Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Beverly Sills Award

Thursday, April 07, 2016

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The soprano, who made her Met debut last season, is the 11th recipient of the award and will receive $50,000 to help further her career. 
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Understanding Tragedy Through Art

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Fred Plotkin explores how art in its various forms can help provide clarity and meaning when the burden of great misfortunes and hardships becomes too difficult to bear.
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Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins 2016 Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 04, 2016

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Houston-based soprano Tamara Wilson, known for her portrayal of Verdi's heroines, is the recipient of the annual award with its $50,000 prize.
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With 'Yardbird,' Apollo and Opera Philadelphia Launch Partnership

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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The Apollo and Opera Philadelphia will follow their presentation of 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' with 'We Shall Not Be Moved' next year and a production to be presented in 2019. 
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6 Stranger-Than-Fiction Events that Inspired Alexander Chee

Monday, March 28, 2016

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The author of the new novel, 'Queen of the Night,' stops by to read an excerpt from his book and details the romantic and bizarre episodes from operatic history that entered his story.
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5 U.S. Opera Premieres Bringing American Subjects to the Stage

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Forget the pyramids of Egypt and the temples of ancient Greece, a new crop of operas commissioned by U.S. houses are bringing distinctly American operas to the stage. 
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Sondra Radvanovsky Completes Three Queens Triathlon at the Met

Friday, March 25, 2016

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Sondra Radvanovsky portrays the third of Donizetti's three queens in a new production of Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux' at the Met, which David Patrick Stearns reviews.
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Costanzo Shines in Orpheus Double Bill

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Matthew Aucoin's 'The Orphic Moment' premieres on a program with Gluck's 'Orfeo et Euridice,' as Anthony Roth Constanzo sings the title role in both. David Patrick Stearns weighs in.
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Living and Learning with 'Madama Butterfly'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin examines the way in which certain operas change and grow on us as time passes. He remembers how Madama Butterfly changed for him.
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Five Lessons the Orchestra Can Learn from Museums

Friday, March 18, 2016

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Leon Botstein, president of Bard and director of the ASO, discusses how his new project, The Orchestra Now, is looking at the visual arts to rethink the role of the symphony orchestra.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 2

Friday, March 18, 2016

In the second half of his series looking at today's top young opera singers, Fred Plotkin unveils the names of 25 of his favorite upcoming female vocalists.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares forty opera singers who merit your attention. In the first of two articles, he lists fifteen of his favorite male singers.
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When Struggling Songbirds Set Social Media Atwitter

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares his advice for younger generation opera singers about social media.
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Anthony Roth Costanzo Buffs Up and Bares All at ENO

Monday, March 07, 2016

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Anthony Roth Costanzo explains the physical transformation he underwent to take on the role of the Egyptian pharoah Akhnaten, and shares exclusive photos of his exposed performance.
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Somewhere Project Finds a Sense of Place and Purpose

Monday, March 07, 2016

Carnegie Hall's ambitious Somewhere Project culminated in an impassioned performance of "West Side Story" in Queens.
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Champion of Early Music, Dies at 86

Sunday, March 06, 2016

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The Austrian conductor who revolutionized the Baroque music movement before moving into later eras of the classical music repertoire, passed away at home on March 5.
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The Fabric of Memory: Preserving Met Opera History

Friday, March 04, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin traces the history of the Metropolitan Opera archives and touches upon the importance of preserving institutional memories.
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Seven Women Conductors Who Deserve Attention

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

In honor of Women's History Month, here are seven young female conductors, who are making history with their successes on the podium.
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Sarasota Opera: Parma on the Gulf of Mexico

Monday, February 29, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin visits Sarasota, Florida and reports on its rich culture and opera music scene.
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Somewhere Project Brings Bernstein's Music to Boroughs

Monday, February 29, 2016

For its 125th anniversary, Carnegie Hall used "West Side Story" to inspire teens to write their own music and lyrics. A series of Neighborhood concerts showcased the results. 
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