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Dining Democratically at the Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

How do restaurant offerings at opera houses stack up? Fred Plotkin has a taste, and says that "the goal should be to eat festively, comfortably and to prepare for a special night."
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Review: Handel's Semele Comes to BAM With Ming Dynasty Temple. And Sumo Wrestlers.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews this production by the Canadian Opera Company.
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Jonas Kaufmann Joins Carmen Sick List at Metropolitan Opera

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his Wednesday performance as Don José in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.
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Baritone Quinn Kelsey Wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quinn Kelsey, a baritone from Hawaii, has won the Beverly Sills Award, an annual $50,000 prize given by the Metropolitan Opera to young singers.
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The Wow Factor

Friday, February 27, 2015

There is a certain kind of “how did she do that?!” wow that voice cultists discuss when they hear sopranos hit a high F. Here are some other examples.
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Korean Opera Chief Resigns After 53 Days on The Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ye-jin Han, the director of the Korean National Opera, has stepped down after only 53 days on the job.
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Changes at Palm Beach Opera Bear Fruit

Monday, February 23, 2015

At a time in which there are so many stories of challenge for small opera companies, Palm Beach Opera appears to have successfully reinvented itself, writes Fred Plotkin.
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New Season, New Hopes at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fred Plotkin reviews the 2015-16 season announcement from the Metropolitan Opera and finds a lot to like.
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Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
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Mozart's Multicultural Opera Opens in Paris

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mozart's "Orientalist" opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio" recently opened in Paris. As Fred Plotkin writes, it avoided an agit-prop juxtaposition of cultural clash.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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The Five Worst Dates in Opera

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Missed connections, awkward encounters and flat out bad dates – welcome to the world of opera.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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Dallas Opera Sets Out Welcome Mat to Women Conductors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To put it in homespun Texas terms, male conductors are as common as cornbread. Women on major podiums remain a far scarcer sight.
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Channelling Memories: Opera in 1970s Paris and London

Monday, February 09, 2015

As opera capitals, Paris and London had their ups and downs in the 1970s, but at their best they offered cheap tickets and top talent, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Opera Company Adds Nudity to Salome, Stirring Uproar

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A staging of Richard Strauss's "Salome" is causing controversy after the company decided to add nudity to the climactic "Dance of the Seven Veils."
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Promoting Access for All

Thursday, February 05, 2015

For a person with physical disabilities, getting to the opera can pose particular challenges. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers some tips for those who are less mobile.
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Anti-Putin Protester Takes the Stage at Metropolitan Opera

Friday, January 30, 2015

An anti-Vladimir Putin protester who took the stage at the Metropolitan Opera has been at the center of previous political demonstrations.
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Review: A Strange Night at the Metropolitan Opera's Bluebeard and Iolanta

Friday, January 30, 2015

With an on-stage protester and a hallucinatory staging of Bluebeard's Castle, a night at the Metropolitan Opera becomes unsettling, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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The Russians Are Here: NYC's Passionate Concert-Goers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Russian speakers from the former USSR are a very important part of New York’s audience for opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin considers the roots of their passion.
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