Autumn in Opera

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Are there operas you associate with autumn? For blogger Olivia Giovetti, they include Lucia di Lammermoor, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto and Russian operas.

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Planet Opera: Cincinnati Balances Tradition with Innovation

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

This hilly, leafy city above the Ohio River grew in the 19th century with waves of German immigrants who brought values of hard work, love of music and of hearty food, writes Fred Plotkin.

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'Dog Days' Brings a Post-Apocalyptic Era to New Jersey

Friday, September 28, 2012

Some of the greatest works in opera deal with the end of some form of civilization or another, writs Olivia Giovetti. The latest example is the new opera Dog Days, which gets its premiere on Sunday.

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Blend of Bikinis and Chinese Opera Stirs Debate

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A stage performance by bikini-clad women wearing headpieces styled after traditional Peking Opera has sparked debate in China after photos were made public this week.

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Smoking at the Opera

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smoking used to be commonplace among opera singers, as it was the general public. These days, there remain a few hold-outs, despite its obvious dangers. Fred Plotkin considers the practice.

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The Top 10 Opera Fans from Film and Television

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From Nicolas Cage’s character in Moonstruck to Frasier Crane in "Cheers" and "Fraiser," we look at film and television’s greatest opera lovers. Check out Olivia Giovetti's list and share your own favorites.

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Review: 'Elixir of Love' a Frothy Season Opener at Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday with the comedy 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a new production by Bartlett Sher. The opera was "played straight and literal," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Why it's Time to Reclaim the Overture

Monday, September 24, 2012

"More than a few stage directors seem to think that the overture is theirs to play with, creating stage business that happens while the overture is being performed," complains Fred Plotkin.

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The Making of a Cult Opera

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cult classics in inspire rabid fandom that familiar works never achieve. Blogger Olivia Giovetti examines why, and considers cult operas such as Wozzeck, From the House of the Dead, La Périchole, Vanessa and Prince Igor.

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What Audiences Can Bring to an Opera Performance

Friday, September 21, 2012

In tough financial times, "we, as audiences, need to express faith and solidarity with our opera companies, encouraging them to be daring and creative and supporting them in their efforts," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Just Like an Opera

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"In listening to Tempest, Bob Dylan’s newest album which dropped last Tuesday, I can’t help but be reminded of Stravinsky," writes Olivia Giovetti. Indeed, Dylan's songs frequently aspire to art-song sophistication.

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Notes on Rests: When Singers Face Vocal Breakdown

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There are many singers, especially young ones, who go beyond their physical and mental limits because they feel they must do so to please a conductor or manager, writes Fred Plotkin in this cautionary tale.

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Review: Radiant and Aging, Einstein on the Beach Still an Event After 35 Years

Monday, September 17, 2012

Like an eccentrically orbiting comet, Einstein on the Beach is again the object of fascination in New York. David Patrick Stearns reviews Sunday's performance.

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The Art of the Master Class

Friday, September 14, 2012

Master classes are one of the most fascinating aspects of the process of taking talented young singers and trying to polish and mold them while allowing them to retain what makes them special, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Goes on the Couch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Second City comedy troupe is teaming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to produce short films about a therapist named Dr. Opera who counsels famous opera characters. Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Freedom, at the Opera and Everywhere Else

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pop music has addressed the concept of freedom in many different ways, writes Fred Plotkin. "In opera, freedom is described in ways that are more indirect but also more profound."

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How Political Conventions are Similar to Opera

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the fall political conventions now over, blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the similarities between these staged spectacles and those involving arias, divas and high musical drama.

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Ten Recordings We're Looking Forward to This Fall

Friday, September 07, 2012

From a Mario Lanza tribute to a new Don Giovanni, there are also a number of recordings to devour before winter. Here are ten albums blogger Olivia Giovetti is most looking forward to hearing this fall.

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Remembering the Great Leonie Rysanek

Thursday, September 06, 2012

"There are singers who touch audience members very deeply for any number of reasons," writes Fred Plotkin. "For me, one of those was the Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek."

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Fifteen Performances to Catch this Fall

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This fall, Emperor Titus returns to the Met, Philip Glass returns to BAM, Simon Keenlyside returns to Berg and VOX returns to City Opera. Here are our picks for the upcoming New York opera season.

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