Of Dress Codes and Social Codes at the Opera

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fred Plotkin discusses the issue of dress codes at the opera and how self-expression and respect for certain traditions are not mutually exclusive.
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Review: Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier' at The Met Opera

Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert Carsen's production of “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Met receives a divided reaction in what may also be Renée Fleming’s farewell to the opera stage.
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Can America Keep Pace With European Opera?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fred Plotkin attempts to answer a question that he is frequently asked by international opera-goers: Why there are so many more stars and opera productions in Europe?
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The Life of Apple Founder Steve Jobs Is Becoming an Opera

Monday, April 10, 2017

Composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell have created the opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” about the life of the Apple computer founder. It premieres in July in Santa Fe.
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Alberto Zedda: Rossini’s Best Friend

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Operavore's Fred Plotkin remembers conductor Alberto Zedda, who passed away March 6 and who boosted Gioachino Rossini as one of the great opera composers.
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Review: Respighi 'La Campana Sommersa' Presented Without High-Concept Apologies

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ottorino Respighi's obscure opera 'La Campana Sommersa' (The Sunken Bell) has 'had a surprisingly convincing revival by the New York City Opera' writes reviewer David Patrick Stearns.
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Catching Up With Tenor Fabio Armiliato

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fred Plotkin sits down with Fabio Armiliato as the tenor prepares for his New York return to City Opera in the role of Enrico in Ottorino Respighi’s "La Campana Sommersa."
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Celebrating Arturo Toscanini at 150

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Arturo Toscanini looms large over opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin writes of the exacting maestro on his 150th birth anniversary.
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Composer and Conductor Anton Coppola at 100: Fortissimo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Composer and conductor Anton Coppola, uncle of film director Francis, turns one hundred years old today. Fred Plotkin visited Coppola in his Manhattan apartment recently.
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Review: LoftOpera's 'Otello' by Rossini Rewards With Three Fine Tenors

Friday, March 17, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews LoftOpera's production of the seldom produced, undervalued opera, in what is said to be the first New York staging in 40 years.
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6 Irish Opera Singers You Should Know

Friday, March 17, 2017

Deborah Kelleher, the director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, shares some of her picks for outstanding new Irish singers with Opravore's Fred Plotkin.
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Writing an Opera About Writer Reinaldo Arenas

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

'Before Night Falls' is the autobiography of Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas. It was first adapted as a film and then as an opera in 2010, which sees a run this week in Miami.
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Finding Truth at the Opera in Washington

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Plenty of epic drama in Washington, D.C., writes Fred Plotkin, who attended performances that riveted audiences at Washington National Opera and Washington Concert Opera.
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Singing in English With Tenor Paul Appleby

Friday, March 03, 2017

Fred Plotkin interviews the multi-lingual tenor Paul Appleby before his New York recital on March 5 featuring “On this Island,” a song cycle by Benjamin Britten. 
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How Vocal Health Can Make or Break a Singer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fred Plotkin discusses how singers struggle to maintain vocal health and shares advice from Dr. Anthony F. Jahn, the Met Opera's volunteer medical director.
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In Opera, Artistry Matters More Than Size

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"For opera to be compelling on our stages, we should not care about thinking big or thinking small," writes Fred Plotkin. "We must think creatively."
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An Analysis of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 Season

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin breaks down the Metropolitan Opera's new season announcement.
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Singular Voices: Leontyne Price

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fred Plotkin remembers the career of and his experiences with Leontyne Price and her singular voice on her 90th birthday.
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Opera More Than Ever: Unusual Works to Discover in 2017-2018

Monday, February 06, 2017

It's the time of year when opera companies start to announce their new seasons. And there are plenty of new operas to experience in the next year, writes Fred Plotkin.
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The Met's New-Generation 'Rusalka' Meets the Current Mermaid Zeitgeist

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Dvořák's "Rusalka" had some significant odds to overcome at its Thursday opening, writes David Patrick Stearns in his review.
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