After 70 Years, New York City Opera Prepares its Final Bow

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New York City Opera is expected to file for bankruptcy Wednesday, after failing to raise $7 million. We look back at what New Yorkers are losing as the 70-year-company closes its curtains.

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Salzburg Festival Could See Fewer Performances

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Salzburg Festival's next artistic director has an ear for his singers' and musicians' complaints - he wants to cut down on performances at the prestigious annual event.

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Planet Opera: At the Salzburg Festival, A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Salzburg Festival named a new director this week. Fred Plotkin takes the occasion to consider why the town of Salzburg is about much more than just the Von Trapps and Mozart.

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New York City Opera Board Plans for Bankruptcy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Like the heroine of its season-opening production of Anna Nicole, New York City Opera is desperately in need of a rich sugar daddy – or several – to survive. But that prospect looks increasingly dim.

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Review: James Levine Makes Solid Return in Met's Cosi fan tutte

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Light, swift and cogent were the watchwords in a performance that felt rather shorter than its three-and-a-half hour duration," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Review: Amid Protests and Gowns, Met Opens Season with Eugene Onegin

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Before the first notes of Eugene Onegin, shouts rained down from the Family Circle of the Metropolitan Opera, with the word "Putin" surfacing often. David Patrick Stearns reports.

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'Half Hour, Ladies and Gentlemen'

Monday, September 23, 2013

"In recent years, some of the traditional behaviors of audiences in the 30 minutes before the maestro enters the orchestra pit have fallen into disuse," laments Fred Plotkin.

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Giving Voice to Dolores Claiborne

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bringing a new opera into the world is a daunting task at any time, but Tobias Picker's Stephen King adaptation faced a challenge, potentially fatal, that few works do, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Review: City Opera's Anna Nicole Tells Tabloid Saga

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If applause alone could cure the New York City Opera's financial ills, the company would be in the pink following Tuesday's opening of the Mark-Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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New York City Opera Fights for Survival Using Kickstarter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When New York City Opera turned to Kickstarter as part of an emergency effort to raise $1 million by September 30, it did so against some immense odds.

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Planet Opera: An Opera-Lover's Guide to Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Opera lovers in Washington, DC may not be the most demonstrative around, seldom with a "bravo" or "boo," but they can still recognize the city's rich offerings for fans of classical voice, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Anna Netrebko to Open Third Met Season in a Row

Monday, September 16, 2013

Already one of the most famous singers in the world, Anna Netrebko is about to claim a new title at the Metropolitan Opera: The prima donna is becoming a "three-ma" donna.

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Kennedy Center Honor a Flourish to Martina Arroyo's Remarkable Career

Friday, September 13, 2013

Harlem-born soprano Martina Arroyo was one of five artists nominated for a Kennedy Center honor on Thursday. Fred Plotkin says the award was richly deserved.

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Boston Opera? It's Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Sunday, a new opera company will make its début in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera Casting Details Confirmed

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Madrid's Teatro Real on Thursday announced new details for Charles Wuorinen's long-awaited opera version of Brokeback Mountain.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Cash Crisis Threatens New York City Opera Season

Sunday, September 08, 2013

New York City Opera will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of next season if it does not raise $20 million by the end of the year, company officials said on Sunday.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Norma: Loved Her, Hated It

Friday, September 06, 2013

"The production and the performances were incredible, unbelievable, singular, unforgettable and many other adjectives that can imply both the state of ultrawonderfulness and ultradreadfulness."

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Contemporary Operas

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Think you know modern operas? Can you tell Glass from Golijov? Test your knowledge of contemporary operas in our quiz.

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Falling In Love Again (with Opera): A Preview of New York's Autumn Opera Events

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.

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