What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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X-Rays Reveal Censored Ending of Cherubini Opera

Sunday, June 16, 2013

After more than 200 years in obscurity, the last unreadable pages of an opera by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini have been deciphered with the help of one of the most advanced X-ray machines on the planet.

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Letts Do It: Little Latvia Packs a Big Musical Punch

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes of the State Choir of Latvia which he heard while attending a concert at Lucern, Switzerland.

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Eric Einhorn's On Site Opera Brings Blue Monday to The Cotton Club

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore caught up with On Site Opera's artistic director for a conversation about this weekend's run of Blue Monday at the Cotton Club.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: How Opera Speaks to Our Deepest Selves

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's thoughts on relevance in opera in an art form that is constantly being reframed in a world where events unfold at an accelerated rate.

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Review: Cecilia Bartoli is Fierce and Mercurial in Bellini's Norma

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli brings a "four-hankie" performance to Bellini's doomed priestess in a new recording.

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La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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Long Delayed, Kenneth Branagh's 'The Magic Flute' Arrives in the US

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.

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La Scala Names New General Manager

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

La Scala's board of directors has named the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival Alexander Pereira as the opera house's new general manager.

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Planet Opera: Philadelphia for Operavores

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.

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New York Grand Opera Company Cancels Central Park Season, Citing Weather

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New York Grand Opera Company has scrapped its two summer opera performances in Central Park, citing the weather.

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Voices of Summer

Friday, May 31, 2013

"There has been a stunning revival of opera in unusual places this year, much of it in spring and summer, a period when opera offerings were once meager," writes Fred Plotkin. Here are a few highlights.

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Spring Awakening: Activity at NYC's Small Opera Companies

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.

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La Scala Scales Back on Productions Due to Crisis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy's economic crisis, the theater's general manager said.

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Planet Opera: A San Francisco Treat

Friday, May 24, 2013

"You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco has a lot to like," writes Fred Plotkin. Along with its food, art, weather, sports and other virtues, that includes great opera.

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History's Most Notorious Lover Emerges in Theater and Song

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Giacomo Variations, a “chamber opera play” starring John Malkovich as the legendary lover, will have its US premiere. Marion Lignana Rosenberg reports.

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Richard Wagner, Love Him or Hate Him?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses the question that that he is asked most often: “How/why can you like Wagner?” The answer: It's complicated.

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Metropolitan Opera Says it Has Disbanded its Ballet Corps

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's resident ballet company is no more. The company has decided to disband the troupe, which has been dwindling in numbers, from 16 in 2011 to 8 presently.

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Review: James Levine, Wheelchair-Bound, Returns from 2-Year Absence

Monday, May 20, 2013

After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.

 

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Why are Opera Fans so Fascinated with James Levine?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The hardest-working maestro in show business returned to the podium on Sunday after a two-year absence. We look at why opera fans are so intrigued with James Levine.

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