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Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo and More Return to Royal Opera House's Cinema Season at Symphony Space's Jay Sharp Theatre

Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo and More Return to Royal Opera House's Cinema Season at Symphony Space >>

Renee Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and many more will be featured on the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House Cinema Season as it returns this Fall to Symphony Space's Jay Sharp Theatre.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Is in the Black for FY 2014, with Ticket Sales Up 8 Percent

Lyric Opera of Chicago Is in the Black for FY 2014, with Ticket Sales Up 8 Percent >>

General Director Anthony Freud announced some good financial news for Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday: the company broke even in FY 2014.

Renée Fleming to Make Acting Debut in a Play: 'Living on Love' at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Renée Fleming to Make Acting Debut in a Play: 'Living on Love' at Williamstown Theatre Festival >>

Soprano Renée Fleming will play diva Raquel De Angelis in the world premiere of 'Living on Love' at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Purely Administrative: Why Renewing Christoph Eschenbach's National Symphony Orchestra Contract Is a Bad Idea for D.C. >>

A dark cloud is sure to follow the National Symphony Orchestra this 2014-15 season after the renewal of Christoph Eschenbach's contract as music director. The decision to continue on with Eschy at the podium was "purely administrative" (as if that were an excuse).

Guest Blog: Aspen Music Festival CEO Alan Fletcher on Who's Really Behind Renée Fleming's Brilliant Super Bowl XLVIII Performance >>

"The unsung heroes of the classical world of singing are coaches." -- Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival & School

Dancing Without the Band: 'DWTS' Fires Live Orchestra, Replaced by Dubstep? >>

The Dancing With the Stars band--known as the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers--have been sent their final notice to pack up and move out. Instead of paying for a big band ensemble, the producers of DWTS have announced that they will replace the group with a "small electronic band" of recorded music.

Renée Fleming Brings Down the 2014 Super Bowl House, Announces Juilliard Seminar >>

And Fleming won't stop there. To contend for Classicalite's "Busiest Opera Singer of the Year" award, she will hold a two-hour master class at her alma mater, the Juilliard School, on February 13.

People's Diva Renée Fleming Singing Canned National Anthem with New Jersey Symphony for Super (Weed) Bowl XLVIII >>

We here in "New York City" are "lucky" enough to play host to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring intellectual thug Richard Sherman and Skittle-loving beast Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks inevitably losing to Peyton "Ad Man" Manning's Denver Broncos. More accurately, it's the Garden State that will see all the action of the first-ever "Weed Bowl" at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2014-15: Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Wagner, Weinberg's 'Passenger' >>

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary season will feature three new productions of Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni,' Donizetti’s 'Anna Bolena' and Puccini’s 'Tosca,' as well as the Lyric premiere of 'The Passenger' by Mieczysław Weinberg.

Classicalite’s Five Best: Marilyn Horne Recordings

Classicalite’s Five Best: Marilyn Horne Recordings >>

Many happy returns to Marilyn Horne, who turns 80 years young this month! One of the truly iconic singers of the 20th century, the American mezzo may not grace our stages these days, but we have her dozens of recordings to remind us of that great, glorious voice and charismatic personality.

The Column: Renée Fleming's National Anthem at Superbowl XLVIII...What Controversy? >>

What's the fuss all about? The U.S. morning news bulletins are full of the news that, shock, horror, "Opera singer to sing national anthem at Superbowl." And? And yet the news teams (news!) are earnestly discussing the rights and wrongs of the decision to invite Renée Fleming to this august occasion, reading out (mostly hostile) tweets and reassuring viewers that, yes, she is actually pretty darn good.

A Night at the NFL: Opera Star Renée Fleming to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII >>

The National Football League announced that world-renowned "people's diva" Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Her appearance will mark the first time that an opera singer has been invited to sing at the Super Bowl pre-game festivities.

Song to the Moon: Renée Fleming Returns to the Met for Dvořák's 'Rusalka,' Cinecast Audience Set to Beat Bizet's Best >>

Opening on Thursday and running until February 15, the Metropolitan Opera will be presenting the great Antonin Dvořák's 'Rusalka.' Even better, Renée Fleming will return to one of her signature roles--singing the emblematic "Song to the Moon" aria as only she can.

Marilyn Horne's 80th Birthday Celebration Will Feature Renée Fleming, Samuel Ramey, Barbara Cook and Other Star Vocalists >>

Legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will be honored on her 80th birthday with a recital featuring an all-star lineup of guest artists at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Column: Five Great Modern Operas That the New York Times Music Staff Missed! >>

The New York Times has published an interesting piece, their classical music writers giving their thumbs-ups to the modern operas they consider the most likely candidates for perennial popularity. Which, in opera terms, means at least a production every year or two, somewhere, we'd guess. Among their choices were some fine works but, perhaps inevitably, the list felt incomplete. It was bound to, and there's the fun

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