The Vienna State Opera: Mission Possible

Friday, February 12, 2016

How does the Vienna State Opera manage fifty operas and ten ballets a year at a third of the budget of the Met? Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts.
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Waltzing Through Ball Season in Vienna

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin attends the Opera Ball held in Vienna this year and describes how checking off this "bucket list" item was a dream come true.
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Finding Peace in Salzburg

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ten years after his first report from Mozart Woche, Fred Plotkin explains what has and hasn't changed in the city at what can be described as a Mozart bonanza fest.
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The Enigmas of Turandot

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains the many layers of enigmas within Turandot, including those in the plot and those in the characters.
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LA Opera Highlights Living Composers in 2016-2017 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
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Plácido Domingo: An Appreciation of a Man of Many Parts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin pays tribute to Plácido Domingo who at present has performed 145 different operatic parts in over 3700 performances.
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To Bis or Not to Bis: Should Encores Be Permitted During Operas?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

To 'Bis' or not to 'Bis', that is the question that Fred Plotkin asks in this blog post for Operavore.
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Taking a Stand on Music Stands

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin tackles the thorny question of music stand use during high-profile recitals.
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David Bowie's 7 Close Encounters with Opera

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Though his only realized theatrical work was the recent "Lazarus" musical, produced by New York Theater Workshop, Bowie did have several close encounters with opera.
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Review: Prototype Festival Operas Challenge with Minimalism and Intensity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two operas opened this past weekend at the Prototype Festival. Both focus with minimalism on intense subject matter. One does so with great effect, the other misses its mark.
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The Indian Subcontinent in European Opera

Friday, January 08, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's looks at European operas that are set in South Asia in this follow up column on the influences of East on West and West on East.
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West Meets East: Opera and Classical Music in South Asia

Monday, January 04, 2016

In musically rich south Asia, Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin asks where one can find western opera and what other traditions serve the opera curious.
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Review: Met Opera's 'Les Pêcheurs de Perles'

Friday, January 01, 2016

Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns attended the New Year's Eve performance of The Pearl Fishers which returned to the Met after a century.
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Leonie Rysanek, 20 Years After Her Met Farewell

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Twenty years after Leonie Rysanek gave her final performance at the Met, Fred Plotkin remembers the artist he misses most.
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And to All a Good Night: Great Singers, Great Christmas Music

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fred Plotkin unearths some of his favorite (and unfamiliar) holiday musical selections by some of his favorite singers.
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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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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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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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