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This Week In Controversial Opera: Wikileaks

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“Directed by Daniel Fish, “The Source” seeks to create a nuanced portrait of Pfc. Manning while engaging with troves of military documents. The work’s text comes from primary-source material: Manning’s chat logs and the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs that were eventually published by WikiLeaks.”

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Musicians Protest, But Rome Opera Refuses To Reconsider Mass Firings

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“The first night of the opera Rigoletto was due to go ahead at the Rome Opera Theatre Tuesday but performers planned to read a message to the audience protesting the mass sacking of 182 orchestra and choir members … Earlier the troubled opera house’s personnel manager, Stefano Bottaro, … rejected a request to rescind the sackings in return for a discussion over productivity levels and costs.”

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Ten Things We Should Change In Classical Concerts

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“I often find myself sitting in a concert thinking I would never be here were it not for professional interest. This is a real shame, because to sit down in a concert hall and not do anything else other than listen for two hours is a great and quite radical experience in our lives. But there are many unspoken ‘rules’ and conventions at classical concerts that we often accept quietly and which make the experience of classical concert worse than it should be.”

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Even Iggy Pop Can’t Make Any Money From Streaming Music

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“If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales I’d be tending bars between sets.” The 67-year-old rock legend also says that electronic devices “estrange people from their morals and also make it easier to steal music than pay for it.”

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Keeping The Peking Opera Alive, On Long Island

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“More than 200 Peking Opera performers, musicians and artisans live in the New York metropolitan area, according to officials at several local cultural organizations. Like Mr. Fang, the vast majority trained and performed in China. And also like him, they now labor in virtual anonymity—many in nail salons.”

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Woodruff Arts Center Hits Back At Atlanta Symphony Musicians Over Pace Of Mediation

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Responding to the players’ complaints that Woodruff’s negotiators have been wasting time because they had neither a ready proposal nor authority from the board to reach an agreement, the Woodruff team’s leader said, “In the words of the mediators, it was time to put some of the shared ideas ‘on paper’. This was precisely what [the musicians] had asked us to do – make new proposals to show our good faith.”

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Could Atlanta Lose Its Orchestra?

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“Could we lose the orchestra altogether, as happened in Miami and Honolulu in recent years? Of course we could. These things always seem impossible until they happen. There is a cascading effect flowing from the lockout. We are losing subscribers. Donors are angry. The crisis feeds on itself.”

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Atlanta Symphony Musicians Appeal To Board In Frustration With Woodruff Arts Center

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“Yet after only two days of participating in the mediated negotiation process (October 7-8), the WAC’S representatives … left the table to await further guidance and instruction from the WAC Governing Board [and have not returned] … Clearly, once again, they arrived at the table with neither proposals nor the ability to authorize a deal.”

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Cuba Struggles With A Violin Shortage

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“Before Cuba’s 1959 revolution, many students played violins, violas, cellos and bass from European workshops. After it, the Soviet Union provided violins and cellos, along with many other goods. Now, as Cuba struggles to revive its stagnant centrally planned economy, students must make do with violins from China that too easily pop strings and lose their tone.”

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Why A Street Criminal Stole A Strad

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“It isn’t every day that a street criminal – a high-school dropout with two felony convictions – is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical.”

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Tobias Picker’s Big Plans For Opera San Antonio

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Says the composer, now artistic director of the reborn company: “I would like to do a range of repertoire from Monteverdi to the present day. … American repertoire is extremely important. We’re living in a golden age of American opera. There’s a tremendous amount of opera being written today. … [I'd like] to get to the point where we can commission a new opera [every year].”

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Why Does “Klinghoffer” Opera Still Roil Protests?

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A look at the Met’s website suggested that ticket sales for “Klinghoffer” have been sluggish, but it is unclear what role the protests have played. The company’s latest marketing campaign seeks to turn the controversy to its advantage. Its tagline runs: “See it. Then decide.”

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