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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Remembering the Old Metropolitan Opera House

Monday, September 26, 2016

The last Monday in September is, customarily, the opening night of the season at the Metropolitan Opera house.
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How Critics Can Help Us Love Opera Even More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fred Plotkin discusses the changing roles of opera and art critics over the years and how they can enhance the experience of going to performances or listening.
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Behind the Scenes of Daniela Mack's ROH Debut

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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American mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack made her Covent Garden debut on Sept 13 as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. We spoke to her about how she got ready for the big day.
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The Operatic Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Fred Plotkin travels to Ketchum, Idaho, where Ernest Hemingway lived and is buried, and considers which of the great author's works would translate well in opera.
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NYC Opera's Double Bill: Stick Around After Intermission

Friday, September 09, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the New York Opera's double bill of Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
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Remembering Opera Singer Johan Botha

Friday, September 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin remembers Johan Botha, a favorite heldentenor of many, who died on Sept. 8 in Vienna at the age of 51.
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Fall Preview: Voices of Autumn

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This fall, the New York area is brimming with enticements for people who love to hear the human voice in opera and recital. Fred Plotkin highlights what to look for.
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The Presidential Candidates’ Silence About the Arts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As we get closer to the 2016 presidential election, Fred Plotkin investigates the candidates' stance — or lack thereof — on funding for the arts. 
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Lenny's Legacy: An Appreciation of Bernstein on His 98th Birthday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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'Everyone with any connection to music in New York encountered Bernstein,' writes Fred Plotkin, who shares his personal memories of the maestro in honor of his birthday.
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Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

Monday, August 22, 2016

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The great soprano Daniela Dessi, who died on Saturday, Aug. 20, was a great example of a singer blessed with a rich 'vita interiore,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Review: 'Idomeneo' at Mostly Mozart Festival Seeks Converts

Friday, August 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns writes that at the Mostly Mozart Festival "Idomeneo" had "a clean, trim narrative and never left left you asking why the opera takes periodic left turns."
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From Sayão to Saudade: Brazil's Contributions to Opera

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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With the Olympics bringing our attention to Brazil, Fred Plotkin looks at the history of opera in the country, including its Amazonian theaters, star singers and intangible emotions.
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Review: Couples Are Reunited in Bracing 'Cosi fan tutte'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' at the Mostly Mozart Festival brought a "provocatively bracing, razor-sharp edge" to the opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Singular Voices: Barbra Streisand

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Fred Plotkin begins a series honoring unique voices from opera and the stage. First up: Barbra Streisand, who is making a pair of rare appearances at the Barclays Center.
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Everything Sounds Better in Yiddish

Monday, August 08, 2016

A new production at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene leads Fred Plotkin to ruminate on the roots of Yiddish theater in New York City and its connections to opera.
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A Recipe for Success on the Opera Stage

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Julia Child once said that the key to successful cooking is buying the right ingredients; likewise in opera, the key to a great performance starts with a great cast.
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Before HD, the Met Tour Brought Opera to the US and World

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Thirty years after the Metropolitan Opera staged its last national tour, Fred Plotkin looks back at its influence on opera around the country and the world.
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What We Learned from the First New York Opera Fest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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From the Bronx to basketball courts in Brooklyn, the inaugural New York Opera Fest presented more than 25 productions, providing a survey of the state of opera in the city.
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