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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"The season is an engaging mix of standard repertory and unusual offerings to please regulars, newcomers and those with more experimental inclinations," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Handel's Belshazzar, James Levine's Comeback and More

Sunday, January 05, 2014

We kick off the New Year with three very distinct releases, including Handel's oratorio Belshazzar, James Levine's Met Orchestra comeback gig. Read more and get a free download.

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Top Five Longest-Serving Music Directors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Despite the trend towards youth, these five conductors have shown both longevity and loyalty, becoming synonymous with the major ensembles they’re still leading.

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Review: James Levine Makes Solid Return in Met's Cosi fan tutte

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Light, swift and cogent were the watchwords in a performance that felt rather shorter than its three-and-a-half hour duration," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Top Five Key Dates to Mark on the Calendar this Fall

Monday, September 16, 2013

The start of the 2013-14 season is filled with question marks. Some point to the uncertainty of the future of classical music; others anticipate what we hope will be triumphant returns.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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Top Five Comeback Stories in Classical Music

Saturday, June 01, 2013

The recent return of James Levine to the podium, and news of a young opera singer’s success after undergoing a pair of double lung transplants, we're reminded of other notable comeback stories.

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Review: James Levine, Wheelchair-Bound, Returns from 2-Year Absence

Monday, May 20, 2013

After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.

 

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Why are Opera Fans so Fascinated with James Levine?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The hardest-working maestro in show business returned to the podium on Sunday after a two-year absence. We look at why opera fans are so intrigued with James Levine.

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Levine and Horne Talk Great Voices

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In advance of his comeback concert on Sunday at Carnegie Hall, conductor James Levine talks about trends in singing voices, including the current crop of tenors, the Italian style of singing and past legends.

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WQXR Blog

Boston Symphony Names Andris Nelsons as New Music Director

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday named Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as its next music director, ending a two-year search.

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James Levine Plots His Conducting Comeback

Saturday, May 11, 2013

If all goes according to plan, James Levine will be returning to the podium this month. In the first of a two-part interview with the conductor, Marilyn Horne talks with him about his comeback.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Ride of the Valkyries

Friday, May 10, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon, we spotlight the Ride of the Valkyries, from Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle opera, Die Walkure. This music is featured in “What’s Opera Doc.”

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Showdown @ High Noon

Pick the Piece That Puts James Levine Back on the Podium

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

After a two-year absence, James Levine is scheduled to return to the podium on May 19. In advance of his return, today's Showdown gave you three of his recordings to choose from.

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Misconduct at the Opera House

Saturday, March 30, 2013

If a performance is "numbingly slow" with "no pacing to speak of, no structure or architecture to the rendering of the score" should the conductor be blamed? Absolutely, argues Fred Plotkin.

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Pick the Piano Concerto

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beethoven Awareness Month's Marathon Sundays closes out this week with a Concerto marathon. To get you warmed up, our Showdown featured all of Beethoven’s piano concertos. We played the winner at noon.

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James Levine Plans Met Opera Return in May

Thursday, October 11, 2012

James Levine plans to return to the podium at the Metropolitan Opera in May following a two-year absence, conducting from a wheelchair following a fall last year that left him partially paralyzed.

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What the Best Conductors and Critics Can Teach Us

Friday, June 15, 2012

The best conductors and critics have a great deal to teach us, writes Fred Plotkin, whether we are performers or lovers of opera and classical music.

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Inheriting the Wind

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With James Levine's departure from the Met an imminent inevitability, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at several possibilities for his successor.

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WQXR Blog

James Levine Cancels all Future Conducting Dates at the Met

Friday, December 09, 2011

Not only will he withdraw from the remainder of his performances this season, the conductor says that he won’t conduct at all in 2012-13.

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