Video: La Scala Orchestra Plays to Empty Theater in Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Monday, January 27, 2014

A week after the death of Claudio Abbado, tributes continue from various corners of the classical music world.

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Christa Ludwig, Superstar

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Renée Fleming to Sing National Anthem at 2014 Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl will have a touch of the operatic this year: Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem.

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Remembering Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection. 

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Marilyn Horne: The Lioness in Winter

Thursday, January 16, 2014

After a glorious career of singing operas and songs in all styles and from four centuries, Marilyn Horne set up a foundation to keep song recitals alive. Fred Plotkin shares his admiration for Horne at 80.

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New York City Opera Musicians to Reunite for Anniversary Concert

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Three months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors, the company's musicians on Wednesday announced a concert they will produce and play at City Center.

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LA Opera to Give Ghosts of Versailles its West Coast Debut

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The LA Opera will present the West Coast premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles during its 2014-15 season as part of a Figaro Trilogy.

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Was It Worth Observing the Wagner/Verdi/Britten Anniversaries?

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 reinforced certain negative attitudes about the two composers, writes Fred Plotkin. But the Britten centenary was filled with many revelations.

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The Marilyn Horne Matinee

Monday, January 13, 2014

This Thursday, Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano and Operavore show host, celebrates her 80th birthday. In commemoration, hear her signature performances on the Operavore stream.

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Sorry, No Swearing in Met's Fledermaus Broadcast

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Opera fans hoping to get a full taste of the salty language in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Die Fledermaus will have to come to the Met in person.

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Andriana Chuchman to Sub for Anna Netrebko in Met's L'Elisir

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Anna Netrebko has pulled out of the January 9 and 13 performances of L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera. Her replacement will make her company debut.

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Nudists at the Opera

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Fred Plotkin asks: "If there is a potential for audience development among naturists, should arts organizations throw caution (and not only) to the wind and make accommodations on special occasions?"

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Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New Fledermaus is Sprawling, Schticky

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s classic operetta Die Fledermaus bowed on New Year's Eve. David Patrick Stearns writes that this staging was too gussied up.

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Richard Strauss is in the House

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If 2013 was the year of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, the uncontested star of 2014 is Richard Strauss. Fred Plotkin presents a guide to performances around the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Danny Burstein: From Broadway to the Met Opera

Saturday, December 28, 2013

For longtime Broadway actor Danny Burstein, the big challenge in preparing for his Metropolitan Opera debut has been "trying to find the funny."

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Marta Eggerth, 'Callas of the Operetta,' Dies at 101

Friday, December 27, 2013

Marta Eggerth, the Austro-Hungarian operetta star and actress whose performing career lasted well into her late 90s, died on Thursday at her home in Rye, New York. She was 101.

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Orpheus, Descending and Ascending

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In advance of a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers in New York, Fred Plotkin considers the good, the bad and the ugly in Orpheus-inspired operas.

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An Operavore Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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A Conversation with the NEA's Outgoing Opera Chief

Friday, December 20, 2013

In an interview with Fred Plotkin, Wayne S. Brown discusses the place of opera in the U.S. The artform, he says, "creates opportunities for creativity that is frequently embraced by other art forms.”

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12 Pivotal Moments in Opera in 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This was the year of Bellini's Norma, whose title role has even frightened off Renee Fleming and has mostly been a mirage in the operatic past, writes David Patrick Stearns in this look back.

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