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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How Opera Productions are Revived

Friday, July 24, 2015

three-quarters of the operas at the Met next season will be productions from the past, including Wagner's Tannhäuser. Fred Plotkin looks at the art of the revival.
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Performing Opera, Italianamente

Monday, July 20, 2015

There's a spontaneity in Italian culture that emphasizes usefulness, durability and beauty, writes Fred Plotkin. There's also fatalism, which underlies Italy's greatest operas.
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Two Mercedes Once Owned by Maria Callas Head for Sale in Monaco

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Two Mercedes Benz 600 limousines once belonging to Maria Callas are to lead the sale of vehicle collection at the French auction house Artcurial on Monday.
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Soprano Reri Grist Tells of a Life of Adventures

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Reri Grist was part of the second generation of black opera singers who followed Marian Anderson's breakthrough at the Met in 1955.
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Is This the Future of Surtitles at the Opera?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

High-tech "augmented reality" opera glasses that project surtitles in one's native language have made their debut at the Avignon Festival in France.
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Defending Donizetti

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gaetano Donizetti, one of the greatest opera composers of all, has his share of haters, discovers Fred Plotkin. He considers the roots of the image problem.
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Bard Reviving Ethel Smyth's Forgotten Opera

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leon Botstein talks to the Associate Press about this 1906 opera and his crusade to revive all-but-forgotten works.
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Plan to Sell off NYC Opera's Name Is Withdrawn

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The decision by the defunct opera company's board follows months of legal maneuvers between two bidders who both hope to revive the company.
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Armed Robbery the Latest Trouble for Greek National Opera

Monday, July 13, 2015

Even as Greece clinched a preliminary bailout deal with its European creditors, the country's major opera house has been facing increasingly an increasingly tough fiscal picture.
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Could English National Opera Chief's Tumultuous Exit Impact the Met Opera?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

After John Berry's departure, perhaps no U.S. opera manager will be watching the ENO's future more closely than Peter Gelb. 
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Canada-Born Dramatic Tenor Jon Vickers Dies at 88

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, has died. He was 88.
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The Many Trees of Opera

Friday, July 10, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin examines the iconic tree imagery throughout the history of Opera.
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Remembering James S. Marcus

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The New York philanthropist who was a passionate supporter of classical music, opera and the vocal arts dies at 85.
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