New York City Opera Spreads Its Wings with 'Florencia'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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'Florencia en el Amazonas,' kicks off New York City Opera's Spanish-language series, with a butterfly-themed production. David Patrick Stearns reviews the performance.
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When Is an Unfinished Work Incomplete?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Are works left unfinished, such as Gaudí's Sagrada Familia or Schubert's Eighth Symphony, still complete in other ways? Fred Plotkin investigates this question.
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Sketches from the Opera House

Friday, June 17, 2016

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A new book featuring drawings of opera singers and houses inspires Fred Plotkin to think about draughtsman, photographers and other artists who've depicted "our favorite art form."
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How to Make Opera Hot and Cool? LoftOpera Has the Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Startup classical music and opera companies are attracting younger audiences with daring programs in unconventional spaces. Fred Plotkin explores the not-so-new keys to their success.
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In Dresden Cultural Riches Abound Throughout This 'Florence on the Elbe'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Fred Plotkin visits Dresden, Germany, where he is impressed by a production of 'Lohengrin,' as well as museums, architecture and other musical offerings around the city.
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A Wish List for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, June 03, 2016

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As the Metropolitan Opera welcomes its future music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fred Plotkin offers a few suggestions for both the maestro and the organization.
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Review: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Crashes into the NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerald Barry's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' received its U.S. stage premiere in a plate-smashing and somewhat confounding production by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.
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How Deborah Rutter Manages: A Conversation with the Kennedy Center President

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fred Plotkin sits down with Deborah Rutter for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Summer Productions in North America

Monday, May 23, 2016

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In his second column highlighting opera festivals and productions around the world, Fred Plotkin chronologically combs through the top events in North America.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Europe's Leading Festivals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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In the first of two columns highlighting summer festivals abroad and at home, Fred Plotkin goes through the calendar to find Europe's best opera productions of the season and beyond.
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A Commencement Address to Vocal Arts Graduates, Class of 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

If Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin were to give a graduation commencement address, this is what he might say.
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In Arthur Miller's Plays, Subjects Are Operatic in Scope

Monday, May 09, 2016

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Though playwright Arthur Miller wasn't an opera fan, his plays are well suited to operatic adaptations, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Inside L.A. Opera's Young Artist Auditions

Friday, April 29, 2016

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Each year, talented singers audition for Los Angeles Opera's exclusive Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Fred Plotkin sat in on this year's proceedings.
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A Supporting Artist Who Steals the Show

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Maria Zifchak, a mezzo-soprano who's shined in character roles on the Metropolitan Opera stage "is in a class all of her own," writes Fred Plotkin.
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A Second 'Otello'? The Other Operas Inspired by Shakespeare

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Certainly you've heard of Verdi's 'Otello' and Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', but check out these lesser-known operas based on the same source material. 
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A Verdian Season in New York

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last week, New York experienced a flurry of events honoring the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Fred Plotkin, who attended them, considers the composer's legacy. 
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

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William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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James Levine Set to Retire from the Met

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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After a 45-year career at the Metropolitan Opera, the legendary maestro will become the organization's music director emeritus.
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How Old Is Too Old for the Opera Stage?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers ageism in opera, and what singers facing the twilight of their careers can still offer in performances.
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