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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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Metropolitan Opera

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today at 12 pm, the new season of live broadcasts from the Met Opera continues with Wagner’s "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

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WQXR Blog

Poll: What Was the Biggest Classical Music Story of 2014?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Next week our Conducting Business podcast will be looking back at 2014 with three top music critics. But first, we ask you to weigh in.
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Conducting Business

A Second Act for City Opera?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are still hoops to be jumped through, but it looks like, as Monty Python would say, New York City Opera is not dead yet.

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World of Opera

Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades From Munich

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This week hear Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades from the Philharmonie in Munich, with tenor Misha Didyk as Hermann and soprano Tatiana Serjan as Lisa.

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Operavore

Anna Netrebko Supports Theater in Ukrainian Separatist Region

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anna Netrebko is responding to critics of a controversial donation she gave to a theater in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, asserting that the gift was "not a political act."
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Operavore

Review: With Luxury Casting, Turin Opera Rehabilitates William Tell at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Operavore

For Irish Opera, Funding Troubles and Signs of Revival

Monday, December 08, 2014

Surveying Ireland's opera scene, Fred Plotkin writes, "I have found many reasons to hope for an operatic revival and a couple of causes for concern."
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World of Opera

Mozart's Idomeneo From the Vienna State Opera

Thursday, December 04, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Mozart's trendsetting, and trend-breaking "Idomeneo," from the Vienna State Opera.

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Operavore

Barenboim Leaving La Scala after 9 Years

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The outgoing La Scala music director says he will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.
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Saturday at the Opera

Verdi's Sicilian Vespers from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Of all the operas that feature fatal illness, jealousy and bloody revenge, there's one that may be deadlier than them all. Tune in Saturday at 1 pm for this tumultuous work.

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The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt

Divas Who Dish

Saturday, November 29, 2014

While working on her autobiography "Call Me Debbie," Debbie Voigt was curious about how other singers dealt with telling their stories. This week, Voigt shares what she learned.

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World of Opera

Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov From Helsinki

Thursday, November 27, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Boris Godunov from the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.

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Operavore

The Message of Jessye Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 21, soprano Jessye Norman was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th luncheon in the grand ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
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Operavore

Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court gave the company a Dec. 18 deadline.
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Operavore

Bayreuth Festival Opts for a Less Provocative Parsifal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Days after the Bayreuth Festival parted ways with the theatrical provocateur Jonathan Meese over his planned production of Parsifal, the festival announced a replacement.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Eva-Maria Westbroek Plays an Unhappy Housewife in an Opera Stalin Hated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, tells us about playing the title character, an unhappy housewife named Katerina Ismailova, in Shostakovic’s opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.”

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Operavore

Arias at 34,000 feet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Flyers often take refuge in inflight entertainment to pass the time when sleeping proves impossible. But blogger Fred Plotkin finds the classical music offerings variable.
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The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt

The Heavenly Blend of Sopranos and Mezzos

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In the crazy world of opera, mezzos are usually the ones the soprano can trust. But sometimes they become a fearsome rival. When that happens, sparks fly.

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