Why are Opera Fans so Fascinated with James Levine?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The hardest-working maestro in show business returned to the podium on Sunday after a two-year absence. We look at why opera fans are so intrigued with James Levine.

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In Opera, and at the Museum, Clothing Makes the Character

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two current exhibits at the Met Museum prompt blogger Fred Plotkin to consider how "singers need to be taught how to wear costumes, not only for proper movement but for creation of character."

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German Theater Groups Criticize Cancellation of Nazi-Themed Tannhauser

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf has faced mounting scrutiny for canceling a controversial Nazi-themed production of Wagner's Tannhäuser last week.

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Alessandro Scarlatti, Ready for his Close Up?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

With 65 operas, Alessandro Scarlatti is considered by many scholars to be the most important Italian opera composer between Monteverdi and Rossini. But he's not so well known to audiences.

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Planet Opera: New Film Captures the Glowing Light of Aix-en-Provence

Friday, May 10, 2013

A documentary about the rehearsal for a new production of La Traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the French town's mix of charm and beauty.

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Nazi-themed Tannhauser Creates Scandal in Germany

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A production of Tannhauser is causing a stir because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and members of a family having their heads shaved before being executed.

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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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