The Russians are Coming! Locating the Slavic Soul in Opera

Friday, August 09, 2013

Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."

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Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

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Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Director Deborah Warner Pulls Out of Met Opera's Season Opener

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera said on Tuesday that its season-opening production of Eugene Onegin will be directed by Fiona Shaw, after the director Deborah Warner pulled out.

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Mezzo-Soprano Sues Metropolitan Opera Over Stage Fall

Monday, August 05, 2013

The mezzo-soprano Wendy White is suing the Metropolitan Opera for a 2011 accident where a set collapsed from under her during performance of Faust, causing her to fall eight feet.

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Listen: Newly Discovered Early Pavarotti Recording to be Released

Friday, August 02, 2013

A recently-discovered recording of Luciano Pavarotti – believed to be the late tenor's first – will be commercially released in October. Hear a sample.

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Thomas Hampson Takes the Hot Seat on BBC's 'HardTalk'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.

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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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