Opera's Top Sister Acts

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.

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Iron Mezzo: Elizabeth Bishop to Sing Two Roles in One Day at Met

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.

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Born to Love Opera

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"I wonder whether regular exposure to certain types of music, particularly opera and song, could favorably affect developing fetuses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Recordings Round-Up: Four Men Who Follow the Lieder

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.

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Opera Based on Real-Life Holocaust Survivors to Premiere

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.

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Edvard Grieg: The Opera Composer That Might Have Been

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.

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Bayreuth Festival to Name New Managing Director

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Die Welt newspaper reports that Heinz Dieter Sense will become director of Bayreuth just as the Richard Wagner 200th anniversary year is picking up steam.

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Santa Fe Opera Taps Early-Music Specialist Harry Bicket

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.

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On the Music: Eight Singers, One Song

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old school or new, singers approach Schubert’s “An die Musik” with a variety of nuances, tempos and inflections. Fred Plotkin considers eight different approaches, with video examples.

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An 'Opera Teen' Builds an Internet Fan Base

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Before his appearance on the Operavore show this Saturday, we asked Harry Rose—aka Opera Teen—about his entry into the world of opera, where audiences are typically four times his age.

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Top Five Red Carpet Events for Opera Singers

Monday, April 22, 2013

An Academy Awards-like event debuts in London Monday. Whether the "Operas" eclipse some of the prestigious honors already out there for live performance remains to be seen. Here are five notable awards events.

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The Operatic Cheesemonger

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Patrick Watson is both a trained opera singer and co-owner of Stinky Brooklyn, a cheese store in Carroll Gardens. His love of opera and cheese inspires Fred Plotkin to consider the two pursuits.

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Poll: Your Take on the Operavore Show

Friday, April 19, 2013

This January, WQXR launched the Operavore show, our weekly "radio magazine" on the world of opera. As we continue to fine-tune, we'd like to get your input.

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Springtime Reading for Opera Lovers (Part II)

Friday, April 19, 2013

In the second of our two-part survey on new books for Operavores, we spotlight a book on the genesis of 15 great operas.

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A Springtime Reading List for Opera Lovers (Part I)

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.

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Rocking the Cradle of Opera: Tough Times for Florence’s Maggio Musicale

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.

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Review: City Opera's Grand, Musically Uneven Moses in Egypt

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.

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Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard Wins Richard Tucker Award

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.

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Small NYC Opera Companies Band Together in New Alliance

Saturday, April 13, 2013

There’s a new organization designed to serve New York City’s small, grassroots opera companies and their fans.

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As New York City Opera Seeks New Identity, a Nod to its Past

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.

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