After Anna Netrebko Quits Munich Manon, Company Brings Her Back in Eugene Onegin

Monday, November 10, 2014

Since Anna Netrebko's 11th-hour withdrawal from the title role of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera, the production has become the object of much speculation.
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Berlin in Mind

Friday, November 07, 2014

"When I think of Berlin, it is often as a place from which New York can learn a lot," writes Fred Plotkin. "Its better traits stand as models for things we might try to emulate."
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Opera Singer Montserrat Caballé Reaches Deal to Avoid Jail for Tax Evasion

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities that will have her pay a fine but avoid jail time over tax evasion charges.
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Weaving South African Magic into Mozart

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A production of Mozart's Magic Flute is being staged in New York by the South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble. Operavore's Fred Plotkin gives his reaction.
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Musical America Names Director Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Musical America has named opera and theater director Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year. Four other honors were also announced Tuesday.
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Operatic Fish Tales (for Operavores Who Are Pescavores)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

That the hearty men and women who live with water, waves, briny air and the wondrous fauna that live beneath the surface make for vivid material for opera is no fluke.
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Joyce DiDonato Sings National Anthem – with a Stumble

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series. But the crowd cheered the effort.
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Is Opera Supposed to Teach Us History?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The staging of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met raises the inevitable question: Should we expect to learn history from the stories of certain operas?
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Review: Handel's Alcina a Vocal Feast in an Unusually Hushed Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Joyce DiDonato leading the cast, Carnegie's concert presentation of Alcina showed why the work should never lose its special occasion status, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Succumbing to the Eboli Virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The immediacy and excitement of the music and character of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo are irresistible even to people who insist that they hate opera, writes Fred Plotkin.
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No Joyce DiDonato National Anthem, but Here Are Five Other Must-See Versions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Though DiDonato might have provided one of the most memorable versions of the national anthem, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, we’ll revisit our five favorite renditions.
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Review: Depth, Not Controversy, Lingers After Met Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Despite a demonstration across from Lincoln Center—and interruptions from hecklers—"The Death of Klinghoffer" production captured its many layers, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Protesters Disrupt Opening of The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The Death of Klinghoffer" was greeted Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera by several disruptions from hecklers as well as a huge applause for the work’s composer, John Adams.
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Rudolph Giuliani: The Death of Klinghoffer is 'Extremely Unfair'

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rudolph Giuliani has thrown his weight behind the Jewish groups and political figures who plan to protest on Monday night the Met's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer."
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Indiana University Opera Hopes to Score in Football Stadium

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music announced Friday that it will present a live simulcast of its production of Puccini's La Boheme on its Jumbotron.
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The Depth of Klinghoffer: What Does the Controversy Say About Freedom of Expression?

Friday, October 17, 2014

With the Met Opera's controversial production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" opening on Monday, Fred Plotkin asks whether its detractors approach it with a full understanding.
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Australian Officials Intervene to Lift Carmen Smoking Ban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A government health minister has told Western Australian Opera that it can resume staging "Carmen" – complete with tobacco references – without endangering a sponsorship.
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Youth Gets Its Day in Opera. Now Where Are the Honors for Veteran Artists?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As young singing talent is recognized at a gala awards evening, Fred Plotkin asks why the Kennedy Center Honors have overlooked opera this year, and who deserves the awards.
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Review: Pretty Yende Enterprising in New York Recital Debut

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pretty Yende's New York debut revealed a magnetically lush soprano and as much genuine warmth as boundless artistic confidence, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Soprano Pretty Yende's New York Story Began in Rural South Africa

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Soprano Pretty Yende, who returned to the Met last Monday in The Magic Flute and who will give her Carnegie recital debut this Monday night, has to continually pinch herself.
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