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On Record: James Inverne Remembers Jon Vickers (1926-2015)

"Opera," said the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers once in an interview, "is not entertainment." For entertainment, he explained, he would far rather watch My Fair Lady. Opera had to go deeper. It was deeper, or it was nothing.

The Operatic Note: Birgit Nilsson Depicted on Riksbank Sweden's 500 Kronor Banknote Performing Wagner's 'Die Walküre'

The late great Wagnerian soprano, Birgit Nilsson, has been able to hit all the right notes. And now, Sweden's central bank, Sverigis Riksbank, has unveiled the finished artwork for its new series of banknotes. Nilsson will be worth 500 kronor from ...

RESULTS: The International Opera Awards 2014 Are Announced, Posthumous Prize for Gerard Mortier

The venerable Opera magazine has announced the winners of its still-rather-new annual awards, the "Operas" (think Oscars but with more singing and a smaller budget). Since Opera has been the bible for international opera reviews for many decades, ...

Metropolitan Opera unveils 2014-'15 season: Verdi and 'Death of Klinghoffer' catch our eyes

The Metropolitan Opera has released its schedule for the 2014-'15 season, and there's something for everyone (we would argue more so than with recent seasons). The two headliners for the next season, which opens September 22 with Mozart's Le Nozze di ...

Gergiev, Nelsons, Gilbert or Alsop...Who is the World’s Busiest Conductor?

Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes ...

Milli Vanilli and Wagner provide inspiration for experimental opera 'WOW'

The best part about contemporary opera is that it incorporates relatively modern events into the plot lines. Relatively modern, as several experimental individuals are looking to prove, includes notorious '90s pop icons Milli Vanilli. Did you say ...

From the Met to Covent Garden, Even with Glitches, Live Opera Broadcasts Are Here to Stay

"There is this cultural kind of gladiatorial aspect to opera singing and opera singers because they are out there, they are singing into [hidden] microphones for the purpose of the audiences in movie theatres but they are not being amplified, they ...

The Column: Royal Opera's New 'Parsifal' is a Radical and Truly Visionary Production

It may have divided opinion, but Classicalite's contributing editor was riveted by Covent Garden's big new production for Wagner's anniversary year.

WATCH: Stephen Fry/Alan Davies at Royal Opera House's Deloitte Ignite Verdi/Wagner Festival

What does great art do to our bodies? In an exciting world first, The Science of Opera with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies saw a team of medical scientists from UCL discovering what happens inside us when we go to the opera. Opera lover Stephen Fry took ...

REVIEW: Singers and Dancers Make Verdi's 'Sicilian Vespers' a Grand Debut at Royal Opera House

It took 158 years to get here, but Les Vêpres Siciliennes, one of the grandest of Verdi's operas, made its Royal Opera debut in London with a production that proved an ideal platform for soloists, ballerinas and choruses.

DEADLINE: Wagner Society of Santa Fe Wants Your 'Ring' Sequel

Wagnerites, take heed. In celebration of both National Opera Week as well as the composer's ongoing 200th, the Wagner Society of Santa Fe is seeking sequels to Der Ring des Nibelungen--specifically, what happens to Alberich...

Mnozil Brass Unleashing Boundary-Pushing Fun, in the U.S., on 20th Anniversary Tour

When you weren't looking, Mnozil Brass quietly entered the U.S. And now, they're about to spring their blistering virtuosity and kamikaze-like humor on unsuspecting audiences in such places as Indiana, Penn. and Grand Ledge, Mich.

Wagnerian (and Eurovision) Tenor René Kollo, 75, Calls Time

He's 75, so René Kollo has decided that enough is enough. Wagner tenors--real, top-quality Wagner tenors--are few enough in number that when one decides to retire, it doesn't go unnoticed.

'Breaking Bad,' the Opera, Getting Cooked by Sung Jin Hong's One World Symphony

Inspired by both blue Albuquerque methamphetamine and English Romantic poetry, Hong had best hurry up with his mini-opera, 'Breaking Bad--Ozymandias.'

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