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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Music You Can Visit – Apparently There’s Interest In Buying The Only Copy Of Wu-Tang Clan’s New Album

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“Announced last week, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is not just one of two new Wu-Tang records: the 128-minute double album will only be pressed once, in a unique edition that will tour festivals and galleries. According to RZA, there have already been numerous offers to purchase the music once it finishes its exhibition […]

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Latest Women-Shouldn’t-Be-Conductors Gaffe Comes From Legendary Conducting Teacher

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Jorma Panula, the now-83-year-old professor who trained a flock of talented maestros that includes Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, and (ahem) Susanna Mälkki, told a Finnish news broadcaster, “They can come [to my masterclasses] and try. It’s not a problem – if they … take more feminine music. Bruckner or Stravinsky will not do, […]

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What Makes A Composer “Great”?

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“There is, of course, no science of creative greatness. Yet nobody thinks Rattigan is greater than Shakespeare, or Eric Coates (composer of the Desert Island Discs theme music) greater than Beethoven.”

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Muhammad: the Opera (Yes, the Prophet of Islam)

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“It was quite a challenge, even for the crack team of theatrical experts summoned from around the world: less than six months to produce a hi-tech musical extravaganza about one of the most renowned figures in human history. Oh yes, and the title character can’t appear on stage.”

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San Diego Opera Staves Off Its Own Execution (At Least For A While)

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“Rather than close shop and begin selling assets on April 14, the day after its fourth and final production of “Don Quixote” closes at the Civic Theatre, the opera is giving itself two additional weeks to re-evaluate its financial condition, consider additional options and possibly find a way to go forward for at least another […]

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San Francisco Conservatory’s Big Plans To Expand

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“David Stull, who came to San Francisco last summer, after serving as dean of Oberlin Conservatory, spelled out a grand plan for the future at the black-tie event, attended by some of the city’s prominent philanthropists. The school, which grew exponentially with the 2006 move from the Sunset to its current Civic Center location, is […]

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Last.fm to Shut Down Streaming Radio Service

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The company “said it will continue to deliver personalized music to its listeners via a new music player that’s currently being tested. The difference is the music will not come from its own servers. Instead, music will be piped in from YouTube and VEVO onto the new player.”

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Music As Unique Object: Band Will Release Only One Copy Of Its New Album

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The band is Wu-Tang Clan. “Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album. And similar to a Monet or a Degas, the price tag will be a multimillion-dollar […]

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The Perplexing Events That Led To Shutting Down San Diego Opera

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“The vote took some board members by surprise. In past meetings, plenty of discussions about fundraising troubles and shrinking audiences occurred, but no talk of an immediate shutdown. Just two weeks before the vote, Ian Campbell attended a regular board meeting to talk up the 50th anniversary season in 2015.”

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Why Hire One Music Director When You Can Hire Two?

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The Westchester Philharmonic: “While the leadership arrangement is unusual, its contours have become clearer in recent weeks as next season’s programming takes shape. Mr. Laredo and Mr. Sperling will each conduct two concerts — a fifth conducting slot will be filled by a guest — and both will have substantial sway over the choice of […]

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New Interactive Site Lets You Create Your Own Symphonies

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“Each letter of the alphabet gets mapped to a unique sound and a playful animation. Holding down a key plays both the sound and the accompanying visual on repeat; smashing several at once layers everything into more complex soundscapes.”

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