The Metropolitan Opera Season Halftime Show

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tune in at 10pm on Tuesday, Dec. 29, as Metropolitan Opera soprano Debbie Voigt opens a treasury of live performance excerpts from the Met season so far.
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Kurt Masur, Music Director at the NY Phil, Dies at 88

Monday, December 21, 2015

Conductor Kurt Masur, who reinvigorated the New York Philharmonic during an 11-year stint as music director, has died at 88.
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Classical Music's Highs and Lows in 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

In a world of change there were many uplifting moments provided by classical music in 2015. There were also moments of drama and turmoil inside the concert venue as well.
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The Third Annual Excellence in Opera (a. k. a. Freddie) Awards

Friday, December 18, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin honors and acknowledges many of the outstanding and memorable achievements in opera in 2015.
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A Good Year for New Operas

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin comes to the realization that, in the United States, it was a really good year for new opera.
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Sneak Peek: Inside 'The Pearl Fishers' at The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, December 14, 2015

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 18, watch an exclusive sneak peek inside the Met's first production in a century of Bizet’s rarely performed opera, "The Pearl Fishers."
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Retrospective: The Light and Dark Side of John Williams' 'Star Wars' Score

Monday, December 14, 2015

In anticipation of the latest "Star Wars" film, we take a look back at some of the iconic themes present in John Williams' score.
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Classical Music in Unexpected Venues Such As ... A Harlem Crypt?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New York's alternative venues include Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. We can now add The Crypt Sessions from the Church of the Intercession at 155th Street and Broadway to the list.
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Wexford Festival Opera: Journey into the Unknown

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The central mission of the Wexford festival since its 1951 founding, writes Operavore's Fred Plotkin, has been to unearth works that have not been heard since their creation.
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Grammys 2016: List of Classical Nominees

Monday, December 07, 2015

The Grammy award nominations for 2016 have been announced. Read about the notable classical artists and recordings and see the full list of nominees.
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Knoxville: Fall of 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015

Inspired by a casting call controversy at the Knoxville Opera, Fred Plotkin looks at the role visuals play in how we listen.
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Music, Paris and Belief in Reason

Monday, November 30, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his thoughts on France, its music and the philosophy of Paris that inspires the world over.
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Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell: Poetry in Need of Music

Monday, November 23, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin discusses the new play "Dear Elizabeth," about love letters between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and makes a proposal.
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The Operatic Class of 1965, Fifty Years On

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the 2015 Metropolitan Opera Guild's annual luncheon honoring artists that made their debut at the Met in 1965.
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6 Videos Indulging Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love of Opera

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's love of opera is well known. Here are six examples of her indulging in opera.
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Xian Zhang Joins New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as Music Director

Monday, November 16, 2015

Xian Zhang will be the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 14th music director starting a four-year term in September 2016.
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Opera Goes to War

Friday, November 13, 2015

From Verdi to Wagner to Prokofiev, opera and musical presentations involving war are abundant writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
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Sir Simon Rattle 'Perspectives' brings Beethoven to Carnegie Hall

Friday, November 13, 2015

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 17 and spanning the week, the full Beethoven cycle arrives in New York as part of a two-year Perspectives series devoted to Rattle’s artistry at Carnegie Hall.
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Skyping Audience Member Disrupts Daniel Hope Performance

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Disruptive mobile device use during classical concerts reached a new level when an audience member began a video Skype session during a Daniel Hope performance.
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Remembering The Met's Richard Horowitz

Monday, November 09, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin remembers the longest-serving employee in the history of the Met, tympanist Richard Horowitz. 
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