The Message of Jessye Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 21, soprano Jessye Norman was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th luncheon in the grand ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
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Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court gave the company a Dec. 18 deadline.
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Bayreuth Festival Opts for a Less Provocative Parsifal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Days after the Bayreuth Festival parted ways with the theatrical provocateur Jonathan Meese over his planned production of Parsifal, the festival announced a replacement.
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Arias at 34,000 feet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Flyers often take refuge in inflight entertainment to pass the time when sleeping proves impossible. But blogger Fred Plotkin finds the classical music offerings variable.
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Met Opera Ends Season with $22 Million Deficit

Friday, November 21, 2014

But the opera company said Thursday that steps including new labor contracts are expected to bring in enough savings to balance the budgets in 2015 and 2016.
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Smartphone App, Tweet Seats Add Interactivity to Philadelphia Concert Halls

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously.
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The Spirit of Martin Waldron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the legacy of Martin Waldron, an only-in-New York character whose stately Brooklyn townhouse was a haven for opera stars and noble actors.
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Special Webcast: The Death of Klinghoffer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tune in to the Operavore stream Thursday at 7 pm and Friday at 5 pm for a full webcast of "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman.  
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Michaela Martens, Who Plays Marilyn Klinghoffer, Spreads Her Musical Wings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you need to take anyone's word about the unorthodox performing challenges faced by the cast of the Metropolitan Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer, let it be Michaela Martens.
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Putting a Lid on Over-the-Top Rossini Productions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rossini productions have suffered—especially the comedies—because the performance style, has become overemphatic, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's how to fix them.
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After Anna Netrebko Quits Munich Manon, Company Brings Her Back in Eugene Onegin

Monday, November 10, 2014

Since Anna Netrebko's 11th-hour withdrawal from the title role of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera, the production has become the object of much speculation.
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Berlin in Mind

Friday, November 07, 2014

"When I think of Berlin, it is often as a place from which New York can learn a lot," writes Fred Plotkin. "Its better traits stand as models for things we might try to emulate."
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Opera Singer Montserrat Caballé Reaches Deal to Avoid Jail for Tax Evasion

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities that will have her pay a fine but avoid jail time over tax evasion charges.
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Weaving South African Magic into Mozart

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A production of Mozart's Magic Flute is being staged in New York by the South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble. Operavore's Fred Plotkin gives his reaction.
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Musical America Names Director Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Musical America has named opera and theater director Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year. Four other honors were also announced Tuesday.
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Operatic Fish Tales (for Operavores Who Are Pescavores)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

That the hearty men and women who live with water, waves, briny air and the wondrous fauna that live beneath the surface make for vivid material for opera is no fluke.
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Joyce DiDonato Sings National Anthem – with a Stumble

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series. But the crowd cheered the effort.
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Is Opera Supposed to Teach Us History?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The staging of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met raises the inevitable question: Should we expect to learn history from the stories of certain operas?
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Review: Handel's Alcina a Vocal Feast in an Unusually Hushed Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Joyce DiDonato leading the cast, Carnegie's concert presentation of Alcina showed why the work should never lose its special occasion status, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Succumbing to the Eboli Virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The immediacy and excitement of the music and character of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo are irresistible even to people who insist that they hate opera, writes Fred Plotkin.
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