The Gospel Truth About Opera

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No matter how extravagant the vocal acrobatics might be, if singing—whether opera, gospel or just about anything else—is not anchored in genuine sentiment, it will ring as heartless and false, writes Fred Plotkin.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich (Part II)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wagner's relationship with Otto Wesendonck, his most important financial backer, and the young and beautiful Mathilde Wesendonck, who became his most important muse, made for real drama, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New Wagner Books Offer Mysteries, Eroticism and Worship

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Those inclined to hyperbole claim that only Jesus, Napoléon and Adolf Hitler have caused more ink (and pixels) to be spilled than Richard Wagner.

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Antoine Wagner: How I Came to Know My Family Heritage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Antoine Wagner, a photographer and filmmaker living in New York, has long had a special passion for shooting landscapes and nature. Then he learned about his famous relative.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zürich, Wagner's base for nine years, became a place where he could reflect upon, and amplify, his ideas and theories, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Microphones at the Opera: Reverb, Static and Feedback

Friday, July 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin continues his discussion of the contentious topic of amplified opera singers with microphones and how it affects our senses.

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In Opera, There is No Such Thing as a Magic Mike

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin reviews the issue of microphones and amplification during opera performances. Should they be used? Should they be disclosed to those attending?

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Placido Domingo Leaves Hospital After Embolism

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Veteran tenor turned baritone Placido Domingo says he has left a hospital in Madrid after spending five days there recovering from a lung artery blockage.

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The Art of the Prima Donna: Grace Bumbry

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This is the first of what will be an occasional series about prima donnas, those irresistible singers whose talents and larger-than-life personalities never fail to fascinate and inspire opera fans.

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Placido Domingo Health Update: Improvement Expected

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Opera singer Placido Domingo says he expects his health to improve soon, after he was admitted to a Madrid hospital with a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

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'Monkey: Journey to the West': Lavish, Lightweight Summer Fare at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This Chinese martial arts opera comes to Lincoln Center for 27 performances.

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Placido Domingo Hospitalized in Spain with Embolism

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The 72-year-old tenor turned baritone Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

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Audience to be Blindfolded for Lera Auerbach's Opera, The Blind

Monday, July 08, 2013

In this "anti-opera," audience members wear blindfolds and experience the work in a similar state to its characters, 12 people who are visually impaired and stranded on an island.

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Overlooked Operas: Weber's Der Freischütz

Monday, July 08, 2013

Weber's Der Freischütz has been unjustly ignored outside of the German-speaking world, writes Fred Plotkin. Yet this opera foreshadows much of what followed.

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King George III: Mad About Opera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An opera about George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was written by Peter Maxwell Davies in the late 1960s and is called Eight Songs for a Mad King. This 33-minute work is a searing account of madness.

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In Memoriam: Alida Ferrarini

Monday, July 01, 2013

Soprano Alida Ferrarini, who died last week, was one of the most idiomatic interpreters of the light soprano repertory, mostly in Italian, writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Singers and their Finances, Part Two: Time and Taxes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses some basic ideas for the singer (and, to a lesser extent, all self-employed creative people) about how to manage your life so that art and commerce can happily coexist.

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Uncovering the 'Real-Life' Inspiration to Verdi's La Traviata

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Several new books and a film screening allow Operavores to dig deeper into the artistic roots and afterlife of the world’s most frequently performed opera.

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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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