Tenor Ben Heppner Announces His Retirement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ben Heppner, one of the leading Wagnerian tenors of the modern era, says he is closing the curtain on his 35-year operatic career.

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Throwback Thursday: Kathleen Ferrier (#tbt)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past. Today, it's English contralto Kathleen Ferrier, whose life and career was cut tragically short.

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Planet Opera: Opera in Chicago Avoids Troubles Seen Elsewhere

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.

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Photos: Rafael Nadal Takes Court at Barcelona's Liceu Opera

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for an unusual promotional event.

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

Monday, April 21, 2014

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Throwback Thursday: Alexander Kipnis (#tbt)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. This week we throw it back to Russian bass Alexander Kipnis.

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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of opera singer Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert. Listen to a 1974 interview with Anderson on WQXR.

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Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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