Front Row Center: Summer Festivals, From the Eclectic to the Electric

A lineup of festivals from around the world scheduled in comiing months.







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Front Row Center: Bel Canto Opera Reclaims Its Subtlety

Fesitvals in England and Austria are confirming the return of bel canto, a style that is often a challenge for audiences as well as for musicians.







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Front Row Center: Performing Music Inside a Work of Art

The auditorium at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris offers a versatile and luxurious new concert venue.







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Front Row Center: Bringing a Complex Opera to Heel

The South African artist William Kentridge puts his mark on a production of “Lulu” at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.







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Front Row Center: A Berlin Institution’s Lively Shift

New concert series are among the experimental formats the Konzerthaus Berlin has introduced since Ivan Fischer’s arrival as music director in 2012.







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Classical Music This Week: Schubert, Bloland and Lip-Synching ‘Salome’

This week’s look ahead at the world of classical music.







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Matthew Aucoin, Opera’s Great 25-Year-Old Hope

The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?

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ArtsBeat: ASAP Rocky’s Album Released Early, Thanks to a Leak

An unauthorized online leak on Monday of “At.Long.Last.ASAP.” led his label, RCA Records, to sell the album a week early.







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