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Requiem Aeterna

Friday, January 09, 2015

It is likely that Verdi was not religious and had a healthy skepticism for many institutions, including church and state, writes Fred Plotkin. But his Requiem makes a powerful impact.
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World of Opera

Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt From Turin

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear "Giulio Cesare," one of the many Handel operas being heard more and more often in the world's theaters.

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Operavore

Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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Operavore

An Opera Lover's Resolutions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Read a synopsis before attending an opera, arrive early and don't wear noisy bracelets on your arms. These are a few of Fred Plotkin's New Year's suggestions for operagoers.
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Metropolitan Opera

Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel," sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series.

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The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt

Remembering Leonie Rysanek

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Host Debbie Voigt pays tribute to a “Diva of the Day,” beginning this week with Voigt’s late friend and colleague, Leonie Rysanek.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Recordings by Young Artists Showcase Alumni

Friday, January 02, 2015

This week hear a New Year’s salute to recently released albums by a few musicians who have appeared on Young Artists Showcase.

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Operavore

Review: A Less than Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, January 01, 2015

"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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WQXR Features

New Year’s Day 2015 From Vienna

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne with the Vienna Philharmonic when it presents its annual salute to the waltz. Our broadcast airs at 11 am.

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World of Opera

Donizetti's The Elixir of Love From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, January 01, 2015

There's not a lot to be taken seriously in this comic romp by Donizetti, unless, of course, you count the music.

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Operavore

Francis of Assisi, in Brooklyn and in Music

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As a new exhibition of documents tied to St. Francis of Assisi comes to Brooklyn, blogger Fred Plotkin considers the ways in which he influenced classical music and opera.
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Operavore

Greek Soprano Rescued from Stricken Ferry

Monday, December 29, 2014

Among the more than 450 passengers rescued from the ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday was the Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
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Metropolitan Opera

Verdi's La Traviata

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Met revives Willy Decker’s modern-dress, boldly minimalist staging of Verdi’s "La Traviata." Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is Violetta.

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World of Opera

John Adams's El Niño From the Spoleto Festival USA

Thursday, December 25, 2014

In John Adams's "El Niño," the sweeping setting of this Christmas story is both compellingly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions.

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Operavore

Soprano Renée Fleming Set to Make Broadway Debut

Monday, December 22, 2014

Soprano Renée Fleming — who has triumphed in the worlds of opera, recording and even the sports arena — is moving on to the Great White Way.
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Metropolitan Opera

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Join us today at 12 pm to hear the return of the Met's new production of The Marriage of Figaro. Erwin Schrott sings the title role and Danielle de Niese is his clever fiancee.

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Operavore

The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.  
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World of Opera

The Voyage to Reims From the Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's "The Journey to Reims" from the 2014 Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival, in Bad-Wildbad, Germany.

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Conducting Business

The Highs and Lows of 2014 in Classical Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The year 2014 saw plenty of highs and lows in classical music, as we hear from music critics Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns and Zachary Woolfe.

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Operavore

When Opera Singers Groove to the Motown Sound

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A surprising number of opera singers take an interest in the music of 1960s Motown, Fred Plotkin writes. Which Motown song do you think could work in a recital repertoire?
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