Cecilia Bartoli to Sing Maria in 'West Side Story'

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Italian opera star will sing the role of Maria in a new production of West Side Story at its 2016 edition.
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Weird: Richard Wagner Fans See His Face in a Mountain in Germany

Friday, May 22, 2015

Richard Wagner, who was born 202 years ago on Friday, is being celebrated in an unusual way in his native Germany.
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Should Vocal Recitalists Stop Providing Printed Translations of Songs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
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2015 Summer Preview: Opera and Song Picks

Friday, May 15, 2015

As the big opera houses conclude main seasons, smaller opera companies are rolling out their summer plans. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin offers a selection of highlights.
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Met Opera Ends Its Season Licking Its Wounds and Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Despite financial woes and the lingering effects of labor strife, there was a great deal to admire musically the past Met Opera season, writes Fred Plotkin.
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La Scala and Milan Embrace the World

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A food-themed World's Fair is underway in Milan, Italy. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the musical highs and lows, including new offerings at La Scala.
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Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
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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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