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Congratulations to John Luther Adams on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music for "Becoming Ocean." Now everyone go out and get the recording of "Inuksuit."
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My review of James Conlon leading Zemlinsky and Korngold at the NSO.
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Michael Fabiano is the deserving winner of this year's Tucker Foundation award -- but does the Vienna Philharmonic really deserve to get $1 million from the Birgit Nilsson Prize? Why or why not?
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David T. Little and the future of contemporary opera.
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When I heard there was an opera singer on "The Bachelor," I assumed she was a crossover wannabe - but Sharleen Joynt can really sing. A look at what effect, if any, a turn on a reality-TV show might have on a serious opera career - and on why a lonely and slightly disillusioned young woman made the choice to go on the show in the first place.
Unhappy in Germany, a soprano goes on “The Bachelor” — and then weighs the career consequences.
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Dudamel and the L.A. Phil offer stunning Tchaikovsky in DC (but Corigliano's first symphony sounds a bit dated).
Music director and orchestra offer moving Tchaikovsky and John Corigliano symphonies.
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The organization once known as the Washington Performing Arts Society gets a new look for next season - and a new, still emerging message about community, collaboration, and "platforms" (sigh).
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Thoughts on the anniversary of Marian Anderson's concert (which WPAS will mark with a big event on Saturday night).
Today marks the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The field still has a long way to go.
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My review of "Elisir d'amore" at WNO - which the copy desk saw fit to transform from an "opera buffa" to an "opéra bouffe" (sigh).
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Sigh indeed… Reminds me of the Australian subeditor many years ago now, who took it upon him/herself to change all of a concert reviewer's pronoun references to Lynn Harrell from masculine to feminine! Did they really think a reviewer at a live concert would get something like that wrong?!

In your situation, is there an opportunity to give feedback to the copy desk so that particular mistake isn't repeated? Or is that a waste of time?
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An opera singer goes on "The Bachelor," wins fans, stays classy, and now gets to find out whether doing something personal in the public sphere detracts from your Art, or enhances it.
Unhappy in Germany, a soprano goes on “The Bachelor” — and then weighs the career consequences.
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The classical music critic of the Washington Post.
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In 2008, I consolidated my various cultural interests under the single title of classical music critic of the Washington Post. I blog at The Classical Beat, which you really should be reading.
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