Many unfairly dismiss classical music as the sole domain of the elderly and the insufferably intellectual, but in reality its fan base transcends numerous barriers. Even those who simply do not find it sonically aesthetic should still appreciate its impact on popular music. The following list, by no means comprehensive, offers up a nice stepping stone towards studying classical, opera, music theory and musicology as well as the politics and cultures that shaped them. Due to space constraints, many highly worthwhile blogs were unfortunately cut, but this does not mean that they offer nothing to those desiring more information! Seek out what they have to say and for a diverse peek at the rich classical genres.

General Classical Discussions

  • Deceptive Cadence: NPR famously makes classical music accessible to radio listeners, and extends its passion and education to the internet.
  • Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog: Most of the postings here go straight to Standpoint magazine and peer into a number of different classical music-related topics.
  • Tom Service on Classical Music: The Guardian‘s Tom Service covers all things classical, from politics to performances to history and culture.
  • The Rest is Noise: Alex Ross, official music critic of The New Yorker, offers up a great blog for exploring one of humanity’s most beloved creative outlets.
  • Sequenza 21/: Classical music didn’t abruptly end once powdered wigs fell out of favor. Stop by the truly engaging Sequenza 21/ for information on contemporary composers, performers, trends, topics and more.
  • On An Overgrown Path: Listen to podcasts and music clips through this absolutely essential read, which delves into a number of incredible questions on classical’s rich history and contemporary interpretation.
  • The Classical Beat: Hosted by The Washington Post blogger Anne Midgette, this incredible resource serves as a forum for fans to discuss their opinions on the latest classical music news.
  • Mind the Gap: Molly Sheridan doesn’t blog exclusively about the classical genres, but she offers plenty of amazing insights into what constitutes an engaging, electric performance that spreads to all corners of the music industry.
  • Slipped disc: Dive into every nook and cranny of the classic music industry, understanding how it molds and shapes today’s perspectives and practices.
  • aworks: The aworks blog highlights the people behind the recordings and what they do to keep such old genres new and fresh.
  • Createquity: This think tank may not focus exclusively on music, but many classical fans enjoy giving it a visit for some amazing reflections on the politics of culture.
  • Classical WETA 90.9 FM: WETA 90.9 FM services Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, bringing both listeners and readers alike some of the nation’s most insightful classical commentary.
  • Classical Iconoclast: Stay up-to-date on the latest classical music news and views from around the world with this incredible valuable, detailed blog.
  • David’s Blog at Bachtrack: Beyond the blog, which doesn’t update as often as some of the others listed here, lay one of the internet’s best conduits for discovering the best concerts, operas and ballets worldwide.
  • Clef Notes and Drama Queens: Tim Smith at The Baltimore Sun posts some excellent articles on the performing arts in his area, with plenty of gems for classical music geeks.
  • PostClassic: Another fantastic offering by ARTSJOURNAL, this time looking at the role of classical music in the contemporary age and how some strive to keep it relevant.
  • Proper Discord: A former classical musician turned record store clerk weighs in on a number of different, yet relevant, topics.
  • AfriClassical: Be sure to also head towards the main AfriClassical website for a comprehensive history of black composers on the classical music scene.
  • Sandow: George Sandow posts some excellent insights and observations of what direction these centuries-old styles may head in the future.

Musicians, Composers and Conductors

  • oboeinsight: Renowned oboist Patricia Emerson Mitchell pulls from her decades of experience to offer up an excellent peek at life as a classically-trained musician.
  • Chamber Musician Today: Chamber musicians the world over gather to discuss their passion in detail, discussing ideas, issues and everything else that impacts the industry.
  • CompositionToday: An excellent website and blog catering exclusively to classical composers active today, including excellent resources on available jobs.
  • The Collaborative Piano Blog: Pianists and their loyal supporters flock to Chris Foley’s informative blog to keep up with news and views regarding ensembles and other collaborative efforts.
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: This absolutely amazing group uses period instruments to showcase how certain works would have likely sounded at the time of their composition.
  • Nico Muhly: Step inside the creative process and opinions of contemporary composer Nico Muhly, who also posts a plethora of audio clips as well.
  • Podium Speak: Watch some excellent videos and read informed commentary by choral conductor and musician John Brough.
  • A View from the Podium: Another informative blog from a conductor’s point of view, packed with plenty of experienced insight.

Music Theory and Musicology

  • Texas Tech University Music Theory: Red Raiders studying music theory offer up insights based on their studies and experiences on a nice selection of relevant subjects.
  • Berklee Music Blogs: This blog network brings together writers opining on everything from the business itself to — of course — music theory.
  • 2’23″: Philip Gentry muses on all things musicology, with a bit of other political and cultural topics thrown in for good measure.
  • Amusicology: Musicologists from around the world converge to discuss theory from a number of different perspectives; those outside the academic field are welcomed with open arms.
  • Musically Miscellaneous Mayhem: A musicology PhD keeps a must-bookmark resource for anyone interested in learning everything they can about their favorite works, composers and the theories that shaped them.
  • Musical Assumptions: Musical Renaissance woman Elaine Fine pulls from her incredibly impressive resume to bring readers excellent posts on all the theories and practices relevant to her passion.
  • Miss Music Nerd: This online music appreciation course looks at the worlds of both classical and pop, with well-considered analysis of what works, what doesn’t and why.
  • The Rambler: Though dedicated to modern and experimental composition, Tim Rutherford-Johnson’s writings provide classical music fans with a way of better understanding of the fundamentals and how some enjoy subverting them.
  • From Beyond the Sea: Boydell and Brewer, a leader in printing up engaging music literature, delves into the history and theory of mankind’s beloved, expressive performing art.
  • Roger Bourland: Musicology and life converge into one exciting and informative resource for fans of all proficiency levels.

Opera

  • Opera Tattler: Several San Francisco-based opera aficionados blog about their experiences and opinions after attending an impressive array of performances.
  • parterre box: Follow this incredibly informative blog for information on opera-related trends and topics, most especially as it pertains to the New York scene.
  • Opera Chic: An American woman living in Milan keeps a highly regarded blog on her experiences and opinions regarding one of the genre’s most influential and glamorous hubs.
  • Opera Today: Opera Today’s title explains everything. Here, newcomers and seasoned fans alike can follow the latest news and views on their favorite performances, performers, composers and companies.
  • Intermezzo: Another excellent, comprehensive opera blog, this time focusing mainly on England’s happenings.
  • NYC Opera: Even opera fans outside of New York can still learn plenty from their blog about the latest trends dotting hat particular scene.
  • An Unamplified Voice: Read through an extensive archive of in-depth opera notes, mainly focusing on the Metropolitan performances.
  • WagnerBlog: Anyone desiring to learn all they can about popular German composer Richard Wagner would do well to give Vincent Vargas’ blog a visit.
  • opera chanteuse: More visually-oriented readers will enjoy reading these operatic musings that come peppered with fashion discussions and photos.
  • Prima la musica: A respected, Sydney-based critic provides her opinions on almost every element of opera’s past, present and possible future statuses.