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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Former SF Opera Director Lotfi Mansouri Dies at 84

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.

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New York's Must-See Opera and Song Events in 2013-14

Saturday, August 31, 2013

With summer winding down, Operavores are busy digging out agendas and writing in musical dates. Here are our picks for New York’s most enticing vocal and operatic events in 2013–14.

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The Salzburg Effect

Thursday, August 29, 2013

"You don’t have to look too hard in Salzburg to discover what makes it stimulating. The city has an innate respect for Kunst und Kultur, or Art and Culture," writes Fred Plotkin.

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MLK and The Musical Stuff of Dreams

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Martin Luther King knew something about opera – his widow Coretta Scott King studied opera singing in Boston. He also was a master at the musicality of words and speech, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Operalia Competition Gives Top Prizes to Russian Soprano, Chinese Bass

Monday, August 26, 2013

They are Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Kazan, Russia, and Ao Li, bass-baritone from Dezhou, China.

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British Opera Singer Richard Angas Dies After Collapsing on Stage

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Richard Angas, a beloved veteran of British opera, spent his final moments giving one last performance as an operatic bass.

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Julius Rudel Tells It Like It Is (and Was)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Former New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel recently published a memoir, which despite its flaws, provides a history of the company and its most important figure.

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Gay Rights Petition Puts Pressure on Metropolitan Opera Stars

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If it wasn’t Tchaikovsky, it may never have come up. But suddenly, opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev now find themselves in an awkward circumstance.

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Does 'The Lone Ranger’ Remake Get the William Tell Overture Right?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"It’s exciting in a way but ultimately it just doesn’t grab me," said host David Garland on Movies on the Radio.

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Shakespeare, the Musical Muse

Friday, August 16, 2013

Shakespeare’s plays, with their gorgeous language, are not always congenial for musical adaptation. And yet, the stories and characters are so vivid and, yes, human, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Review: A Marriage of Figaro with Musical Taste, Fashion Faux Pas

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Racks of dresses sat in the middle of the stage while costumed mannequins hung in mid air in the Mostly Mozart production of Marriage of Figaro. David Patrick Stearns had a look and offers his review.

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New DVDs Offer Beloved Operas in Stylized Productions

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Miss out on summer festivals? These recent DVDs allow you to revel in the glorious sights and sounds without doing battle with the crowds or the high prices.

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Remembering Regina Resnik

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The death of someone like Regina Resnik, which happened on August 8, just weeks before her 91st birthday, is akin to a library burning to the ground," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano and Director, Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

Regina Resnik, the Bronx-born mezzo-soprano, died on Thursday in New York. Listen to an archival interview with Resnik from 1972.

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The Russians are Coming! Locating the Slavic Soul in Opera

Friday, August 09, 2013

Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."

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Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

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Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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