Music, Paris and Belief in Reason

Monday, November 30, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his thoughts on France, its music and the philosophy of Paris that inspires the world over.
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Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell: Poetry in Need of Music

Monday, November 23, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin discusses the new play "Dear Elizabeth," about love letters between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and makes a proposal.
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The Operatic Class of 1965, Fifty Years On

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the 2015 Metropolitan Opera Guild's annual luncheon honoring artists that made their debut at the Met in 1965.
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6 Videos Indulging Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love of Opera

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's love of opera is well known. Here are six examples of her indulging in opera.
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Opera Goes to War

Friday, November 13, 2015

From Verdi to Wagner to Prokofiev, opera and musical presentations involving war are abundant writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
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Remembering The Met's Richard Horowitz

Monday, November 09, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin remembers the longest-serving employee in the history of the Met, tympanist Richard Horowitz. 
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Opera Review: Alban Berg's 'Lulu' at the Met

Friday, November 06, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Kentridge production of Alban Berg's "Lulu" at the Metropolitan Opera.
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When Dreams and Dreamers Inhabit Opera

Monday, November 02, 2015

Fresh from a trip to Ireland's Wexford Festival Opera, Blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the influence of dreams in opera.
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Remembering Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, Casa Italiana Founder

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Operavove blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, the founder of the Casa Italiana, who died suddenly on October 17 at the age of 89.
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Can Festivals Help Opera Companies Stay Fresh?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Opera Philadelphia on Tuesday announced what it calls a 12-day urban opera festival. But it's not the first company to shake up its season routine, as Fred Plotkin writes.
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Sneak Peek at Upcoming Opera About Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

Monday, October 19, 2015

The battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the future of New York City will soon be the subject of an opera.
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Giotto as an Operatic Inspiration

Friday, October 16, 2015

"What Bach is to music, Giotto is to Renaissance art and all that followed," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation of his dramatic paintings.
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Review: Eric Owens Opens Philharmonic Residency with Uneven 'Footsteps'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The genial, celebrated bass-baritone Eric Owens opened a year-long Philharmonic residency with "Great African American Singers and Their Legacy."
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Placido Domingo to Miss Four Met Opera Performances to Have Surgery

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Placido Domingo will miss four performances conducting Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in order to have gallbladder surgery.
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I Went to a Wedding and an Opera Broke Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You can go to quite a few operas in which a wedding takes place but last week, Fred Plotkin had a new experience.
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Learning Italian at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at how you can study Italian by attending the opera. There are no fewer than 19 such opportunities at the Met this season.
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Magical Thinking Stalks New York's Opera World

Monday, October 05, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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James Levine Withdraws from 'Lulu,' Citing Schedule Demands

Friday, October 02, 2015

Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine said Friday that he is withdrawing from the company's upcoming production of Berg's Lulu.
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In Praise of Healthy Voices

Friday, October 02, 2015

Healthy voices are a boon to opera fans, writes Fred Plotkin. He cites three star sopranos who are singing roles that Met audiences have not heard them in.
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Gotham Chamber Opera Announces It Is Shutting Down

Thursday, October 01, 2015

After 15 years of often highly acclaimed performances, the Gotham Chamber Opera has heard its last bravos.
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