Music

There IS A Plan To Save San Diego Opera

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“A sharply reduced budget, innovative programming and a list of donors who will step up if San Diego Opera’s current leaders are replaced might be enough to rescue the company from shutdown in two weeks, … [said] Carol Lazier, the San Diego Opera board member who pledged $1 million to save the company.”

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San Diego Opera Isn’t 100% Doomed (Yet)

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“The company’s board of directors met Friday afternoon and voted to keep an April 29 deadline for the opera’s closure. But the board also formed a special committee of six members to explore alternatives to shutting down. … The special committee will focus on the retention of consultants, [the board chair] said, but she didn’t […]

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John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer For “Become Ocean”

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The work, premiered on June 20, 2013, by the Seattle Symphony and published by Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature (BMI), was described in the citation as “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”

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The San Diego Opera Just Gave Its Last Performance (We’re Pretty Sure)

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“After a three-week battle that convulsed the community here and subjected its once revered opera company to widespread derision and accusations of mismanagement — Ian D. Campbell, its general and artistic director, was nearly booed off the stage when he stepped out to introduce ‘Don Quixote’ this month on opening night — the board of […]

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Vienna Phil To Return Nazi-Looted Painting

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“‘We have tried for many years to come to grips with the Vienna Philharmonic’s past and face up to our responsibility to make good historical injustices,’ orchestra director Clemens Hellsberg said.”

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Poll: What Americans Think About Popular Music

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“Forty-two percent of Americans think that this decade has the worst music compared with the other four most recent decades. Next in order are the 2000s (15 percent), 1990s (13 percent), 1980s (14 percent) and the 1970s (12 percent).”

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Vienna Philharmonic Wins $1 Million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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Birgit Nilsson Foundation president Rutbert Reisch said the choice of the orchestra fit the award’s criteria for artists “who have made the biggest contribution to classical music.” The Birgit Nilsson prize adds to the list of honors accorded to the Viennese ensemble, which is recognized as one of the world’s greatest.

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Singers Diana Damrau and Stuart Skelton Take Honors at International Opera Awards

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“The event, now in its second year, launched in 2013 and was designed to be the first truly international set of prizes in the operatic world.” The Zurich Opera was named company of the year; the Aldeburgh Festival’s site-specific beach staging of Peter Grimes won a prize for best production of the Britten anniversary year.

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America’s Most Popular Music: Country Displaces Pop

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“As the music industry continues to struggle financially and once-dominant types of music like hip-hop recede on the charts, country’s audience has grown stronger, wider and younger — a fact that has not escaped the notice of media companies that have invested heavily in the genre.”

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Study Casts Doubt On Superiority Of Strads

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Regarding the guesses over whether an instrument was old or new, 31 were right and 33 were wrong. “The data rather clearly demonstrate the inability of the players to reliably guess an instrument’s age,” the researchers write.

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Getting The Early Morning Phone Call To Star At The Met (And On Movie Screens Across The Country)

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“Ms. Opolais, who said that she would normally be resting her voice after a night singing ‘Butterfly,’ found herself singing her second Puccini opera, and playing out her second Puccini death scene, on the stage of the Met within the space of 18 hours. While she had sung the role of Mimi at the Vienna […]

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The Problems With Music Criticism

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“Perhaps I would be a better critic if I took the time to consider the output of Justin Bieber on the critical scoring points that matter to me, independent of the mainstream media through which I disregard him, but you won’t convince me of that.”

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