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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

James Levine Withdraws From Met Fall Season by Daniel J. Wakin

James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera's music director, has withdrawn from all performances at the Met for the rest of the year after falling while on vacation in Vermont and damaging a vert…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Surgeries for James Levine by Daniel J. Wakin

James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera's music director, has received two previously undisclosed back operations since the spring.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Opera Takes the Heat With A Little Help From Gatorade by Daniel J. Wakin

when temperatures push into the upper 90s, as happened on Thursday for a rehearsal of "Sweeney Todd" at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., a whole new set of concerns arises to make sure the sopranos…

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Two City Opera Board Members Quit by Daniel J. Wakin

More fallout from the company's turmoil.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Opera Star Tries Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly by Daniel J. Wakin

The soprano Deborah Voigt, known for portraying Strauss and Wagner heroines, will be packing heat in the title role of “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

City Opera's Plans Draw Increasingly Vociferous Protest by Daniel J. Wakin

The New York City Opera's musicians, chorus, stage directors and stage managers have a dim view of the company's plans for the future, and have repeatedly staged protests to make their displ…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

After Lincoln Center, City Opera's Next Season by Daniel J. Wakin

Opera fans have been waiting for months to hear the company's plans for next season, especially since its general manager and artistic director, George Steel, announced in May that City Oper…

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

City Opera Players Provide Their Own Accompaniment at Labor Protest by Daniel J. Wakin

New York City Opera musicians protest to keep the financially troubled orchestra from moving from its Lincoln Center home.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Break for the Philharmonic's Summer Concerts by Daniel J. Wakin

The orchestra will perform with the tenor Andrea Bocelli on Sept. 15 on Central Park's Great Lawn, a special event outside its usual parks series.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Money Woes Force Hiatus for Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas by Daniel J. Wakin

Few contributions and rising costs force a suspension of operations.

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City Opera to Lay Off 11 Workers by Daniel J. Wakin

The move is part of a reorganization plan for the troubled company.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Blow for City Opera as Director of Artistic Planning Departs by Daniel J. Wakin

The move comes amid much uncertainty at the company.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

New York City Opera Union Files Labor Complaint by Daniel J. Wakin

The American Guild of Musical Artists tries to block the company's planned move from Lincoln Center.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Washington National Opera Names Glimmerglass Chief as Artistic Adviser by Daniel J. Wakin

The move heralds possible links between the institutions.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Where Should New York City Opera Go? by Daniel J. Wakin

New York City Opera has announced it is leaving Lincoln Center for undetermined locations in New York City next season.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Broadcast of 'Die Walküre' Performance at the Met Is Delayed by Daniel J. Wakin

A technical problem left an estimated 175,000 people sitting in movie theaters around the world (and nearly 4,000 people at the Metropolitan Opera itself) twiddling their thumbs while waitin…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New York Philharmonic Hires Ricardo Morales by Daniel J. Wakin

Ricardo Morales and the New York Philharmonic have finally closed the deal.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Metropolitan Opera to Make Japan Trip by Daniel J. Wakin

Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in a message to the company that the decision was based on a recent advisory from the State Department.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Met Opera Announces Park Series by Daniel J. Wakin

For the third season in a row, the Metropolitan Opera is offering recitals instead of full scale operas for it's free summer parks series.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New York Philharmonic Cancels Cuba Trip by Daniel J. Wakin

The orchestra was tentatively planning to go in June, but no charter planes big enough to take it were available.

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Composer's Eiffel Tower Plan Is Approved by Daniel J. Wakin

Joseph Bertolozzi, who has created music by harvesting percussive sounds from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge near Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said he received approval for a similar pro…

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Has Tentative Deal by Daniel J. Wakin

Neither side would comment on the terms, but it is likely that the musicians would take large pay cuts.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Frédéric Chopin Letters Go On Display in Warsaw by Daniel J. Wakin

Six letters by Frédéric Chopin went on display this week at the Chopin museum in Warsaw after having been lost from view since the early years of World War II.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maurizio Pollini Cancels United States Recital Tour by Daniel J. Wakin

The pianist Maurizio Pollini has canceled a United States recital tour because of illness, Carnegie Hall said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

James Levine to Cut Back On Met Spring Performances by Daniel J. Wakin

The Metropolitan Opera said on Monday that Mr. Levine, who is music director of both the Met and the symphony, will cut back on opera performances in the spring.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New York Philharmonic Casting Change for 'Bluebeard's Castle' by Daniel J. Wakin

Marthe Keller has withdrawn from the opera because of illness.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Carnegie Hall Lists Japan Relief Groups by Daniel J. Wakin

Carnegie Hall has posted a list of organizations accepting relief money for Japan.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Robert Spano Named New Aspen Music Festival Music Director by Daniel J. Wakin

The Aspen Music Festival and School, a rite of passage for many of the nation's leading musicians but an institution fraught with dissension in the recent past, has hired the conductor Rober…

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Cesare Siepi Celebration Announced by Daniel J. Wakin

The family of the Metropolitan Opera bass Cesare Siepi is holding a celebration of his life at the Bruno Walter Auditorium on Saturday.

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Gergiev Cancels Another Performance by Daniel J. Wakin

Mr. Gergiev missed Wednesday's performance of "Boris Godunov" and was to have returned for Saturday's matinee.

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Montreal Symphony Orchestra Announces Inaugural Concerts at New Hall by Daniel J. Wakin

The orchestra late Thursday announced its inaugural concerts at the hall, which is due for completion this spring and has yet to be named.

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