Make Music New York Takes Opera to the Streets

Monday, June 20, 2011

With the broader context of opera in public spaces, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at three very different operatic happenings courtesy of Tuesday's Make Music New York festivities.

Read More

Comments [6]

The Naumburg Bandshell: A New York Icon

Monday, June 20, 2011

Have you ever been to a free concert at The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park? If you haven’t, you should plan to go before the summer is over. It’s one of most unique experiences New York has to offer.

Read More

Comments [7]

How Do You Cast an Actress Like Maria?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

As Tony Award winner Tyne Daly makes her return to Broadway as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's biographical drama, "Master Class," Fred Plotkin considers the many actresses who have portrayed the famous soprano.

Read More

Comments [1]

Bang On: What to Listen for at Sunday's Bang on a Can Festival

Friday, June 17, 2011

In advance of Sunday's annual Bang on a Can concert at the Winter Garden, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti highlights the marathon's operatic offerings.

Read More

Comments [1]

The Mouths (and Not Only) of Babes

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Riccardo Muti concluded his five-year tenure as the artistic director of the Pfingstfestspiele (Whitsun) Festival in Salzburg on June 13 by playing one of his strong suits: the music of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842). Muti has been a leading interpreter and champion of the Florence-born composer who is most famous for his opera, Medea

Read More

Comments [8]

The Music that Makes Ulysses

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In honor of Bloomsday, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti examines three key operatic moments in Ulysses.

Read More

Comment

Unsung Singers (Part Two): Vivica Genaux

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On WQX-Aria, blogger Fred Plotkin claims a special feeling for the mezzo-soprano voices. "There is a warmth and sensuality to middle range voices (including the baritone) that exerts a special appeal." Alaska-born mezzo Vivica Genaux is in a case in point.

Read More

Comments [7]

'I Thought This Was an Opera Shop'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

With the disappearance of Lincoln Center's Barnes & Noble, the Metropolitan Opera Shop is quickly becoming the only game in town for classical and opera CDs. One problem, as WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti notes: They have dramatically cut back on selling CDs. 

Read More

Comments [38]

In a School of 'Fame,' an Awakening of Renaissance Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LaGuardia High School, best known as the school upon which the movie and TV show "Fame" was based, is about to get its first Renaissance music club. Kids will learn instruments like the crumhorn and recorder.

Read More

Comments [5]

A Forgotten Operatic Tale of Figaro Returns After 176 Years

Monday, June 13, 2011

From Salzburg, Fred Plotkin reports on a revival of I Due Figaro, a forgotten operatic tale of Figaro, the character famously popularized by Mozart and Rossini. This one, however, comes via "a production without imagination."

Read More

Comments [4]

In Greenwich, Le Cocteau d'Or

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reporting from Connecticut, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Cocteau-inspired Greenwich Music Festival. It included a remarkable performance by the blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin.

Read More

Comment

Deborah Voigt's New Chapter

Thursday, June 09, 2011

As megawatt soprano Deborah Voigt prepares to sing Schoenberg with the Philharmonic and Irving Berlin with Glimmerglass, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders if the diva may be exploring a new chapter of her career.

Read More

Comments [1]

The Great(?) Outdoors

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've sung plenty of outdoor gigs (including WQXR's appearance last summer at the "Play Me I'm Yours" piano near Columbus Circle, where the video producer was kind enough to cut away at the point when I nearly tripped over a tree root in mid "Amour!"). Outdoor performances proliferate in summer -- and so do the hazards that come with them.

Read More

Comments [2]

Five by Fiedler

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

In the wake of recent news about Johanna Fiedler's untimely death, WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at some of the author and former Met press rep's operatic zingers in Molto Agitato.

Read More

Comments [2]

Magnificent Maestros: The Right and Left Hand of God

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

To be a great maestro, less is more, writes Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria. "The best conductors sort out almost all of the stylistic and musical issues in rehearsal, leaving themselves and musicians free to just play and breathe spontaneously."

Read More

Comments [7]

James Levine Gets The PBS Treatment

Monday, June 06, 2011

Last week, PBS aired a program in its American Masters series called James Levine: America's Maestro. The show included great footage showing how James Levine gets the results he does from his musicians, and interesting insights from some of the people who work with him. If you missed it, you can watch it online, through June 16.

Read More

Comment

Backstage with Two Boys

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have always relished the feeling of being “backstage.” There’s a crazy lovely thing that happens when you get to feel a sort of ownership for a huge historical building or site, be it a concert hall, a cathedral or a museum. When I was a little kid, I spent the summers at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, where my parents taught. This was a Tanglewood more or less unchanged from the days of Koussevitzky, where Bernstein and Copland were to be found eating in the cafeteria, and where Seiji Ozawa could be found zooming around in his sports car.

Read More

Comments [1]

Listening Room: Historic Live Performances from the Met

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Experiencing the Met's radio broadcasts is no longer an ephemeral experience, writes blogger Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria. The Met, along with Sony, has begun to take some jewels out of the vault, including recordings of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner operas.

Read More

Comments [13]

Opera Feroce Concocts a Pastry-Like Pasticcio

Friday, June 03, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at Opera Feroce's upcoming production of Amor & Psyche, operatic pasticcio and entrepreneurial singers.

Read More

Comment

Two Unsung Singers: Anna Caterina Antonacci and Daniela Barcellona

Thursday, June 02, 2011

At the moment, there are few top Italian female singers known to international audiences, writes Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria. But two getting fresh attention and are well worth hearing: Anna Caterina Antonacci and Daniela Barcellona.

Read More

Comments [2]