Top Five Ambitious On-Location Operas

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It is one thing to just roll a piano outdoors. It’s another thing entirely to mount an entire opera in its actual setting. Here are five.

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Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most aspiring opera singers must find ways to pay the bills and student loans while aiming for the stage. Some get day jobs, more than a few go to Europe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the operatic paycheck.

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Glimmerglass Festival Hires Veteran NY Opera Conductor

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Glimmerglass Festival, an annual summer company in Cooperstown, NY, has named Joseph Colaneri its next music director, effective in 2014. He succeeds David Angus.

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Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera.

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SF Opera Gambles on 'Gospel of Mary Magdalene'

Friday, June 21, 2013

Best known for his modest chamber opera "Little Women," composer Mark Adamo was looking for a more ambitious project to tackle when he happened upon a magazine article about Mary Magdalene.

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Understanding Opera Singers and their Health

Friday, June 21, 2013

Singers lead a rough life. They travel a great deal, being exposed to airplanes, jet lag, unfamiliar food, and people with germs who gush too long and too close. The result: a nonstop battle against sickness.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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X-Rays Reveal Censored Ending of Cherubini Opera

Sunday, June 16, 2013

After more than 200 years in obscurity, the last unreadable pages of an opera by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini have been deciphered with the help of one of the most advanced X-ray machines on the planet.

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Letts Do It: Little Latvia Packs a Big Musical Punch

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes of the State Choir of Latvia which he heard while attending a concert at Lucern, Switzerland.

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Eric Einhorn's On Site Opera Brings Blue Monday to The Cotton Club

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore caught up with On Site Opera's artistic director for a conversation about this weekend's run of Blue Monday at the Cotton Club.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: How Opera Speaks to Our Deepest Selves

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's thoughts on relevance in opera in an art form that is constantly being reframed in a world where events unfold at an accelerated rate.

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Review: Cecilia Bartoli is Fierce and Mercurial in Bellini's Norma

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli brings a "four-hankie" performance to Bellini's doomed priestess in a new recording.

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La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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Long Delayed, Kenneth Branagh's 'The Magic Flute' Arrives in the US

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.

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La Scala Names New General Manager

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

La Scala's board of directors has named the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival Alexander Pereira as the opera house's new general manager.

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Planet Opera: Philadelphia for Operavores

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.

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New York Grand Opera Company Cancels Central Park Season, Citing Weather

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New York Grand Opera Company has scrapped its two summer opera performances in Central Park, citing the weather.

→ Poll: Do you prefer summer concerts indoors or outdoors?

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Voices of Summer

Friday, May 31, 2013

"There has been a stunning revival of opera in unusual places this year, much of it in spring and summer, a period when opera offerings were once meager," writes Fred Plotkin. Here are a few highlights.

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Spring Awakening: Activity at NYC's Small Opera Companies

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.

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La Scala Scales Back on Productions Due to Crisis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy's economic crisis, the theater's general manager said.

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