‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Planet Opera: Japan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explores the world of Kabuki and modern Japanese operas.

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Anna Netrebko is Engaged

Friday, July 11, 2014

The singers began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House.

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Review: Grand Production Fails to Animate The Passenger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera The Passenger is not the great, cathartic Holocaust opera that we've been waiting for, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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For Soprano Cecilia López, a Path to Opera Through Mariachi

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for an opera singer to start out by dabbling in rock music or show tunes. But for the young soprano Cecilia Violetta López, the entrée to singing was Mexican mariachi music.

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What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music: A Guide for All Interests - Part Two

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin offers part two of his guide to opera in New York City, for listeners who are into great voices, rarities and edgy work.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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New York City Opera Creditor Seeks to Revive Company

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nine months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and canceled its season, the company's board says that it has received five proposals to restart the shuttered organization.

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What to Hear in Opera and Vocal Music in NYC: A Guide for All Interests

Monday, July 07, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the many categories of potential opera ticket buyers and suggests performances this coming season in New York that might pique their interest.

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All-American African-American Divas

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The almost untranslatable Italian word estro means a sudden inspiration, touched with genius, to create something extraordinary where it was unimaginable before. Here's where it applies to musicians.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Unsung Forays into Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

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Video: Verdi Flashmob Surprises Airplane Passengers

Monday, June 30, 2014

What's perhaps most impressive is that Alfredo and Violetta's "Brindisi" unfolds in a small regional jet.

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Sense and Sustainability in the Opera House

Friday, June 27, 2014

"The questions of sustainability, which is the central organizing concept of the way we must live now if we are to survive, should be examined in the context of the opera houses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Julius Rudel, New York City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor Julius Rudel, who ran New York City Opera during its golden age, from 1957 to 1979, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 93.

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Metropolitan Opera House Vandalized

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A vandal attacked the Metropolitan Opera early Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of spray-painted vulgarities inside the house and near the bandshell.

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Soprano Fired From Opera Australia Over Anti-Gay Slurs

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri has been released from her contract with Opera Australia after an anti-gay rant on her Facebook page provoked an angry backlash.

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Not Just Jungle: Opera in Brazil's Amazon Cup City

Friday, June 20, 2014

With Manaus playing host to four World Cup matches, the Belle Epoque gem is a must-see for the foreigners who flooded in for the tournament.

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Things Are Looking Up for Opera in Northern Italy

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Opera companies the world over face challenges nowadays and there are those in Italy (Florence, Genoa and elsewhere) that are troubled. But there is good news too," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Meryl Streep to Play Maria Callas in HBO Biopic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The actress Meryl Streep will star as the late, iconic soprano Maria Callas in a forthcoming biopic for HBO, to be directed by Mike Nichols.

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Review: Rameau's Pygmalion Waxes Operatic at Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rameau's one-act Pygmalion received a site-specific staging at Madame Tussauds Tuesday night. Operavore's David Patrick Stearns writes that the venue brought some challenges to the score.

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