Top Five Red Carpet Events for Opera Singers

Monday, April 22, 2013

An Academy Awards-like event debuts in London Monday. Whether the "Operas" eclipse some of the prestigious honors already out there for live performance remains to be seen. Here are five notable awards events.

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The Operatic Cheesemonger

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Patrick Watson is both a trained opera singer and co-owner of Stinky Brooklyn, a cheese store in Carroll Gardens. His love of opera and cheese inspires Fred Plotkin to consider the two pursuits.

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Poll: Your Take on the Operavore Show

Friday, April 19, 2013

This January, WQXR launched the Operavore show, our weekly "radio magazine" on the world of opera. As we continue to fine-tune, we'd like to get your input.

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Springtime Reading for Opera Lovers (Part II)

Friday, April 19, 2013

In the second of our two-part survey on new books for Operavores, we spotlight a book on the genesis of 15 great operas.

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A Springtime Reading List for Opera Lovers (Part I)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

With springtime comes a bounty of new books for Operavores. In the first of two posts, we consider new books on urban history and a much-maligned composer’s modernity.

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Rocking the Cradle of Opera: Tough Times for Florence’s Maggio Musicale

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Florence's Maggio Musicale has suffered bombings, floods, managerial inattention and political maneuvering. But recent austerity measures in Italy are especially damaging, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Review: City Opera's Grand, Musically Uneven Moses in Egypt

Monday, April 15, 2013

The ages-old plea, “Let my people go,” took on immediate meaning when Rossini’s Moses in Egypt had concluded its second act and the Israelites were still captive, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard Wins Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 15, 2013

Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano from New York City, has won this year’s Richard Tucker Award, given annually to a promising American opera singer.

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Small NYC Opera Companies Band Together in New Alliance

Saturday, April 13, 2013

There’s a new organization designed to serve New York City’s small, grassroots opera companies and their fans.

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As New York City Opera Seeks New Identity, a Nod to its Past

Friday, April 12, 2013

This Sunday, New York City Opera will perform at City Center on West 55th street for the first time since 1965. The homecoming happens as the company looks to forge a new identity.

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Montserrat Caballé: Ultimate Diva

Friday, April 12, 2013

Montserrat Caballé turns 80 on Friday. Fred Plotkin considers the famed soprano – a sublime bel canto singer, dignified Tosca, notorious canceler and duet partner to Jose Carreras.

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At Columbia University, Great Books to Great Opera

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opera fans are lurking among the student body at Columbia University, writes Fred Plotkin. "Opera companies would be wise to cultivate Columbia students for future audiences."

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Danielle De Niese Subs for Natalie Dessay in Met's Giulio Cesare

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When the soprano Natalie Dessay dropped out before Tuesday night’s performance of Giulio Cesare at the Metropolitan Opera, the company didn’t have to look far for a replacement.

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Feud Between Paul Krugman and Estonian President Now an Operetta

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tired of grumbling about economic austerity? Maybe it's time to sing about it.

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Review: Met's Giulio Cesare Laces Politics with Bollywood Dance

Friday, April 05, 2013

"Reaching the end of Giulio Cesare at its opening night wasn't just a matter of taking in four-plus hours of Handel’s greatest arias, but navigating stories within stories," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Board Games: When Trustees Need a Hand

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Fans often express their frustration with opera administrators, writes Fred Plotkin. But just as influential, in most cases, are the boards that govern opera companies and provide a large part of the money.

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'Defiant Requiem' Reprises Holocaust-Era Performance of Verdi Piece

Monday, April 01, 2013

A documentary and ongoing concert project looks at the Terezín concentration camp, where inmates sang the Verdi Requiem for their own dignity and solace—and to challenge their Nazi captors.

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Misconduct at the Opera House

Saturday, March 30, 2013

If a performance is "numbingly slow" with "no pacing to speak of, no structure or architecture to the rendering of the score" should the conductor be blamed? Absolutely, argues Fred Plotkin.

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Review: John Adams Thinks Big in New Telling of the Gospel

Thursday, March 28, 2013

John Adams's large-scale oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary got its New York premiere Wednesday night. David Patrick Stearns writes that its Adams's "biggest and most profusely scored work."

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Send Me No Flowers

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's the ultimate opera cliche: the diva showered with bouquets of flowers as she takes her bow. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "Strong fragrances, even pleasing ones," can lead to thorny situations.

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