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Guitar Concerto by Lalo Schifrin on Fretworks

The Guitar Player by Jan Vermeer van Delft (c. 1672)
The Guitar Player by Jan Vermeer van Delft (c. 1672)
October 3, 2013

The next Fretworks at 7pm this Saturday on Classical 101 will feature a 20th century guitar concerto, early 18th century music for the Baroque guitar, some Scarlatti, more music from Agustin Barrios, and a bit of Copland for guitar quartet.

R.I.P. New York City Opera (1943-2013)

New York City Opera Poster from 1944
One of the first New York City Opera posters from 1944.
October 3, 2013

After 70 years, the legendary New York City Opera is no more.

Anna Nicole Opens in New York

New York City Opera's Anna Nicole
New York City Opera's Anna Nicole
September 18, 2013

A new opera by Wayne Turnage is based on the sad life of Anna Nicole Smith

Remembering Regina Resnik

Regina Resnik as Carmen
August 9, 2013

Regina Resnik has died at the age of 91. Here’s an appreciation.

Scandal in Opera? Powder Her Face

Margaret Whigman Sweeney Campbell, duchess of Argyll aka "The dirty Duchess"
February 20, 2013

Powder Her Face is a chamber opera by Thomas Ades, based on the notorious Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

NY City Opera Sells Production Materials in Online Auction

7, 2012

The cash-strapped New York City Opera plans to put “a couple thousand” lots of stage sets, costumes and other production materials on auction next month.

New York City Opera Sells Old Productions

photograph of part of the interior of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House
The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House is now one of the New York City Opera's performance venues.
6, 2012

To save money, the financially strapped New York City Opera plans to sell – and even discard – its production stock.

He Doesn’t Audition

Nico Castel in Manon-he didn't audition for this.
August 22, 2012

Nico Castel is an actor, singer, linguist, teacher and director with a forty -year career in all aspects of the arts. Almost all. I don’t think he can dance en pointe any more but you’d have to ask him. A few years ago he was told to audition for an idiot stage director who was [...]

Trailblazing African-American Soprano Camilla Williams Dies

3, 2012

Above: A documentary of the life of Camilla Williams, produced by Richard Glazier for a 2009 New York City Opera salute to Williams. Soprano Camilla Williams, the first African-American woman to sing a leading role at a major U.S. opera house, died Sunday at her home in Bloomington, Ind., according to the Associated Press. She [...]

Rehearsal Lockout At NY City Opera

photograph of a padlock and chain locking two red doors together
Unions fear rehearsal lockout may spell demise of New York City Opera season
9, 2012

We’ve followed announcements of the New York City Opera’s fiscal problems and performance venue changes, as well as the controversies surrounding City Opera’s artistic director and general manager, George Steel. A report in the New York Times details the most recent episode in the company’s turbulent existence: locking musicians out of rehearsal. According to that [...]