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Health Scares For Tenors Salvatore Licitra, Jonas Kaufmann

30, 2011

Tenor Salvatore Licitra is in serious condition after a motor scooter accident; Tenor Jonas Kaufmann to undergo chest surgery.

New Book Praises Met Opera Maestro James Levine’s Deep Humanity

black-and-white photo of James Levine in conversation with opera director John Dexter
James Levine and opera director John Dexter.
July 1, 2011

“James Levine: 40 Years at The Metropolitan Opera” is a coffee table book as lavishly appointed as the Met’s productions.

American Music Heroes: Thomas Schippers

Thomas Schippers
American conductor Thomas Schippers had a distinguished career from Kalamazoo to La Scala.
June 29, 2011

Conductor Thomas Schippers died at the age of 47 in 1977 and deserves to be better remembered today. Schippers was an authentic boy genius in music who went on to have a very distinguished career, from Kalamazoo to La Scala.

American Music Heroes: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in 1955
Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.
June 28, 2011

Remembering the American contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) as we prepare for the fourth of July weekend.

Detroit Symphony After the Strike: Larger Crowds, More Donations

leonard slatkin conducting the detroit symphony orchestra
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony
28, 2011

The Detroit Symphony says ticket sales and donations are up after returning from a long labor dispute, The Metropolitan Opera doesn’t like competition at the movies and a new movie, Pianomania, looks at the hidden lives of piano technicians.

Upper Arlington Library’s Summer Opera Film Series Starts Sunday

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) a one work composer, but what a work: "Cavalleria rusticana!"
June 10, 2011

The Summer Opera Film Series at the Upper Arlington Library begins Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. with Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. The series continues with Pagliacci on July 10 and Luisa Fernanda on August 7. The films are free and open to the public. Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy hosts.

Classical Headlines: New York Philharmonic on the Move (Maybe)

Jason Weinberger conducts
Jason Weinberger, resident conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. The orchestra is a focus this week of positive stories as it plans to emerge from bankruptcy.
2, 2011

Todays classical headlines include more on the musical journey out of bankruptcy for the Louisville Orchestra, a (possible) temporary home for the New York Philharmonic and last-minute cancellations on the Met’s upcoming tour of Japan.

Met Opera Announces Summer HD Encore Performances

anna netrebko as norina in donizetti's don pasquale
Anna Netrebko as Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2010.
24, 2011

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced summer encore screenings of six of their HD transmissions from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.

On Stage At The Met, 1901 – Thanks to Lionel Mapelson

Lionel Mapleson with his recording equipment
Lionel Mapleson with Edison Home Phonograph and extra large horn, probably at the Metropolitan Opera House. (ca. 1901-1903)
19, 2011

Lionel Mapelson was a librarian at the Metropolitan Opera over 110 years ago and an amateur inventor who recorded bits of early Met performances on a hand cranked machine.

The Met’s Die Walküre – All Those Valkyries and the Machine Breaks Down!!?!

A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre at The Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre in a production at The Metropolitan Opera.
16, 2011

Despite a late start due to technical difficulties, I have never enjoyed Die Walküre as much as I did last Saturday in an HD transmission from The Metropolitan Opera.