Tag: Opera

Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend

Classical Music Resurrecting Stockhausen’s Lucifer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s experimental seven-opera cycle, known collectively as “Licht” (“Light”), had a big year in 2019: The Holland Festival presented excerpts from each opera; the French company Le Balcon performed the entire second entry, “Samstag aus Licht” (“Saturday From Light”), which depicts the death and resurrection of Stockhausen’s Lucifer character. […]

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Would Mozart Have Performed for You on Zoom?

In the 1980s I was the 30-something manager of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, arguably the greatest concert pianist in history. Mr. Horowitz was bored by practicing, but lived for his public performances, when the various demons with which he was plagued permitted him to leave the confines of his Upper East Side townhouse. Mr. […]

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The Coronavirus Hasn’t Slowed Classical Music

A classical music critic in New York City could conceivably never spend an evening at home. Carnegie Hall presents the world’s leading artists virtually every night during its season; Lincoln Center’s theaters are almost never dark. Then there are the dozens of smaller venues scattered throughout town. Planning a concert-going calendar, then, has always been […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

Krzysztof Penderecki, a Polish composer and conductor whose modernist works jumped from the concert hall to popular culture, turning up in soundtracks for films like “The Exorcist” and “The Shining” and influencing a generation of edgy rock musicians, died on Sunday at his home in Krakow. He was 86. His death was confirmed by Andrzej […]

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Our ‘Digital Selves’ Are No Less Real

Last week, I went to the opera with a few friends. We dressed up, exchanged pleasantries, and toasted with prosecco at intermission. A day later I went to my favorite queer singalong piano bar, Marie’s Crisis, in the West Village, tipping my favorite pianist, the regular Friday bartender. I planned a workout class with a […]

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Opera Star, Charged With Sexual Assault, Is Fired by University of Michigan

The University of Michigan on Thursday fired David Daniels, a professor of voice and one of the world’s leading countertenors, one year after he and his husband were charged with sexually assaulting another singer. It was the first time in more than 60 years that the university’s Board of Regents had voted to dismiss a […]

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Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home

Updated on March 24 If you’re stuck at home and hankering for the fine arts, there’s plenty online. Since the coronavirus pandemic began temporarily shutting down performing arts venues and museums around the world, cultural organizations have been finding ways to share their work digitally. Performances are being live-streamed, archival material is being resurfaced and […]

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More Movies Need an Oscar-Winning Actress Reacting Emotionally to Opera

A good face can get you through just about anything. That’s true of relationships and even more true of movies. I think that’s why, in our current moment of danger and despair, when we are searching for even the smallest comforts that can help see us through to the next day, I’ve found myself drawn […]

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An Opera Singer Goes From Tenor to Soprano, and Her Career Takes Off

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina — It had become unbearably dissonant. María Castillo de Lima, a singer at Argentina’s premier opera house, had turned what began as a drag persona into a permanent identity in 2014. But onstage at the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, where she holds a coveted role in the permanent choir, Ms. […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: The Latest

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Tuesday, and St. Patrick’s Day. Weather: Showers in the morning, with a high in the mid-50s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until April 9 (Holy Thursday). ImageCredit…John Taggart for The New York Times Yesterday brought dizzying changes to life in New York City, as […]

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Coronavirus Silences the Met Opera, and Poses an Economic Threat

During the last few performances before the coronavirus outbreak silenced the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, posters placed discreetly in the theater’s restrooms offered tips for staying healthy: Avoid contact with the sick. Cover coughs. Wash hands. Keeping the Met financially healthy through the closure, which will extend at least through the end of the month, […]

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In a Pandemic, Musicians Play in Empty Halls for Audiences Online

I was watching on my computer at home on Thursday afternoon as the Berlin Philharmonic finished a streamed performance of Luciano Berio’s “Sinfonia.” The cameras panned over rows of seats. No one was there. The musicians, dressed in their black-tie best, seemed not to know quite what to do. Finally, they began greeting each other […]

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New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Several of New York’s largest and most prestigious cultural institutions — including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic — announced Thursday that they would temporarily shut down in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The closures — which came after other cities in […]

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Allegations Against Plácido Domingo Deemed Credible by L.A. Opera

Ever since sexual harassment allegations against the opera star Plácido Domingo surfaced last summer, the music world has been awaiting the results of an investigation by Los Angeles Opera, a company Mr. Domingo helped found and later led. The company released those findings on Tuesday: It said that its investigators had received 10 accusations that […]

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Anton Coppola, Opera Conductor in Filmmaking Clan, Dies at 102

Anton Coppola, who appeared in the children’s chorus for the 1926 American premiere of Puccini’s uncompleted “Turandot,” conducted his own ending to the work some nine decades later, and in between had one of the longest careers as a maestro in modern times, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 102. His […]

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Review: An Opera Erases and Rewrites the American Myth

LOS ANGELES — A light-rail train barrels along the curving west edge of Los Angeles State Historic Park, a spit of land here just north of Chinatown. It roars by so close that it feels like the audience watching “Sweet Land,” the bewildering, ghostly new opera being put on in the park, could reach out […]

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Review: A New ‘Flying Dutchman’ Makes Landfall at the Met Opera

A stranger comes to town. That story line, so full of possibilities, has threaded through fictional works of all kinds for centuries. In Wagner’s opera “Der Fliegende Holländer” (“The Flying Dutchman”), the stranger is a haunted ship captain, condemned to sail the seas forever, with just one opportunity every seven years to land somewhere and […]

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The Met Opera’s ‘Dutchman’ Sails Into Port With a New Star

At a rehearsal one recent afternoon, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra was roaring out the final scene of Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” (“The Flying Dutchman”), which opens on Monday, the first new Met production of the work in over 30 years. A man’s shadow, projected onto a screen at the back of the stage, stood several […]

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An Opera About Colonialism Shows How History Warps

LOS ANGELES — This city likes to pretend it has no history, Yuval Sharon said on a recent afternoon while standing across the street from a place called, yes, Los Angeles State Historic Park. But history is here. For a long time the land on which this park now sits, not far from the forest […]

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Plácido Domingo Walks Back Apology on Harassment Claims

ImagePlácido Domingo in New York in 2018. The opera world has been divided by allegations that he sexually harassed several performers.Credit…Shannon Stapleton/Reuters On Tuesday, the opera star Plácido Domingo apologized to women who had accused him of sexual harassment. “I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and I want them […]

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Plácido Domingo Performances in Madrid Are Canceled After Inquiry

After allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Plácido Domingo surfaced last summer, American arts organizations responded by canceling his appearances. European institutions, though, stuck with him. So it was notable when Spain’s National Institute of Performing Arts and Music said on Wednesday that it was canceling Mr. Domingo’s upcoming performances at the Teatro […]

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