Dressed to Kill: Are Opera Audiences Becoming Too Casual?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Which is more disrespectful: booing during a performance or dressing like you're there to mow the lawn? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers changing rules of etiquette.
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Metropolitan Opera Cuts 22 Administrative Jobs

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera says it is cutting nine percent of its administrative staff in order to save money.
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The Met Opera's Cheap-Seat Program Goes Online

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera said on Thursday that it is moving its rush ticket program online this season, so that patrons will no longer have to physically wait in line.
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Does Booing at La Scala Ruin the Show?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tenor Roberto Alagna has decided not to return to La Scala this November. The reason: he did not want to endure the catcalls of the loggionisti, Fred Plotkin weighs in.
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Opera As One Explores Gender Change, Identity Struggles

Friday, September 05, 2014

A new opera by Laura Kaminsky looks at a transgender woman coming to terms with herself and her world. David Patrick Stearns reviews the premiere.
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Franz Welser-Möst Quits as Vienna State Opera Music Director

Friday, September 05, 2014

The conductor Franz Welser-Möst is resigning as music director of the Vienna State Opera, citing artistic differences with the company’s director, Dominique Meyer.
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Planet Opera: Performances Not to Miss in the 2014-2015 Season

Thursday, September 04, 2014

For the intrepid opera fan, there should be plenty to savor this season. Here are ten global cities (including one tour) featuring notable performances.
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Why Deals with Unions Won't End Met Opera's Challenges

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The labor deals that the Metropolitan Opera and 16 of its unions tentatively reached last month meant that a lockout was averted. But its financial travails have not vanished.
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Placido Domingo Closing Act at London iTunes Festival

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
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Planet Opera: Going to the Sources

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One can learn a lot about operas by going to the cities where they are set. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's Rome, Carmen's Seville and the natural world of Wagner.
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Is There Anything Sound about Sound Design?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes, "There is a euphemism I don’t much care for: Sound Design." Here's why.
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Patrice Chéreau’s Testament

Friday, August 22, 2014

Patrice Chéreau was one of the few directors equally adept with spoken theater, film and opera. Fred Plotkin considers his last opera production.
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Met Opera, Remaining Unions Reach Contract Deals

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has now reached tentative labor agreements with all of its remaining unions.
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Met Opera and Stagehands Reach a Deal, Allowing Season to Open on Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera and the stagehands union have reached a deal on a new contract, ending the prospect of a work stoppage and assuring that the fall season will get underway.
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Has There Ever Been a Music of the Future?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After Wagner espoused "The Music of the Future," the Italian Futurist movement glorified speed and industry. Do these qualities make good art?
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The Terms: Unions Make Concessions, Met Opera Agrees to Oversight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera won't comment on the terms of the contracts reached with its two largest unions. But sources with the unions have been sharing details.
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Licia Albanese and Richard Tucker in All-Puccini Program

Monday, August 18, 2014

In memory of Licia Albanese, who died last week, we've uncovered this gem from the archives: an all-Puccini concert featuring Albanese with the tenor Richard Tucker.
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Met Opera Reaches Tentative Deals With Two Largest Unions

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with its unionized orchestra musicians, singers, dancers and directors, following an all-night bargaining session.
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Metropolitan Opera Labor Dispute: Ongoing Coverage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Met says it has reached contract agreements with with singers and orchestra members and extends the deadline to negotiate with stagehands.

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Licia Albanese, Soprano Who Specialized in Puccini Roles, Dies at 105

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Licia Albanese, an opera singer whose Puccini and Verdi interpretations came to symbolize for a generation the sound of an Italian soprano, died on Friday.

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