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First Prize at Chopin Piano Comp
is awarded to Yulianna Avdeeva, the first female Gold metalist in 45 years...

Washington Post
Muti cancels Chicago due to illness
a no-show in inaugural fall season, but will return for winter concerts...

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Oldest music publisher in North America puts scores online for free viewing and printing...

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Domingo Announces L.A. Opera's 2009/10 Season
Three Ring Cycles, Handel's Tamerlano, plus Hampson/Fleming recital...

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Scientist reveals secret of Stradivari
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Cab driver returns $4M Stradivarius
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Fire damages Berlin Philharmonie
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Obituary: Giuseppe di Stefano
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Mozart manuscript auction sets record
A leaf from Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat sold by Sotheby's for $228,484 ..

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Interview: Licia Albanese
At 93, this great Italian diva talks candidly about opera's past, present and future...

Classical Voice Exclusive
Rostropovich's art collection bought
in its entirety by a Russian billionaire and is going back home to Russia...
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MP3 music - better than it sounds?
Hi-Fi record producers decry lo-fi MP3's and earbuds. Do we really need music going all the time?...
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Raves for 2007 Ojai Music Festival
featuring piano music by Elliott Carter, Charles Ives and "Das Lied Von Der Erde" by Mahler/Schoenberg
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Mstislav Rostropovich dies of cancer
the greatest living cellist of our time is dead at 80...
NPR
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt
Embarks on a year-long world tour playing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier...
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L.A. Opera's La Traviata goes astray
Despite Fleming & Villazon, it fails to impress this critic...
Los Angeles Times
Lost Beethoven manuscript found
After 115 years, manuscript of Grosse Fugue remains in pristine condition...
NPR
Germans perform Holocaust opera
"Brundibar" by Czech-Jewish composer Hans Krasa, marking Auschwitz 60-year anniversary...
BBC News
Renata Tebaldi dies at 82
The greatest soprano in post-war Italy dies at her home in San Marino...
BBC News
Interview: Alessandra Marc
The great dramatic soprano takes a break from her Lisbon Turandot...
Special to Classical Voice
Bayreuth opens 'African' Parsifal
Director Schlingensief booed; Conductor Pierre Boulez applauded...
Associated Press
Carlos Kleiber has died
Reclusive conductor of limited discography but formidable skills ...
Gramophone
Rosenberg quits San Francisco
Controversial general director won't renew her contract for 2006...
SFGate.com
Found: L.A. Phil's Stradivarius cello
Forgetful cellist Stumpf relieved; more questions raised by police...
Los Angeles Independent
London's Savoy Opera
does it on the cheap in its first (and probably last) season...
Christian Science Monitor
Walt Disney Hall's pipe dreams
at 40 tons, 6134 curvy pipes, the organ is an artistic and technological marvel...
New York Times
Dynamic duo: Brendel, Schiff, Uchida all forego solo spotlight to play in song recitals...
Guardian Unlimited
Interview: Karita Mattila
Lovely Finnish soprano chats with Classical Voice before her sensational Salome debut in Paris...
Special to Classical Voice
OBIT: Robert J. Harth (1957-2004)
visionary executive director of Carnegie Hall, found dead in his apartment, of an apparent heart attack...
L.A. Times
La Fenice opera house reopens in Venice, Italy
Operatic phoenix rises from the ashes after nearly 8 years...
Guardian Unlimited
Walt Disney Concert Hall opens in L.A.
Can a building make the L.A.'s heart sing?...
Christian Science Monitor
Bad luck at Spain's Royal Opera
La Traviata strike on opening night; Gheorghiu walks out...
Reuters
English audiences embrace the music of Hector Berlioz
200 years after his birth, the great French composer remains largely unloved by his native country...
The Economist
La Jolla Music Society announces its 35th Anniversary Season roster:
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Juilliard String Quartet, cellist Lynn Harrell -- October 2003 - May 2004...
San Diego Magazine
Interview: Daniil Shtoda & Larissa Gergieva
Classical Voice chats with young Mariinsky tenor and his teacher, conductor Valery Gergiev's sister...

Classical Voice Exclusive
Orchestra obligations may derail N.Y. merger
A new twist in the NY Phil - Carnegie Hall merger saga...

Houston Chronicle
Renée Fleming 'tries out' her first Violetta in Houston
in preparation for her September Met debut in the plum Verdi role...

Houston Chronicle
To sell tickets, the arts get creative
Economy forces groups to rethink everything from fundraising to show times...
Christian Science Monitor
Paavo Jarvi creates buzz with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra  as the maestro enters his second season with CSO...
Cincinnati Post
Chicago Symphony Orchestra leans toward traditional next season, amidst budget cuts...
Chicago Sun-Times
Houston Symphony to go on strike, in protest of 14% salary cut and raised insurance premiums...
Houston Chronicle
Soprano Galina Gorchakova,
singing Norma in San Diego next month, talks to Classical Voice in a candid interview
...
Special to Classical Voice
 
Rising water threatens La Scala
Fears grow over redevelopment of Milan's Teatro alla Scala...
Gramophone
 
South Bay Chamber Music Society
2002-2003 season opens Sept 27th with Linda Wang, violinist...
Classical Voice News
 
Snake brings darkness to Santa Fe Opera  A bull snake crawled into a transformer and caused power outage...
Santa Fe New Mexican
 
Why conductors have great sex  Norman Lebrecht explains in this highly provocative article...
This Is London
 
Bernard Haitink conducts farewell gala at Covent Garden, ending his 15-year reign of the Royal Opera...
Financial Times
 
Samuel Ramey, 60, weds Lindsey Larsen, 38...
New York Times
San Jose Symphony plays its final notes before heading to bankruptcy court...
Yahoo!  News
Director Jonathan Miller talks about his falling out with the Metropolitan Opera over Cecilia Bartoli...
Guardian Unlimited
 
Pavarotti withdrew from Met Tosca just 90 minutes before the opening night performance, citing influenza...
New York Times
 
Early Music Festivals in Europe feature works by Gesualdo, Taverner, Monteverdi, and Dufay...
Early Music Network
 
Dutoit quits Montreal After trying to fire musicians, the orchestra revolts and the maestro bows out...
Toronto Star
 
Pianist Yefim Bronfman plays with L.A. Philharmonic in Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, May 18...
Classical Voice News
 
Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, dies at 58 -- a superb Lohengrin at Los Angeles Opera...
Classical Voice News
 
The 'Lisbon Traviata' mystery unraveled in this special report from Portugal...
Classical Voice News
 
Pianist Robert Thies debuts with Pasadena Symphony in Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Tune, Apr 13...
Classical Voice News
 
Juiliard Violin Teacher Dorothy Delay dies at 84 Delay was famous for teaching stars from Itzhak Perlman to Midori...
Associated Press
 
Vladimir Ashkenazy talks about his latest recording of Rachmaninov's 4th Piano Concerto with Helsinki Philharmonic...
Gramophone
 
The Rachmaninov International Piano Competition & Festival will be held in Pasadena, Mar 22- Apr 6
Classical Voice News
 
Vienna Philharmonic returns to Orange County March 12-14...
Classical Voice News
 
Heppner withdraws from The Royal Opera's Tristan ...
New York Times (AP)
 
Dumbing down opera singing: Three Tenors should have quit after their first collaboration ...
San Francisco Chronicle
 
Sweet on the Lyric Opera of Chicago ...
Chicago Sun-Times
 
New York City Opera seeks partners for move to Ground Zero ...
New York Times
 
Computer problem causes chaos for Scottish Opera's world premiere of 'Monster' ...
FT.com/The Herald
 
Inga Nielsen: a woman who likes to be "in the extremes" ...
Guardian Unlimited
 
Abraham Lincoln's opera glasses and final speech up for sale ...
FT.com/Independent
 
Günter Wand, German conductor, dies at 90 ...
San Francisco Chronicle (AP)
Obituary: Alain Vanzo, French tenor with restrained, nuanced style, dies at 73 ...
New York Times
 
Bayreuth cancels Israeli Phil invite
Wagner's great-granddaughter, Katharina, retracts invite to Israeli Phil...

Guardian
Interview: Nedda Casei
Raymond Beegle reminisces with American mezzo Nedda Casei...

Classical Voice
The great pianist Earl Wild has died
one of the greatest pianists in history, with omnivorous repertoire

Gramophone UK
Thielemann to take over in Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden name him principal conductor from 2012...

Gramophone UK
Mozart manuscript found in France
a sketch fragment for a Mass is found in a provincial library ...

Detroit News
'The Fly' is buzz of Paris season
operatic adaptation of the 1986 sci-fi/ horror classic opens in Paris, July 2...

Associated Press
Iconic UK label EMI sold for $6.4B
New boss says he will turn the record label around, lay off 35% employees...

NY Times
Experts reconstruct Bach's face
experts have digitally rebuilt J.S. Bach's face. The result surprises many fans...

Deutsche Welle
San Diego Opera's 2009 Season
Tosca, Don Quixote, Rigoletto, Peter Grimes, Madama Butterfly...

Classical Voice
NY Phil's historic visit to North Korea
Program- Lohengrin Act 3 Prelude, Dvorak 9th, American in Paris...

New York Times
Interview: Angela Gilbert
Classical Voice chats with San Diego Opera's Maria, Queen of Scots...
Special to Classical Voice
Preview: Tannhäuser in San Diego
Classical Voice talks to Ian Campbell of San Diego Opera about revival of Schneider-Siemssen designed sets...
Special to Classical Voice
Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)
King of high C's loses his battle with pancreatic cancer.  The world mourns the greatest Italian tenor since Caruso...
New York Times
NY Phil considers North Korea invite
Will art triumph over political impediments? Will music soothe an evil beast?...
Reuters
Met to triple HD simulcast screens
As many as 400 movie theaters will receive HD simulcasts from the Met in 2007-2008 season...
Playbill Arts
Classical music as gang buster?
Authorities in Tacoma, WA are playing Bach at bus stops to keep gangs away...
Australian AP
A digital concert companion
PDA guides listeners through a concert performance in real time...
NPR
Met holds singles night
in a campaign to woo young opera lovers...
Reuters
Sound of Music at Vienna Volksoper
Surprisingly, most Austrians have not heard the hit American musical, until now...
BBC News
La Scala tells Riccardo Muti:
"You're fired!" in the aftermath of the Fontana scandal...
The Scotman
Teatro alla Scala re-opens on Dec 7
after a three-year, $60 million restoration...
Guardian Unlimited
James Conlon takes over L.A. Opera
in 2006, succeeding Kent Nagano as Music Director...
Chicago Sun-Times
San Francisco Symphony and PBS
team up for a five-year multimedia marketing campaign...
Christian Science Monitor
Gerard Schwarz leaves Liverpool
but stays on as music director of Seattle Symphony...
Seattle Times
Alberto Vilar on the MET
calling it "bite the hand that feeds"; predicts a comeback...
Business Week
Size matters in Royal Opera's Ariadne
Svelt German soprano substitutes portly American diva...
New York Times
Volpe on Pavarotti's MET farewell
in a candid interview with Allan Kozinn...
New York Times
Joseph Volpe to leave the MET
in 2006, claiming age and taxing workload...
New York Times
French ensemble Les Arts Florissants
celebrates its 25th anniversary with a four-city U.S. tour in Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta and Chicago...
Chicago Sun-Times
Gidon Kremer left his $3 million Stradivarius on Amtrak train
while en route to Baltimore's Penn station...
Associated Press
Beethoven manuscript fetches $2 million at Sotheby's
Scherzo of Op. 127 String Quartet goes to an anonymous telephone bidder...
San Francisco Chronicle
Lyric Opera of Chicago's 50th anniversary gala -- all Sold Out
in October, 2004 features all-star lineup: Fleming, Heppner, Freni, Mattila, Rost...
Chicago Sun-Times
Franco Corelli dies at 82 in Milan, Italy
One of opera's greatest matinee idols...

Associated Press
NY Philharmonic, Carnegie call off merger
After six months of legal and logistical turmoils, the deal is off...
Associated Press
Deborah Drattell's new opera Nicholas and Alexandra premiered in Los Angeles, to general critical scorn, despite awesome star power...
New York Times
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Natalie Dessay will return to Santa Fe for "Sonambula" in 2004
A surprise announcement that has fans scrambling for tickets...
Houston Chronicle
A Prodigy, a Piano, Hardship, Stardom
A behind-the-scene look at the 21-year-old sensation Lang Lang from China...
New York Times
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Newly discovered Debussy piece
to be played for the first time by pianist Jean-Pierre Armengaud in Sweden...
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Symphony, $1.5 Million in debt, files Chapter 11 bankruptcy...
Houston Chronicle
57th Annual Ojai Music Festival
Runs May 28 through June 1, featuring Susuan Graham, Hélène Grimaud, conductor/composer Pierre Boulez...
Classical Voice News
Composer Luciano Berio Dies at 77
Considered Italy's greatest composer of the late 20th Century...
Associated Press
San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
Texas-based early music ensemble performs selections from their new CD "Ancient Echoes"...
Chicago Sun-Times
Karen Stone to head Dallas Opera
Former Director of Cologne Opera will assume new post August 15, 2003...
Houston Chronicle
Chamber music at Caltech
features the Takacs Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the Fields...
Classical Voice News
Interview: Jennifer Larmore
Popular American mezzo reflects on her career path and future plans, as well as the vogue of countertenors...
Classical Voice Exclusive
San Francisco Opera cuts $5.2 Million, 26 jobs in a drastic measure to restructure the debt-ridden company...
San Francisco Chronicle
Italian tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini
talks to Classical Voice in a four-part interview...
Special to Classical Voice
Heiress gives $120 million to arts charity
Reclusive Indianapolis heiress gives $120M to Americans for the Arts...
The Guardian
Un Ballo Closes Mariinsky Theatre's 219th Season
New season opens October 6th...
Classical Voice News
 
American soprano Anne Brown is 90 for whom Gershwin wrote the role of Bess in "Porgy and Bess"...
Gramophone
 
The modern concertmaster the choice of a first violinist is the most important appointment of any orchestra...
Washington Post
 
Judge finds price-fixing of Three Tenors recordings by Vivendi Universal and AOL Time Warner...
Associated Press
 
Out of their minds Article explores female insanity in opera and history of the "mad scene"...
Guardian Unlimited
 
'Rossini' bassoon concerto receives North American première in Escondido, California...
Gramophone
 
Anne-Sophie Mutter gives the European première of André Previn's Violin Concerto at the Barbican Hall...
Gramophone
 
How Much Satisfaction? William F. Buckley, Jr. contemplates the continuing decline of classical music on traditional radio...
Yahoo!  News
 
Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux talks about recording Arias for Farinelli and singing Baroque...
Gramophone
 
Los Angeles Opera presents Mozart's Magic Flute in a restaging of  the 1993 Peter J. Hall production, Mar 24 - Apr 14...
Classical Voice News
 
San Diego Symphony conductor Jung-Ho Pak steps down after reviving a once endangered orchestra...
San Jose Mercury News
 
America's favorite diva Renée Fleming comes to Escondido March 22...
Classical Voice News
 
Maazel says farewell with Mahler, the Maestro conducts his last concert in Munich before taking over the NY Philharmonic...
Gramophone
 
Columnist Ching Chang talks with Renée Fleming about her upcoming California tour...
sfgate.com
 
Why we love Handel: musicians, directors and writers explain his appeal...
Guardian Unlimited
 
Is Bach the greatest? a genius or merely a superb artisan?...
Gramophone
 
Yvonne Kenny talks about her role as the Marschallin in the New Zealand Festival's production of Der Rosenkavalier...
FT.com/The Christchurch Press
 
Lincoln Center board to recommend Reynold Levy as next president ...
San Francisco Chronicle (AP)
 
New Frankenstein Opera in London (well, Glasgow actually) ...
New York Times (AP)
 
Directors? What do they know? As David Pountney is confirmed as the next director of the Bregenz Festival ...
Guardian Unlimited
 
Songs in his heart: Schwabacher's recital series has boosted illustrious careers ...
San Francisco Chronicle
 
Whether he fell or jumped, Metropolitan Opera's 'War and Peace' extra is out ...
San Francisco Chronicle (AP)
 
Bryn Terfel withdraws from Opera Australia's Meistersinger ...
Sydney Morning Herald
 
Multimedia opera to premier on Web
New York Times (AP)
 
Still a Men's Club? The Vienna Philharmonic tours with five female alternates. Some say it's progress; others, tokenism ...
L.A. Times/Calendars Live
 
When is an opera not an opera? What's the difference between a musical and an opera?
Guardian Unlimited
 
  OBITUARIES
Wolfgang Wagner
Director, Age 90
March, 2010
Philip Langridge
Tenor, Age 70
March, 2010
Earl Wild
Pianist, Age 94
January, 2010
HC Robbins Landon
Musicologist, Age 83
November, 2009
Elisabeth Soderstrom
Soprano, Age 82
November, 2009
Erich Kunzel
Conductor, Age 74
September, 2009
Hildegard Behrens
Soprano, Age 72
August, 2009
Lucas Foss
Composer, Age 86
February, 2009
Richard Van Allan
Bass, Age 73
December, 2008
Nicola Rescigno
Conductor, Age 92
August 2008
Anthony Minghella
Director, Age 54
March 2008
Giuseppe di Stefano
Tenor, Age 86
March 2008
Sergej Larin
Tenor, Age 51
January 2008
Luciano Pavarotti
Tenor, Age 71
September 2007
Alan Blyth
Music Critic, Age 78
August 2007
Régine Crespin
Soprano, Age 80
July 2007
Jerry Hadley
Tenor, Age 55
July 2007
Beverly Sills
Soprano, Age 78
July 2007
Julian Budden
Musicologist, Age 82
February 2007
Gian Carlo Menotti
Composer, Age 95
February 2007
György Ligeti
Composer, Age 83
June 2006
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Soprano, Age 90
August 2006
Lorraine Hunt-
Lieberson

Mezzo-soprano, Age 53
July 2006
Birgit Nilsson
Soprano, Age 87
January 2006
Ghena Dimitrova
Soprano, Age 64
June 2005
Stanley Sadie
Musicologist, Age 75
March 2005
Victoria de Los Angeles,
Soprano, Age 81
January 2005
Renata Tebaldi,
Soprano, Age 82
December 2004
Robert Merrill,
Baritone, Age 85
December 2004
Carlos Kleiber,
Conductor, Age 74
July 2004
Yoko Watanabe,
Soprano, Age 51
July 2004
Robert J. Harth,
Carnegie Hall Executive Director, Age 47
January 2004
Hans Hotter,
Bass-Baritone, Age 94
December 2003
Franco Bonisolli,
Tenor, Age 65
October 2003
Franco Corelli,
Tenor, Age 82
October 2003
Christophe Durrant,
Conductor, Age 34
September 2003
Luciano Berio,
Composer, Age 77
May 2003
Otto Edelmann,
Bass-baritone, Age 86
May 2003
Lou Harrison,
Composer, Age 85
February 2003
Jerome Hines,
Bass, Age 81
February 2003
John Browning,
Pianist, Age 69
January 2003
John Crosby,
Santa Fe Opera Founder,
Age 76
December 2002
Sandor Konya,
Tenor, Age 78
May 2002
Monica Sinclair,
Contralto, Age 77
May 2002
Volker Straus,
Record producer, Age 65
May 2002
Mark Ermler,
Conductor, Age 69
April 2002
Herbert Wernicke,
Opera designer, Age 56
April 2002
Gösta Winbergh,
Tenor, Age 58
March 2002
Eileen Farrell,
Soprano, Age 82
March 2002
Dorothy Delay,
Violin teacher, Age 84
March 2002
Günter Wand,
Conductor, Age 90
February 2002
Leo Ornstein,
Composer/Pianist, Age 109
February 2002
Alain Vanzo,
Tenor, Age 73
January 2002
Peter Hemmings,
Opera Administrator,
Age 67
January 2002
Edward Downes,
Musicologist, Age 90
December 2001
Martha Mödl,
Soprano, Age 89
December 2001

Monte Pederson,
Bass Baritone, Age 43
November 2001

Tatiana Menotti,
Soprano, Age 90
October 2001
Cina Cigna
Soprano, Age 101
July 2001
Delme Bryn-Jones,
Baritone, Age 66
June 2001
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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