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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Metropolitan Opera Cancels Broadcasts of Klinghoffer After Protests

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has called off its broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams and Alice Goodman's landmark 1991 opera, over fears it could "fan global anti-Semitism."

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Metropolitan Opera's Tax Filing Reveals Salary Details

Monday, June 16, 2014

The disclosures might be noncontroversial were it not for the fact that Met management began contract talks with musicians and stagehands last month aimed at cutting expenses.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers – Part Two

Monday, June 16, 2014

Following last week's survey of gifted male opera singers under the age of 40 comes this look at promising young divas.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fred Plotkin has selected 40 singers under 40 who he feels merit your attention and support. This article is about male singers; the next will introduce you to some future divas.

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Five Most Notorious Performances of Strauss's 'Dance of the Seven Veils'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For Strauss's birthday, how about a little dance? We've collected the top five infamous renditions of the lurid routine from Salome.

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. Spurgeon breaks down Der Rosenkavalier in a New York minute (or three).

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss' Salome

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).

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In The Tender Land, Copland Confronted Cold War Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

Aaron Copland's folk opera The Tender Land is a quintessential story of the American heartland. It's also laced with jabs at the McCarthy era, which made initial audiences gasp.

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In Praise of Old Queens

Friday, June 06, 2014

66-year-old Italian soprano Mariella Devia made a rare return to New York Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports on the scene.

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Review: Opera's Latest 'Love Couple' Fails to Heat Up Duets Album

Friday, June 06, 2014

Opera promoters can't seem to get enough of "Love Couples." But Operavore writer David Shengold isn't entirely convinced by the latest effort to push a soprano/tenor pair.

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