Did Arnold Schoenberg Paint by Numbers?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Arnold Schoenberg was not only an influential composer but a visual artist of enough skill that his paintings rival masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Passions of Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"Among active singers, I can think of no one who owns as many roles as Karita Mattila," writes Fred Plotkin of the Finnish soprano who famously bared all in Salome at the Met.

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Lou Reed, Opera Duet Singer?

Monday, November 04, 2013

As tributes to the late Lou Reed continue, two videos highlighting two of his operatic projects have resurfaced.

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Planet Opera: Verona, Con Brio

Friday, November 01, 2013

Most people, when asked what comes to their minds first when they hear the name of Verona, immediately reply, “Romeo and Juliet!" As Fred Plotkin tells us, there's much more to discover.

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Sink Your Teeth into Marschner's The Vampire

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As a special Halloween treat, Operavore is featuring a brand new recording of Heinrich Marschner's two-act opera Der Vampyr, or The Vampire. It streams at 2 pm and 8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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Month of Mozart Specials on the Operavore Stream

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As WQXR devotes November to life and career of Mozart, the Operavore stream will present a wide assortment of the composer's vocal works including his pivotal operas.

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Planet Opera: Busseto, At Home With Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Verdi's hometown is a special place, writes Fred Plotkin, with its misty climate and landmarks connected to the composer. It also faces some alarming financial difficulties.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera Recreates Seminal Event in 'Baden-Baden 1927'

Monday, October 28, 2013

With "Baden-Baden 1927," Gotham Chamber Opera presented four one-act works by Ernest Toch, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. David Patrick Stearns considers the results.

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Plotkin's Guide to Italian Opera Performances in 2013-14

Friday, October 25, 2013

Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.

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Review: Hypnotic and Frank, Muhly's Two Boys Gets U.S. Premiere at the Met

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nico Muhly's Two Boys has an intentionally creepy sexual frankness that goes beyond anything previously seen on the Met stage, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Is a New Law Good for Italian Opera Houses?

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the wake of New York City Opera's demise, Fred Plotkin notes, "Italy is besieged in ways we cannot imagine. And yet they understand that culture is worth talking about and trying to save."

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Tangled Web: Internet-Based Opera to Open at Met

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed Two Boys that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over.

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When Opera Orchestras Take a Busman's Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Filarmonica della Scala began as the pit orchestra for Italy's La Scala opera house. As Fred Plotkin reports from Milan, the ensemble has a lively agenda apart from accompanying opera singers.

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Politicians a No-Show at Washington Opera; Kanye West at LA Opera

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.

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Review: Britten and Shakespeare's Urban Forest in a 'Dream' Team at the Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Met's high-style production with a smartly-selected cast represents a near-ideal opportunity to come to terms with what the piece is and is not, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Richard Bonynge and the Pursuit of Beautiful Sound

Friday, October 11, 2013

The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Verdi as Icon for Contemporary Composers? You Bet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.

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Verdi's Aida and its Role in the Egyptian Revolution

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"It might distress Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian patriot and nationalist, that Egypt's history of European occupation is in partly the fault of his wonderful opera, Aida," writes Nimet Habachy.

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Verdi Flashmob: Choir Surprises Shoppers with 'Va, Pensiero'

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Verdi has inspired plenty of flash mob performances – in markets, public squares and department stores. In honor of Verdi's 200th birthday, here's one with particular charm.

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The Sacred Verdi

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fred Plotkin considers some of Verdi's most compelling religious works and how a non-religious man could produce music that speaks so powerfully to very devout people.

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