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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."