Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Danielle de Niese's Road Trip Playlist

Monday, May 26, 2014

As the summer driving season gets underway, we're asking on-the-go classical musicians for their road trip playlists. The latest installment comes from the American soprano Danielle de Niese.

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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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With Wagner's 201st birthday on Thursday, he continues to delight and divide audiences. Tune in to WQXR and the Operavore stream to hear selections from the Wagner canon.

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The State of the Art at the Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin rates the Met's recent new productions. The good: Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Parsifal. Not so good: "Concept" productions.

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San Diego Opera Will Not Close, Announces 2015 Season

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two months after the San Diego Opera announced it would shut down at the end of 2014, the company's board voted on Friday to put on a 50th anniversary season.

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Opera News Names New Publisher with Colorful Résumé

Friday, May 16, 2014

Opera News magazine has hired a new publisher whose résumé includes work as the publisher of Penthouse and Playboy adult men's magazines.

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As Labor Talks Begin, Considering the Met's Essential Role

Friday, May 16, 2014

"What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?" is a question blogger Fred Plotkin is asked with troubling frequency. He considers why it has come to this point.

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La Scala to Oust General Director after First Season

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The board of La Scala voted Thursday to oust its incoming general director at the end of his first season in the latest behind-the-scenes melodrama to roil the fabled opera house.

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Jessye Norman: A Soprano Who Does it Her Way

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jessye Norman has thrilled millions in the opera house and on the recital stage. She's also coped with racism and kept audiences guessing with unusual career turns. She shares highlights from her wide-ranging career.

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Giving Tough Advice to Aspiring or Established Opera Singers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"There are times, throughout the career of an opera singer, when they need to be told that they are not ready for a role, not right for a role, or should consider retiring a role," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians Threaten to Strike

Monday, May 12, 2014

The musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra voted Monday to authorize a strike should contract talks fail.

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Video: Anna Netrebko Stars in Austrian Airlines Commercial

Monday, May 12, 2014

Anna Netrebko appears in a new Austrian Airlines television commercial, signing autographs in a plane's first-class cabin.

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Director Peter Sellars and Rocker Chuck Berry Share Polar Music Prize

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The prize committee said Sellars has showed that classical music is not about dusty sheet music, but "a way of reflecting and depicting the world."

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Throwback Thursday: Kirsten Flagstad (#tbt)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

WQXR

This week we throw it back to Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, called "The Voice of the Century" by many a critic.

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Eric Owens, In the Moment

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.

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Damascus Opera Suffers Under Mortar Strikes

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mortar attacks have become daily occurrence in the Syrian capital of some two million, often killing more people than this attack. But the strike last month against the opera house resonated much more loudly.

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Metropolitan Opera Contract Talks Begin, Con Forza

Monday, May 05, 2014

Contract talks between the Metropolitan Opera and the union representing the company's singers, dancers and stage managers got off to a markedly tempestuous start on Monday.

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Indianapolis Opera Faces Uncertainty After Longtime Director Quits

Friday, May 02, 2014

Another shoe dropped at the troubled Indianapolis Opera on Wednesday when the company's longtime artistic director resigned – by e-mail.

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Singers and Swingers: Opera and Golf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.

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