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Archive for March 26, 2014

Web Exclusive: From Sharp Minds

Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal cello John Sharp with music director Riccardo Muti, c.Todd Rosenberg

For all the singing of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the musicians are at times the unsung heroes. Maestro Muti often laughs that the conductor doesn’t do much—the truth is somewhere in the middle: Mr. Muti adds ears and insight; he builds architecture, but the musicians have to produce all the sound

Parma, Italy: A Taste for the Past

Parma Cathedral "Duomo" and Baptistery, painted ca. 1820

The town of Parma is famous for its heckling. In 1816, an opera audience “whistled and booed” at tenor Alberico Curioni. He shouted obscenities back and was arrested.

Last year after a performance in nearby Milan, international opera goddess Anna Netrebko confessed to WFMT when singing Bohème at La Scala