Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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Renée Fleming Gives the Super Bowl an Operatic Opening

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clad in a black Vera Wang dress with a flowing white sash – ensuring no wardrobe malfunctions – Fleming was accompanied an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony.

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Renée Fleming Says She Won't Lip-Sync National Anthem

Friday, January 31, 2014

Renée Fleming said in an interview she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn't know how to lip-sync if you paid me."

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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Franco Corelli, Tutto Tenore

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On January 29, two days after a moving ceremony in memory of Claudio Abbado, Teatro alla Scala in Milan honors another artist, Franco Corelli. Fred Plotkin gives an appraisal of the late tenor.

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Top Five Similarities Between Opera and Football

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As the NFL takes over the tri-state area in anticipation of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, the grandiosity of this annual event seemed could be called operatic.

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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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