with a look at the decade in classical and opera music. Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic of the Washington ...

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Your Cheatin' Heart

Friday, July 10, 2009

In politics, an extra-marital affair can jeopardize a career. But in music, cheating is the subject of some of the most popular songs ever, from Marvin Gaye’s "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" to the Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes" to TLC's "Creep." (Don't get us started on operas. OK, do.) We ...

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Wagner's "Ring"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As Wagner's "Ring Cycle" arrives at the Metropolitan Opera this week critics contend that it's the ultimate in long, boring and bombastic music drama. But Wagner fans (or "Ringheads") argue that few composers pack in more thrilling songs, glorious orchestral passages, and big ideas -- and the rewards for the ...

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Lust's Deadly Medley

Friday, February 13, 2009

As part of our series "Seven Sins: The Deadly Medley," we explore how the seven so-called cardinal sins shape works in pop, classical, R&B, and other genres. On the eve of Valentine's Day, we indulge in the big one: Lust. Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette and Details magazine ...

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