The Art of Staying Awake at the Opera

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the Sandman arrives while you are watching an opera, but there are ways to keep him at bay, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Sydney Icon Remains a Draw, Though Not Necessarily For Opera Fans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In recent years, Opera Australia has taken a “modernize or die” approach to productions, casting and repertory. But while ticket sales have increased, opera is only part of the picture.
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Jamie Barton to Replace Elina Garanca in Metropolitan Opera's 'Anna Bolena'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The company has said that the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will play Giovanna Seymour in its upcoming run of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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Beau, Beau, Beaumarchais from dell’Arte Opera

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at dell’Arte Opera's August repertory entirely drawn from the writings of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
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The Musician Portraits of John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin digs into a new Metropolitan Museum John Singer Sargent exhibit and discovers many of his portraits of notable musicians from the time.
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Metropolitan Opera Promotes Mary Jo Heath to New Radio Host

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the U.S.
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Watch: Opera Singer Performs During His Own Brain Surgery

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joined by a pianist in the operating room, tenor Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne delivers the first and last couplets of Schubert's "Gute Nacht" while undergoing surgery.
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Review: Ravishing 'Written on Skin' Delivers Creepy Violence But to What End?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin arrived with many international endorsements but Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns was not among the enraptured at Tuesday's opening.
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The Eternal Appeal of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Monday, August 10, 2015

"The Magic Flute" is a bread-and-butter opera that audiences seem glad to return to or buy tickets for if they have never heard it. Fred Plotkin considers its staying power.
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Watch: 5 Opera Gems from the AP's Huge New YouTube Archive

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last month, the Associated Press uploaded more than 550,000 video clips onto YouTube covering news events dating back to 1895. Here are 5 opera highlights.
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Tenor Fractures Spine After Stage Platform Collapses at Puccini Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2015

A stage platform collapsed near the end of a performance of Turandot on Friday night at the Puccini Festival in Italy, seriously injuring the tenor Marco Voleri.
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Across the U.S., Puccini's 'Tosca' Remains Insanely Popular

Friday, August 07, 2015

Among the two most ubiquitous works in upcoming opera seasons are Tosca and Die Zauberflöte. In the first of a two-part series, Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's popularity.
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Steve Jobs, the Opera, Coming to Santa Fe in 2017

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that its latest commission will be based on the technology pioneer.
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Someone's Cooking at the Opera

Monday, August 03, 2015

When opera singers or actors are called on to cook on stage, their job suddenly gets far more complicated – whether it's frying bacon or cleaning a fish.
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Review: Andrea Bocelli Falls Short on Puccini's 'Turandot'

Sunday, August 02, 2015

"This is a misguided undertaking," writes Mike Silverman, "exposing the folly of even the most expert pop vocalist trying to pose as an opera singer."
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The Expo Effect: Why New York Needs Big Cultural Initiatives

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York City desperately needs to make real its sense of being the most consequential metropolis in the world, writes Fred Plotkin. This can happen through major arts projects.
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Metropolitan Opera Drops Free Simulcast at Lincoln Center; Adds to Times Square

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera has said that it will no longer host a free opening night simulcast on Lincoln Center Plaza. More seats are coming to Times Square, however.
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Jonas Kaufmann: 'Please Do Not Be Deceived by This Album'

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The tenor Jonas Kaufmann has issued an unusual warning, telling fans not to buy an upcoming release of Puccini arias from his former label.
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Metropolitan Opera Targets TV Sets, Launching Roku Channel

Monday, July 27, 2015

The opera house on Monday announced a new channel on Roku, the system that allows you to stream Internet video through your television.
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Bayreuth's Wagner Festival Kicks off with 150th Anniversary 'Tristan'

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bayreuth's annual opera festival is kicking off with a new production of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde by the composer's great-granddaughter, festival director Katharina Wagner.
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