No Thanks for 'Sharing' at the Opera House

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Friends, New Yorkers, Opera Lovers Everywhere," writes Fred Plotkin. "Do I really need to explain why people should not engage in extended conversations at the opera?"

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The Top Five Pop Culture-Inspired Rigoletto Productions

Friday, January 18, 2013

When the Metropolitan Opera opens a new Rigoletto production inspired by Rat Pack–era Las Vegas, it will be one in of a spate of new contexts for this warhorse.

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Houston Grand Opera to Stage its First Ring Cycle

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Houston becomes the latest opera company to put a ring on it next season. The announcement comes as the Houston Symphony gets a new conductor.

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Planet Opera: In Italy's Small Towns, Opera is Anything But Provincial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Four cities in Italy have created what is known as the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, a consortium that works collaboratively to create four opera productions every season. Fred Plotkin reports from Italy.

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Exclusive Preview: New Wagner Museum Opens in Germany

Friday, January 11, 2013

A new museum dedicated to Richard Wagner opens this weekend near Dresden. Located in a former hunting lodge, it opens as the world gets ready to mark his 200th anniversary, reports Fred Plotkin.

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Prototype Festival Tests Notion that Modern Opera is Dead

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In the face of a "dwindling of new works," an opera festival highlights ready-to-tour productions of modern chamber operas.

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Opera and the Internet: Making Links

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"When technological devices demand our attention and we feel we are missing something if we don’t constantly check for updates, then we use our time and our senses in different ways," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Coming Soon: The Operavore Radio Show on WQXR

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A new year brings a new show on WQXR. Starting January 19, Operavore unveils a new 30-minute radio show devoted entirely to the world of opera.

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For Alagna and Gheorghiu - Opera's 'Posh and Becks' - End of an Era

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s announcement last week that she and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna, are getting a divorce surprised few in the opera world.

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The Royal Opera Thinks Globally

Friday, January 04, 2013

"While not everything works ideally in any opera company, the Royal Opera has been on a roll," Fred Plotkin reports. But what does the future hold at a time when the company's chief executive is leaving?

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Review: Joyce DiDonato Crowns Dark Maria Stuarda at Metropolitan Opera

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.

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Andrea Chénier: Modern Meanings in Tale of French Revolution

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.

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Top Three Sexiest Librettos in Opera

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Opera is at its most steamy when passion trumps reason. In this edition of Opera in Brief, we consider three of opera’s sexiest librettos.

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Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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An Operavore Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Launch WQXR's Operavore stream this holiday season and you can enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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New York City Opera Sets Go On Sale

Friday, December 21, 2012

Procrastinating holiday shoppers with a taste for grandeur take note: New York City Opera began selling off its old sets this week. View a slideshow of a few highlights.

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Top Three Operas About Small Town Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three operatic portraits of every day life in the mid 19th century, by Britten, Smetana and Delius.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

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."

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New York City Opera Names Head of Music Staff

Friday, December 14, 2012

Myra Huang, a pianist who frequently works with opera singers, has been named the head of music at New York City Opera, a part time position.

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The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogger Marion Lignana Rosenberg lists the top five performances of 2012, plus five of the best opera recordings. And yes, there’s a lump of coal for those who served up duds.

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