Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of opera singer Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert. Listen to a 1974 interview with Anderson on WQXR.

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Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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A Wintry Journey of Discontent

Friday, March 28, 2014

Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.

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Throwback Thursday: Conchita Supervía (#tbt)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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This Thursday we're throwing it back to mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía. We'll play her music throughout the day on the Operavore Stream.

 

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Video Webcast: Diana Damrau at Le Poisson Rouge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Metropolitan Opera regular Diana Damrau performs music from her new album "Forever" at Le Poisson Rouge. The performance can be streamed live on this page. 

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Widespread Surprise at San Diego Opera's Decision to Fold

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week’s news that San Diego Opera, the 10th largest opera company in the United States, plans to close its doors has generated a range of responses.

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Rameau Redux: Why the French Composer Deserves Our Attention

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago this September 12, composed more than 30 works for the stage. A few are coming to New York, and it's about time, writes Fred Plotkin.

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La Scala's Incoming Boss Takes Aim at Booing Superfans

Friday, March 21, 2014

Being booed and heckled is part of the game for singers at La Scala. But Alexander Pereira, who becomes La Scala’s new director on October 1, wants to silence the “hissing hooligans."

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San Diego Opera no Longer Operable, Votes to Close

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The board of the opera that has been a city cultural institution for 49 years voted overwhelmingly to shut down Wednesday.

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Throwback Thursday: Tito Gobbi (#tbt)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.

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