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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Singular Voices: George Michael

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pop singer George Michael passed away on Christmas Day. Fred Plotkin admired Michael's singing and the emotional connections with his audiences during performances.
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Learning Words and Music from the Masters

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fred Plotkin shares that master classes are a great way to learn about the art of singing.
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Opera Stars in Public and in Private

Monday, January 23, 2017

Fred Plotkin remembers his conversations with Roberta Peters and how the private lives of singers serve to fuel their public performances in surprising ways.
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Finding Warmth at the Opera and In Life

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fred Plotkin reflects on the warmth of both weather and character, and of compassion and sacrifice and how these forces of human nature play out in Puccini’s "La Bohème."
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Review: New York City Opera's 'Candide'

Monday, January 09, 2017

The City Opera production of "Candide" delivers lively entertainment showing Bernstein at his best in a circus-cum-vaudeville style production, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Look for illumination and understanding in art and music during these times of great challenge and you will find it, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
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Review: Metropolitan Opera's New 'Romeo et Juliette'

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at the New Year's Eve opening may be the risk of the season, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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