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April 27, 2010

What's up with Wolfgang? Mozart rides atop Google trends

Arrived at the Sun -- tardy, 'cause I got home so late from Washington National Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro" -- and was promptly greeted by my Web-savvy pals Amanda and Mark in our department with the news that dear, dead Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart topped Google trend Tuesday morning (see below). As I write this, he's still going strong at No. 12. What's up with that? Please let me know if you know. 

I can't think of any anniversary tied to the composer, and I can't believe WNO alone would generate so much Web traffic, especially since the company's "Figaro" opened four days ago (I caught the second performance). A production of the same work also just opened over the weekend at Toronto's Opera Atelier; maybe Canadians are pushing the Google search engines big time. 

Whatever the reason, I say: Way to go, Wolfie! Who says culture is dead?

Speaking of WNO's "Figaro," I'll get my review posted later today, after which I expect to drive Mozart right back to the top of the chart.



Posted by Tim Smith at 11:11 AM | | Comments (3)


Web-savvy pal Amanda asked, "Is he dead?" (She was kidding...I think.)

Anyway, someone please tell us why Mozart is so "hot"!!

(Captcha: "piggies demanded." No foolin'.)

Is he dead? Naw, he's just decomposing.

and don't forget the Vancouver Opera production, too! WNO, Atelier and Vancouver all opened Figaro the same weekend.

Thanks for letting me know. Must have been a perfect storm sort of thing. TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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