French Lessons in Chicago with 'Les Troyens' and 'Don Quichotte'

Monday, December 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin visits Chicago and attends impressive performances of "Les Troyens" and "Don Quichotte" at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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The Show Must Go On

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Sometimes one must brave uncertainty and forge ahead. Fred Plotkin shares some examples of performers that have done so under difficult circumstances.
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The Ultimate Holiday Music Guide For New Yorkers

Friday, November 25, 2016

The holidays in New York are enriched every year with a whole host of concert performances, including a mess of Messiahs and other great music experiences.
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Gratitude, Just When We Need it Most

Monday, November 21, 2016

Acknowledging those people and things who contribute to the greater good makes us feel better and, yes, truly grateful, writes Fred Plotkin, especially for what is expressed in music.
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Why It's More Difficult Than Ever to Become an Opera Singer

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fred Plotkin on the many things opera singers must now do to launch, grow and sustain their careers outside knowledge, artistry and health.
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Review: Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathleen Battle's hyped return to the Metropolitan Opera began 30 minutes late. But once she started, she showed no signs of stopping.
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The Art of Listening

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"Most of us hear but not all of us listen," says Operavore's Fred Plotkin. Find out how the skill of active listening can transform your experience with music and much more.
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The Glorious Diversity of African-American Music

Friday, November 04, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin takes a tour of the "stupendous" "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the The National Museum of African American History and Culture with the exhibit curator.
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Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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What Can Happen When an Opera Performance is Cancelled

Monday, October 31, 2016

Human ashes in the orchestra pit this weekend caused the Met to halt one performance and cancelled another. Fred Plotkin explains what goes on during a performance cancellation.
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Keeping Up With Conductor Gianandrea Noseda

Friday, October 28, 2016

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra return to David Geffen Hall this weekend with the Verdi Requiem. Fred Plotkin journals about the maestro's busy fall. 
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Before Verdi There Was Rossini

Monday, October 24, 2016

While in Italy to celebrate Verdi, Fred Plotkin muses on the man who came before him, Rossini.
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For ‘William Tell’ Nerds, The Met Does (Reasonably) Well by Rossini's Epic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
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Singular Voices: Charles Aznavour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fred Plotkin continues his series called Singular Voices sharing his thoughts after a recent New York performance by French multi-lingual singer Charles Aznavour. 
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Remembering Broadcaster Peter Allen

Friday, October 14, 2016

In this personal memorial, Fred Plotkin shares his experiences with and appreciation for the WQXR and Met Opera radio broadcaster over the course of many years.
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Venice: The First Capital of Opera

Monday, October 10, 2016

The importance of Venice to opera cannot be understated. Fred Plotkin visits the city and shares his thoughts on the city's place in operatic history.
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In the Footsteps of Wagner: Writing 'Parsifal' in Italy

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Fred Plotkin retraces the paths of Wagner as he was writing Parsifal leading him Villa Rufolo where the composer found his inspiration for the operas second half.
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50 Years at the New Metropolitan Opera House

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Met just celebrated its 50th season opener this week. Fred Plotkin shares his thoughts after attending performances for those fifty seasons.
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Review: Met's New 'Tristan und Isolde' Goes Radical

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"This was not your typical glittering, socialite-oriented Met opening," writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of this much anticipated new production of "Tristan und Isolde."
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