The Royal Opera Thinks Globally

Friday, January 04, 2013

"While not everything works ideally in any opera company, the Royal Opera has been on a roll," Fred Plotkin reports. But what does the future hold at a time when the company's chief executive is leaving?

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Review: Joyce DiDonato Crowns Dark Maria Stuarda at Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Met's first-ever staging of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda opened on New Year's Eve, with Joyce DiDonato as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. "Against many odds, the opera actually meant something," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Andrea Chénier: Modern Meanings in Tale of French Revolution

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of its arias became the the most memorable scene in the 1993 film Philadelphia. But far too many opera lovers aren't familiar with Umberto Giordano’s verismo gem, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Three Sexiest Librettos in Opera

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Opera is at its most steamy when passion trumps reason. In this edition of Opera in Brief, we consider three of opera’s sexiest librettos.

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Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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An Operavore Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Launch WQXR's Operavore stream this holiday season and you can enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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New York City Opera Sets Go On Sale

Friday, December 21, 2012

Procrastinating holiday shoppers with a taste for grandeur take note: New York City Opera began selling off its old sets this week. View a slideshow of a few highlights.

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Top Three Operas About Small Town Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three operatic portraits of every day life in the mid 19th century, by Britten, Smetana and Delius.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life imitates art at La Scala, writes Fred Plotkin. "Lohengrin tells the story of a besieged nation whose leadership is fragile and whose freedom is imperiled."

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New York City Opera Names Head of Music Staff

Friday, December 14, 2012

Myra Huang, a pianist who frequently works with opera singers, has been named the head of music at New York City Opera, a part time position.

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The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogger Marion Lignana Rosenberg lists the top five performances of 2012, plus five of the best opera recordings. And yes, there’s a lump of coal for those who served up duds.

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Film to Set La Bohème in Williamsburg (Beards and Tattoos Included)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mimì and Rodolfo face many adversities in La Bohème – a drafty garret, a creepy landlord, tuberculosis. But all are mere annoyances compared to the L train at rush hour.

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Opera in Brief: Top Three Operatic Crowd Scenes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When a great operatic chorus is sung by a gifted group of singers, the choristers often play a starring role. Sometimes they even steal the show.

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How Would You Run the International Opera Awards?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A London-based organization called the Opera Awards Foundation announced plans last month for an annual awards gala. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers potential recipients.

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Russian Opera Diva Vishnevskaya Dies at 86

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Russian opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya, who conquered audiences all over the world with her rich soprano, has died. Vishenvskaya, widow of famed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, was 86.

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Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Stays Cutting Edge

Friday, December 07, 2012

"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.

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Beyond 'Les Miz': Three Operas Based on Victor Hugo Novels

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In anticipation of a new film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, we explore three operatic settings of the French writer's novels.

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Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda Makes a Rare Appearance

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Most of the works of the great bel canto composers — Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti — are seldom performed because few singers are ever up to the task, writes Fred Plotkin. But one such rarity arrives in New York Wednesday night.

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The Operavore 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, December 03, 2012

Whether you’re naughty or nice, choosing presents for yourself or for others, our holiday picks will please even the most discerning opera lovers. Be sure to check out WQXR's Gift Guide too.

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Discovering Xavier Montsalvatge

Friday, November 30, 2012

"When, about ten months ago, I began my Montsalvatge immersion, my approach was to listen to any music I could find," notes Fred Plotkin. "Then, recently, it came to my attention that an exemplary biography has just been published."

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