Music

Franco Zeffirelli Threatens To Sue La Scala For Selling His Super-Deluxe Production Of “Aida”

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The 91-year-old director is furious that the Milan opera house packed off his gold-covered extravaganza, which opened La Scala’s 2006-07 season, to the opera in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Never mind that Zeffirelli is getting a share of the proceeds, or that La Scala can borrow it back for free whenever it wants.)

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Met’s “Death Of Klinghoffer” Is Selling Tickets

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Despite protests, weak advance sales, interruptions, and all the other mishegas, the John Adams opera “has sold more tickets than any other opera currently at the Met. General manager Peter Gelb “expects the opera ultimately to earn 70 to 75 percent of its potential ticket revenue, about average for recent seasons.”

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The Mom Who Was-Or-Wasn’t Ejected From A Concert By MTT Speaks

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“He actually said, ‘You’re disturbing me. Can you move to the side?’ But we weren’t doing anything. … My child was not fidgeting. No iPad. No phone out. … My child was about to burst into uncontrollable crying, [so] I had no choice but to leave.” (In the comments, someone claiming to be an eyewitness gives a different account of the event.)

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It Worked! Joyce DiDonato Will Sing At World Series

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Whether or not it was due to the social media campaign, the superstar mezzo and the Kansas City Symphony have been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the start of game six of baseball’s World Series on Tuesday. (If there’s a game seven, they’ll do it then, too.)

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Seville Symphony Players Make (Quiet) Onstage Protest Over Conductor

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The musicians of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville wore green ribbons to signal their unhappiness with an ongoing stalemate in the selection of their chief conductor. The city’s politicians voted to renew the contract of Pedro Halffter, who has held the post for ten years (and whom the musicians are said to oppose), but his re-engagement was vetoed by the regional government of Andalusia. (in Spanish)

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Some Progress In Atlanta Symphony Talks (Small)

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“Although the two sides appear to be at an impasse on the size of the orchestra, the musicians claim to have made “significant progress” on health care. The players have suggested a health-care plan that will save the WAC about 25 percent — more than $250,000 a year — over the plan that management canceled on Oct. 1.”

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Did MTT Throw A Mother And Child Out Of A Concert?

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Reports this week said that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas stopped a New World Symphony performance in Miami last Friday and asked a mother and her fidgeting child in the front row to leave. But MTT has come forward to say that that’s not quite the way things went down. (Social media posts from other audience members have backed him up.) (includes audio)

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Why Jazz Don’t Get No Respect

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“Jazz fans are hip; editors and writers at these publications are revanchist, in love with a non-existent, prelapsarian golden-age that is different for each.”

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“The Protest Failed Because It Relied On Falsehoods”: Alex Ross On “The Death Of Klinghoffer”

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“The opera is not anti-Semitic, nor does it glorify terrorism. … The most specious arguments against Klinghoffer elide the terrorists’ bigotry with the attitudes of the creators. By the same logic, one could call Steven Spielberg an anti-Semite because the commandant in Schindler’s List compares Jewish women to a virus.”

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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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