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Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Read? Feb. 18, 2011

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Beethoven probably never suspected he would see Anna Nicole Smith immortalized on the operatic stage. iStock hide caption

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Beethoven probably never suspected he would see Anna Nicole Smith immortalized on the operatic stage.


This week on the classical internet:

  • Sex, Drugs And Opera: Despite concerns about whether it was fit for the operatic stage, Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole opened at the Royal Opera House. Anne Midgette and Anthony Tommasini were both there.
  • 3D is coming to the Metropolitan Opera. Robert LePage's new Siegfried will use 3D in what the New York Times calls the most technologically intricate production yet put on the Met stage.
  • Final offer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians are voting on what management says is its final contract offer. Spokespeople for the musicians are urging the players to say no.
  • Deus Ex Machina: An Atlanta Opera board member who died last year has left the struggling company a financial gift – of $9 million.
  • Five more for Falletta: Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta renews her contract for five years.
  • The L.A. Opera's updated production of Rossini's The Turk In Italy brings up a question many companies are thinking about: how does a company explore new ground without alienating fans?
  • Pit Fall: Sir Colin Davis fell and hit his head just as he was ascending the podium to conduct The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday.
  • The father and one-time manager of the 5 Browns, a family act of Juilliard-trained pianists, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three of his children.
  • Tiger Mother Music: Colin Eatock talks about Amy Chua's controversial book on parenting — and how it relates to classical music.
  • Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop is taking on another job as principal conductor of the Sao Paulo orchestra.
  • Mozart And Merlot: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is trying something completely radical, at least for its traditionally conservative audiences: wine at late-night concerts.



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