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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Audience to be Blindfolded for Lera Auerbach's Opera, The Blind

Monday, July 08, 2013

In this "anti-opera," audience members wear blindfolds and experience the work in a similar state to its characters, 12 people who are visually impaired and stranded on an island.

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Overlooked Operas: Weber's Der Freischütz

Monday, July 08, 2013

Weber's Der Freischütz has been unjustly ignored outside of the German-speaking world, writes Fred Plotkin. Yet this opera foreshadows much of what followed.

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King George III: Mad About Opera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An opera about George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was written by Peter Maxwell Davies in the late 1960s and is called Eight Songs for a Mad King. This 33-minute work is a searing account of madness.

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In Memoriam: Alida Ferrarini

Monday, July 01, 2013

Soprano Alida Ferrarini, who died last week, was one of the most idiomatic interpreters of the light soprano repertory, mostly in Italian, writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Singers and their Finances, Part Two: Time and Taxes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses some basic ideas for the singer (and, to a lesser extent, all self-employed creative people) about how to manage your life so that art and commerce can happily coexist.

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Uncovering the 'Real-Life' Inspiration to Verdi's La Traviata

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Several new books and a film screening allow Operavores to dig deeper into the artistic roots and afterlife of the world’s most frequently performed opera.

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Top Five Ambitious On-Location Operas

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It is one thing to just roll a piano outdoors. It’s another thing entirely to mount an entire opera in its actual setting. Here are five.

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Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most aspiring opera singers must find ways to pay the bills and student loans while aiming for the stage. Some get day jobs, more than a few go to Europe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the operatic paycheck.

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Glimmerglass Festival Hires Veteran NY Opera Conductor

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Glimmerglass Festival, an annual summer company in Cooperstown, NY, has named Joseph Colaneri its next music director, effective in 2014. He succeeds David Angus.

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Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera.

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SF Opera Gambles on 'Gospel of Mary Magdalene'

Friday, June 21, 2013

Best known for his modest chamber opera "Little Women," composer Mark Adamo was looking for a more ambitious project to tackle when he happened upon a magazine article about Mary Magdalene.

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Understanding Opera Singers and their Health

Friday, June 21, 2013

Singers lead a rough life. They travel a great deal, being exposed to airplanes, jet lag, unfamiliar food, and people with germs who gush too long and too close. The result: a nonstop battle against sickness.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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X-Rays Reveal Censored Ending of Cherubini Opera

Sunday, June 16, 2013

After more than 200 years in obscurity, the last unreadable pages of an opera by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini have been deciphered with the help of one of the most advanced X-ray machines on the planet.

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Letts Do It: Little Latvia Packs a Big Musical Punch

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes of the State Choir of Latvia which he heard while attending a concert at Lucern, Switzerland.

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Eric Einhorn's On Site Opera Brings Blue Monday to The Cotton Club

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore caught up with On Site Opera's artistic director for a conversation about this weekend's run of Blue Monday at the Cotton Club.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: How Opera Speaks to Our Deepest Selves

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's thoughts on relevance in opera in an art form that is constantly being reframed in a world where events unfold at an accelerated rate.

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Review: Cecilia Bartoli is Fierce and Mercurial in Bellini's Norma

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli brings a "four-hankie" performance to Bellini's doomed priestess in a new recording.

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La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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