Monday, October 31, 2016
Human ashes in the orchestra pit this weekend caused the Met to halt one performance and cancelled another. Fred Plotkin explains what goes on during a performance cancellation.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Fred Plotkin retraces the paths of Wagner as he was writing Parsifal leading him Villa Rufolo where the composer found his inspiration for the operas second half.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
"This was not your typical glittering, socialite-oriented Met opening," writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of this much anticipated new production of "Tristan und Isolde."
Friday, September 09, 2016
David Patrick Stearns reviews the New York Opera's double bill of Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
As we get closer to the 2016 presidential election, Fred Plotkin investigates the candidates' stance — or lack thereof — on funding for the arts.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
'Everyone with any connection to music in New York encountered Bernstein,' writes Fred Plotkin, who shares his personal memories of the maestro in honor of his birthday.