Is There Anything Sound about Sound Design?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes, "There is a euphemism I don’t much care for: Sound Design." Here's why.
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Patrice Chéreau’s Testament

Friday, August 22, 2014

Patrice Chéreau was one of the few directors equally adept with spoken theater, film and opera. Fred Plotkin considers his last opera production.
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Met Opera, Remaining Unions Reach Contract Deals

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has now reached tentative labor agreements with all of its remaining unions.
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Met Opera and Stagehands Reach a Deal, Allowing Season to Open on Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera and the stagehands union have reached a deal on a new contract, ending the prospect of a work stoppage and assuring that the fall season will get underway.
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Has There Ever Been a Music of the Future?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After Wagner espoused "The Music of the Future," the Italian Futurist movement glorified speed and industry. Do these qualities make good art?
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The Terms: Unions Make Concessions, Met Opera Agrees to Oversight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera won't comment on the terms of the contracts reached with its two largest unions. But sources with the unions have been sharing details.
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Licia Albanese and Richard Tucker in All-Puccini Program

Monday, August 18, 2014

In memory of Licia Albanese, who died last week, we've uncovered this gem from the archives: an all-Puccini concert featuring Albanese with the tenor Richard Tucker.
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Met Opera Reaches Tentative Deals With Two Largest Unions

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with its unionized orchestra musicians, singers, dancers and directors, following an all-night bargaining session.
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Metropolitan Opera Labor Dispute: Ongoing Coverage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Met says it has reached contract agreements with with singers and orchestra members and extends the deadline to negotiate with stagehands.

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Licia Albanese, Soprano Who Specialized in Puccini Roles, Dies at 105

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Licia Albanese, an opera singer whose Puccini and Verdi interpretations came to symbolize for a generation the sound of an Italian soprano, died on Friday.

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In Search of Richard Strauss in Bavaria

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With this being the Strauss anniversary year, blogger Fred Plotkin tracked down some of the composer's haunts in Munich, and got access to his villa in nearby Garmisch.

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Met Opera Opening Night: Poplavskaya Out, Majeski In

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has pulled out of the opening-night production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The American soprano Amanda Majeski will replace her as Countess Almaviva.

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Planet Opera: Munich

Friday, August 08, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains why he thinks the best opera festival in the world is at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Bayreuth

Monday, August 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Wagner's influences on Bayreuth.

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Should This Historic Opera Venue Get a Roof?

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Arena of Verona, one of the most iconic outdoor opera venues in the world, could be getting a roof. What do you think of the idea?

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What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator in Contract Talks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As part of an eleventh-hour effort to resolve a bitter labor dispute at the Metropolitan Opera, the company has proposed to bring in a federal mediator.

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Planet Opera: Bayreuth's Provocative Vision of Wagner

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After a rocky opening, the Bayreuth Festival is proving its mettle as a place where thought-provoking stagings of Wagner take place. Fred Plotkin reports.

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Met Chorus Outlines Scenarios for a Deal as Lockout Looms

Monday, July 28, 2014

"The likelihood of our getting anywhere on working conditions, on health insurance is perilously close to zero," said a singers' union attorney.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Leading Italian Tenor, Dies at 90

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Italian opera singer Carlo Bergonzi, known as the leading Verdi stylist of his generation, died in Milan on Friday. He was 90.

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