Thursday, April 18, 2013
With springtime comes a bounty of new books for Operavores. In the first of two posts, we consider new books on urban history and a much-maligned composer’s modernity.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Florence's Maggio Musicale has suffered bombings, floods, managerial inattention and political maneuvering. But recent austerity measures in Italy are especially damaging, writes Fred Plotkin.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The ages-old plea, “Let my people go,” took on immediate meaning when Rossini’s Moses in Egypt had concluded its second act and the Israelites were still captive, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano from New York City, has won this year’s Richard Tucker Award, given annually to a promising American opera singer.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
There’s a new organization designed to serve New York City’s small, grassroots opera companies and their fans.
Friday, April 12, 2013
This Sunday, New York City Opera will perform at City Center on West 55th street for the first time since 1965. The homecoming happens as the company looks to forge a new identity.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Opera fans are lurking among the student body at Columbia University, writes Fred Plotkin. "Opera companies would be wise to cultivate Columbia students for future audiences."
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
When the soprano Natalie Dessay dropped out before Tuesday night’s performance of Giulio Cesare at the Metropolitan Opera, the company didn’t have to look far for a replacement.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Tired of grumbling about economic austerity? Maybe it's time to sing about it.
Friday, April 05, 2013
"Reaching the end of Giulio Cesare at its opening night wasn't just a matter of taking in four-plus hours of Handel’s greatest arias, but navigating stories within stories," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Monday, April 01, 2013
A documentary and ongoing concert project looks at the Terezín concentration camp, where inmates sang the Verdi Requiem for their own dignity and solace—and to challenge their Nazi captors.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
John Adams's large-scale oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary got its New York premiere Wednesday night. David Patrick Stearns writes that its Adams's "biggest and most profusely scored work."
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday’s announcement that Alex Beard, 49, has been appointed as the new chief executive at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden was remarkable for its speed, especially because Beard comes from outside the institution. Typically, such searches take a longer period because the supply of able and qualified individuals is always limited, even for such a prestigious post, as few people have the necessary qualifications.