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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Winter Wonders in Opera and Vocal Music for the New Year

Sunday, January 01, 2017

In early 2017, New York and cities reachable by train or bus offer splendid and diverse options for lovers of the human voice. Here are Fred Plotkin's picks.
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Silent Nights, Noisy Nights

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the dangerous levels of noise that we experience every day and how we should protect our hearing.
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A Changing of the Guard at the Vienna State Opera

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dominique Meyer, general director of the Vienna State Opera since 2010, was informed that his contract would not be renewed in 2020. 
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The Fourth Annual Excellence in Opera (aka The Freddie) Awards

Monday, December 19, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin honors and acknowledges many of the outstanding and memorable achievements in opera in 2016.
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Italian Lessons in Bologna with Gigliola Frazzoni

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fred Plotkin remembers his teacher, mentor and friend, Gigliola Frazzoni, the Italian opera singer who taught him about opera and Italian in Bologna.
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The Russian Soul of Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Monday, December 12, 2016

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from all scheduled future opera performances to dedicate himself to treatment for a brain tumor. Fred Plotkin explores his artistry.
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French Lessons in Chicago with 'Les Troyens' and 'Don Quichotte'

Monday, December 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin visits Chicago and attends impressive performances of "Les Troyens" and "Don Quichotte" at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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