Tuesday, May 07, 2013
In opera, and not only, sisters are doing it for themselves. It seems that everywhere I look and listen lately, there is a suora, soeur, cесtра or schwester on an operatic stage. I am in the midst of attending my 47th complete Ring Cycle (yes, I know...) and am writing this just after hearing a musically gratifying performance of Die Walküre at the Met. Deborah Voigt has added colors and texture to her Walküre Brünnhilde since I first heard it two years ago. It is always heartening to see an artist who deepens her approach to a role rather then simply repeat what she has already done.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Elizabeth Bishop is expected to join the few who have sung two major roles in a single day at the Metropolitan Opera.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A present-day sorcerer, a rising star, a beloved veteran, and Schubert-inspired Yiddishkeit: Operavores who enjoy great Lieder singing will find much to savor in these recent releases.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
There's a new opera premiering this month called Steal a Pencil for Me. It's about a real-life Jewish couple from the Netherlands who survived the Holocaust.
Friday, April 26, 2013
There is a subset of orchestral composers who wrote gorgeous songs and had a clear understanding of the human voice, writes Fred Plotkin. One was Mahler. Another is Edvard Grieg.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Harry Bicket, the British star of the early music movement, is to be the next chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera, starting in October.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
With springtime comes a bounty of new books for Operavores. In the first of two posts, we consider new books on urban history and a much-maligned composer’s modernity.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Florence's Maggio Musicale has suffered bombings, floods, managerial inattention and political maneuvering. But recent austerity measures in Italy are especially damaging, writes Fred Plotkin.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The ages-old plea, “Let my people go,” took on immediate meaning when Rossini’s Moses in Egypt had concluded its second act and the Israelites were still captive, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano from New York City, has won this year’s Richard Tucker Award, given annually to a promising American opera singer.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
There’s a new organization designed to serve New York City’s small, grassroots opera companies and their fans.
Friday, April 12, 2013
This Sunday, New York City Opera will perform at City Center on West 55th street for the first time since 1965. The homecoming happens as the company looks to forge a new identity.