The Russians Are Here: NYC's Passionate Concert-Goers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Russian speakers from the former USSR are a very important part of New York’s audience for opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin considers the roots of their passion.
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Seeking a New Way to Price Tickets at the Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Reduced price tickets to live Met performances come in various forms. Blogger Fred Plotkin examines where the best deals are.
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Shades of Black and White and Very Little Gray

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Merry Widow is about money and whether it can bring happiness and salvation, a theme that is all too relevant today, writes Fred Plotkin.
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'Mindfulness Opera' to Feature Yoga, Audience Participation

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Lost in Thought," by composer Rolf Hind, is said to be the world's first "mindfulness opera" and will allow audiences to do yoga, meditate and eat during the performance.
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Listening Back, Listening Forward

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometimes we hear a singer and immediately think of future roles for which they'd be suited. Then memory of past singers comes into play. Blogger Fred Plotkin explains.
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Protesters Greet Valery Gergiev on First Night of U.S. Tour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg kicked off a month-long, 12-city U.S. tour on Wednesday night at BAM—and was greeted by protesters chanting "out, out, out.”
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New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center To Co-Produce Modern Operas

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic said Wednesday they plan to co-produce three modern opera productions, starting this August and continuing in 2016 and 2017.
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Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Obraztsova Dies at 75

Monday, January 12, 2015

The mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, a leading opera singer of Moscow's Bolshoi Opera for more than two decades, died Monday in Germany.
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Video: Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand Sing a Chanson for Charlie Hebdo

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The operatic soprano – and more recently, cabaret singer – joined the veteran film composer Michel Legrand as part of an evening-length tribute event.
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Requiem Aeterna

Friday, January 09, 2015

It is likely that Verdi was not religious and had a healthy skepticism for many institutions, including church and state, writes Fred Plotkin. But his Requiem makes a powerful impact.
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Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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An Opera Lover's Resolutions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Read a synopsis before attending an opera, arrive early and don't wear noisy bracelets on your arms. These are a few of Fred Plotkin's New Year's suggestions for operagoers.
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Review: A Less than Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, January 01, 2015

"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Francis of Assisi, in Brooklyn and in Music

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As a new exhibition of documents tied to St. Francis of Assisi comes to Brooklyn, blogger Fred Plotkin considers the ways in which he influenced classical music and opera.
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Greek Soprano Rescued from Stricken Ferry

Monday, December 29, 2014

Among the more than 450 passengers rescued from the ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday was the Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
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Soprano Renée Fleming Set to Make Broadway Debut

Monday, December 22, 2014

Soprano Renée Fleming — who has triumphed in the worlds of opera, recording and even the sports arena — is moving on to the Great White Way.
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The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.  
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Top Five Serial Operas

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 "Serial," a series about a little-known murder case from 1999, has been called podcasting's first breakout hit. Opera composers have also been drawn to episodic series.
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When Opera Singers Groove to the Motown Sound

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A surprising number of opera singers take an interest in the music of 1960s Motown, Fred Plotkin writes. Which Motown song do you think could work in a recital repertoire?
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Searching for Messiah, in Dublin and New York

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Yorkers is home to various annual Messiah performances but Dublin is where it all got started. Blogger Fred Plotkin visits the site of the premiere.
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