Anna Netrebko Supports Theater in Ukrainian Separatist Region

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anna Netrebko is responding to critics of a controversial donation she gave to a theater in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, asserting that the gift was "not a political act."
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Review: With Luxury Casting, Turin Opera Rehabilitates William Tell at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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For Irish Opera, Funding Troubles and Signs of Revival

Monday, December 08, 2014

Surveying Ireland's opera scene, Fred Plotkin writes, "I have found many reasons to hope for an operatic revival and a couple of causes for concern."
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Barenboim Bids La Scala Farewell Amid Violent Protests

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The gala mood for "Fidelio" contrasted with protests outside that turned violent as the curtain rose on one of the most glittering events on Europe's culture calendar.
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'Sleeping' with Classical Musicians: Around the World in 69 Clicks

Monday, December 01, 2014

Hotels must meet a few requirements for blogger Fred Plotkin, including a clean room and a comfortable bed. He recently discovered one hotel with dozens of classical radio stations.
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Barenboim Leaving La Scala after 9 Years

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The outgoing La Scala music director says he will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.
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The Message of Jessye Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 21, soprano Jessye Norman was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th luncheon in the grand ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
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Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court gave the company a Dec. 18 deadline.
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Bayreuth Festival Opts for a Less Provocative Parsifal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Days after the Bayreuth Festival parted ways with the theatrical provocateur Jonathan Meese over his planned production of Parsifal, the festival announced a replacement.
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Arias at 34,000 feet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Flyers often take refuge in inflight entertainment to pass the time when sleeping proves impossible. But blogger Fred Plotkin finds the classical music offerings variable.
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Met Opera Ends Season with $22 Million Deficit

Friday, November 21, 2014

But the opera company said Thursday that steps including new labor contracts are expected to bring in enough savings to balance the budgets in 2015 and 2016.
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Smartphone App, Tweet Seats Add Interactivity to Philadelphia Concert Halls

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously.
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The Spirit of Martin Waldron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the legacy of Martin Waldron, an only-in-New York character whose stately Brooklyn townhouse was a haven for opera stars and noble actors.
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Special Webcast: The Death of Klinghoffer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tune in to the Operavore stream Thursday at 7 pm and Friday at 5 pm for a full webcast of "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman.  
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Michaela Martens, Who Plays Marilyn Klinghoffer, Spreads Her Musical Wings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you need to take anyone's word about the unorthodox performing challenges faced by the cast of the Metropolitan Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer, let it be Michaela Martens.
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Putting a Lid on Over-the-Top Rossini Productions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rossini productions have suffered—especially the comedies—because the performance style, has become overemphatic, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's how to fix them.
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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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