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Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel - Part 2

John Mauceri | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Carlo Bergonzi was one of the "other" tenors when I was a teenager going to the Metropolitan Opera. Like Nicolai Gedda, Bergonzi was a tenor's tenor. He did not send off fireworks like a Tucker or a Corelli. He did not summon the deep wells of sadness that Vickers could. He was simply perfect.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel (Part 1)

John Mauceri | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Within the past month we have read with sadness of the deaths of four important artists who seemingly have little in common: composer and author Mary Rodgers Guettel, internationally famous American conductor Lorin Maazel, Broadway and cabaret star Elaine Stritch, and the legendary operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi. They do actually have one thing in common: me.

Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Due To Anti-Semitism Concerns

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera announced on Tuesday that it has canceled its plans for a live transmission of the opera...

Chew On This: Operatic Mastication

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

We need to get on the arts treadmill, cut out the fat and keep its heart healthy.

Playing From the Heart

China Hands | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
China Hands

In recent years, there has been a revival in interest in classical music in China that is aiming to shake China's traditional emphasis on technical superiority and instead emphasize emotion.

A Nonprofit Board's Best Friend: A Robust Business Plan

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

The key to long-term success for a nonprofit board is to seriously evaluate business plans on a regular schedule, even if a status quo plan is desired. However, there are some alternatives that can be developed if changes are needed.

First Nighter: The Gotham Chamber Opera's Top-Notch "La descente d'Orphée aux enfers"

David Finkle | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Much of the intense charm of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (Opheus's Descent into Hell)--receiving an intensely charming...

Questions for the Future of the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Are we witnessing a major transition in the arts from regional organizations to fewer mega-organizations with the sophistication to mount large scale productions, to market them well and to raise large sums of money?

NYCO Says, "Ta-Ta": New York City Opera's Final Performance of Anna Nicole in Review

Opera Teen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Opera Teen

There were tears from the cast during the curtain calls after Saturday, September 28th, New York City Opera presentation of Anna Nicole. Not only bec...

What Do the NFL and Classical Music Have in Common?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

As a mere observer I am not privy to the inner workings of the NYC Opera or the Minnesota Orchestra. However, the bizarre logic of our congress allowing the NFL to not carry its weight while arts groups are gasping for air is insulting.

From the Back Row

Alice Carey | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
Alice Carey

The opera begins and ends with Anna saying, "I want to blow you all... a kiss." As I bid farewell to City Opera, I too blow them a kiss for their brave attempt to bring opera to the people and to convert me to the opera Queen that I am.

SHUT DOWN?

AP | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — New York City Opera says the company will file for bankruptcy protection and wind down operations after failing to raise enough money...

Did AIDS Kill New York City Opera?

Perry Brass | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

The amount of money necessary to save New York City Opera -- about $7 million -- people like David Koch and his crowd could belch out after dinner. But what is so heartbreaking to me is that a whole generation that would have fought like mad to save it is now dust.

NYC Opera Fails To Raise $7 Million, Will Probably Suspend Season

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while. The 70-year-old company says it plan...

Met Opera: Levine Returns in Triumph in "Cosi Fan Tutte"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The most thrilling moment in an evening full of thrills at the Metropolitan Opera's first performance of Cosi Fan Tutte last night came before a single note was played.

Giving Money to the Arts Does Not Make You Evil

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Please -- if you have an extra dollar, do help human beings who are suffering. However, if you have a million dollars, know that if you give some to an arts organization -- even an ailing one -- your money will not be spent in vain.

NYC Opera May Have To Shut Down Unless It Raises $7 Million

AP | Posted 09.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- The New York City Opera says it may have to shut down the rest of its productions this season if it can't raise $7 million by the end of S...

NYC Opera Season Comes To An End

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Jacques Offenbach's "La Perichole" struggled to break through and was ultimately suffocated in Christopher Alden's heavy-handed and a...

Opera Company Returns To City Center

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The Exodus was the subject of New York City Opera's return to City Center following a 48-year absence. Not the company's exit from L...

20-Year-Old Charles Eliasch Makes His Opera Debut at Carnegie Hall

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Xaque Gruber

While partying and having fun is a temptation for most 20-year-olds, Eliasch, who began vocal training at age thirteen, and recently graduated from New York's Mannes College of Music with a focus in voice will have his opera debut at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 31.

Britten's Operatic Ghost Story In NYC

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 02.25.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- When it comes to operatic ghost stories, none is more creepily effective than Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw." The British com...

The Mind of a Professional

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

As we alternate between the roles of spectator and performer, we owe each other inspired work before taking the stage, the kind that lays weaknesses bare, but follows with a view into our capacity to accomplish unreal things.

'We Wanted To...Remind People Of What A Visual Extravaganza It Can Be'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts

George Steel inherited a financial mess when he took over New York City Opera in 2009. As the artistic director and general manager, he made a dramati...

VOX Opera Festival Announces New Lineup

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 11.01.2012 | Arts

The New York City Opera has recently announced the six selections that will appear in this year's VOX Festival in New York, a workshop program for new...

Operatic Incubator Celebrates Decade of Excellence at Essex House

Jim Luce | Posted 09.16.2012 | New York
Jim Luce

Poverty, sickness, and violence represent humanity at its worst. We must each, individually and collectively, address such societal problems.