How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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A Makeover For 'Aïda?' Revisiting a Met Repertory Staple

Friday, April 17, 2015

When should an opera production be retired and when should it be revisited and improved? Fred Plotkin gives Verdi's "Aida" a checkup.
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Renée Fleming Sends Up Opera World in 'Living on Love'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming—who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even a Super Bowl — is opening next week on the Broadway. She spoke with Elliott Forrest backstage.
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Review: Met Opera's New 'Cav/Pag' Features Double Dose of Love and Death

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Graceful 'An American in Paris' Has Pizazz and Heart

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The exuberant new musical is helmed with panache by top director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, writes the Associated Press.
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Sneak Peak Video: George Gagnidze Sings Prologue to 'Pagliacci'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A new double bill production of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" is set to open at the Met this Tuesday. Watch the prologue of "Pagliacci," recorded in The Greene Space.
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at the Opera

Friday, April 10, 2015

There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at the Met.
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Desert Island Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Monday, April 06, 2015

"If it is to the desert island that I must sail (and Wagner's 'Ring' has been disqualified), I would take Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' with me," writes Fred Plotkin.
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With Placido Domingo Ill, Luca Salsi Sings Met Doubleheader

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Salsi had a quick phone chat with Met music director James Levine, got in costume and went on stage in time for Don Carlo's first-act entrance.
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Sweden Uses Science to Create a Future Generation of Opera Singers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Clones of Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling and other Swedish opera singers? You read it here first.
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Russian Theater Director Fired Over Wagner Production

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.
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Is Stockholm Ready for a New Opera House?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sweden is the last Nordic country without a gleaming new opera house. Fred Plotkin considers whether this country renowned for its design can pull one off.
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Audra McDonald Takes to Twitter to Criticize Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

Friday, March 27, 2015

Audra McDonald has taken to Twitter to sharply criticize Indiana's new law that allows businesses the right to deny service to gays and lesbians.
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Opera World Mourns Germanwings Plane Crash Victims

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The opera world is mourning the loss of Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak, the two singers who were among the 150 victims of Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash.
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Scratch-and-Win to Support Opera Companies?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An interesting option to help nonprofit arts organizations with particular needs is through a state or federal lottery, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.
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Met Opera Names 2015 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The largest talent contest in American opera, the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday, yielding five winners from nine finalists.
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Met Museum's Marble Statues 'Star' in New Opera

Friday, March 20, 2015

The marble statues in the Met Museum's Vélez Blanco Patio are the stars of a new site-specific "video opera" based on La Celestina.
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In Opera, If the Shoe Fits...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are reasons why opera singers need practical shoes, from daunting stage steps to sexy legs and short tenors. Fred Plotkin considers the role of footwear in opera.
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Should New York City Opera Be Revived?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is there a future for the New York City Opera or should it just be left to blessed memory? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the current efforts to revive the company's name.
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NYC Opera Suitors Seek to Establish Themselves with Star-Filled Gala

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New York City Opera Renaissance held a star-filled gala tribute to the late conductor Julius Rudel at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater Monday night.
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