When Opera Singers Go it Alone

Saturday, March 09, 2013

"Social media has enabled singers to feel connected and loved in ways that would have been inconceivable only a few years ago," writes Fred Plotkin. Still, life on the road can be a lonely pursuit at times.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Dresden

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This Saxon city, so beautiful and so marked by centuries of tragedy and glory, was Richard Wagner’s second home. Fred Plotkin tells us why it matters today.

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Pondering the Mysteries of Parsifal

Friday, March 01, 2013

Wagner’s Parsifal is not my favorite opera and I doubt it ever will be," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet, it has taken rather firm hold of my imagination.

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Recordings Round-Up: Three Shades of Virtuosity

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Three recent recordings – by Jonas Kaufmann, Karina Gauvin and Max Emanuel Cencic – serve up wide-raging modes of delight and bravura.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 Season

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers the Met's next season, which has some conspicuously absent singers but also the return of conductor James Levine.

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Metropolitan Opera Announces 2013-14 Season with an English Accent

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday announced its 2013-14 season, which will feature six new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 14 revivals.

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Review: City Opera's Turn of the Screw Missing Spooky Thrills

Monday, February 25, 2013

"For all its musical clarity Sunday at BAM, Britten's opera failed to take possession (at least of me) in a way that it truly can," writes Operavore's David Patrick Stearns.

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Opera Companies from Mars, Audiences from Venus

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes on marketing strategies and dynamic pricing in today's opera companies in his follow up article about the future of performing arts institutions and audience loyalty.

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What I Subscribe To

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin ponders the role of subscriptions in the health of performance arts institutions.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera's Entrancing and Enigmatic Parsifal

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"The production isn’t for everybody, but so handsomely filled this five-hour-plus opera," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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'Lincoln' Reveals 16th President's Passion for Opera

Monday, February 18, 2013

Among the many historical tidbits that Steven Spielberg includes in his Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," the president’s love of opera may be the most surprising.

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Review: City Opera's Powder Her Face Lays Bare British Sex Scandal

Saturday, February 16, 2013

This visually busy Jay Scheib production addressed many of the problems in this woozy, dreamy portrayal of the Duchess of Argyll.

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Dutch Marionette Artist has the Opera World on a String

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.

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Giving Puccini's Turandot the Finale it Deserves

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Lunar New Year began on Sunday, and the moon plans an important role in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, one of the most popular Western operas with an Asian setting.

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Planet Opera: In Amsterdam, Sharing Moments with History

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A particular characteristic of life in Amsterdam is the nearly untranslatable and unpronounceable word gezellig. It applies to many aspects of life and music in the Dutch city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Top Five Most Potent Love Spells in Opera

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we searched the opera repertoire for the five most potent love potions and spells (at least in terms of their influence on plot development).

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The Maestro's Ears

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sometimes a good conductor can help an orchestra overcome a flawed concert hall; other times a great hall can mask the shortcomings of a poor conductor. Fred Plotkin considers the relationship of maestro, hall and orchestra.

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Burned Opera Fire-Blower Released From Hospital

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A fire-blowing stilt-walker with the Lyric Opera of Chicago who suffered second-degree burns during a dress rehearsal was released from the hospital Thursday.

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Librettos and Libations: Music in the Vineyards

Monday, February 04, 2013

Wine, whether still, sparkling or fortified, really flows in opera – from the elixir in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore to Champagne in Die Fledermaus. Fred Plotkin considers these heady connections.

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No 'R' Rating for the Met's New Rigoletto

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Rated R for Rigoletto? Not on the Metropolitan Opera’s watch.

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