Four Fabulously Fiery Carmens

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, Driscoll explains the dynamic between the main characters in Carmen, and he identifies four memorable interpreters of the fiery gypsy.

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Is it Ethical to Take an Empty Seat in a Theater?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Plenty of us know the concert-going routine: an empty seat opens up in a better location and you pounce. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes this is problematic. Here's why.

Poll: Are empty seats yours to take?

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Singer Says Swastika Tattoo is ‘Not Political’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yevgeny Nikitin, the Russian singer who cancelled from the opening of Germany's famed Bayreuth Festival after it was discovered he had a swastika tattoo on his body, has explained his body art.

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Amy Winehouse's Operatic Lease on Life

Monday, July 23, 2012

One year after Amy Winehouse's death, Olivia Giovetti examines the soulful pop star's lasting legacy to the operatic world.

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Russian Quits Bayreuth Festival over Nazi Tattoos

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A baritone who was due to sing the lead role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth opera festival withdrew from the event Saturday.

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In the Lincoln Center Festival's 'Orpheus,' the Theater Has Its Double

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Pina Bausch's "Orpheus and Eurydice," which fuses opera with dance at the hands of the Paris Opera Ballet as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Planet Opera: Fairbanks, Alaska, Where Opera is a Force of Nature

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.

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Poll: Should Opera Singers Bare All?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A performance that includes nudity can still stir up controversy. But should it? Tell us what you think about nudity in opera and take our polls.

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Warm Up: Kate Aldrich Makes a Mean Risotto Before Bellini

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The day of a show is full of decisions for mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich, important decisions like: Radicchio or porcini mushrooms? With sausage or without?

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Nudity for Opera Buffs

Monday, July 16, 2012

From Salome to Samson et Delila to Wagner's Rheinmaidens, opera singers are occasionally asked to bare all. "As a general rule," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "nudity is fine if it is an integral part of the story."

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Operatic Sounds of Silence

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Between the Sheets: Favorite Books from Futral, Calleja, Luisi and More

Thursday, July 12, 2012

With summer beach reading season underway, we turn to some of today's top singers and conductors and ask: what’s your favorite book?

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Take Me Out to the Opera

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The All-Star Game is the baseball equivalent of an opera gala, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "The greatest practitioners of their craft gather in one place and give audiences pleasure and excitement."

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The Top 10 French Aria Recordings

Monday, July 09, 2012

With Bastille Day less than a week off, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the ten greatest French recital recordings.

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Spotlight: Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia Gets Its Moment

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.

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One-Person Shows: Star Vehicles but Compelling Drama?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Lincoln Center Festival is taking a lean approach to several of its dramatic and musical offerings this year, with a one-person play and operas for one or two people. Olivia Giovetti reports.

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Remembering Evelyn Lear, Soprano with Magnetic Presence

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

"I don’t think Verdi had much of a sense of humor," F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News tells us. Yet he went on to create one of opera's most important comedies.

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Warm Up: Noah Stewart Keeps Calm and Texts On

Monday, July 02, 2012

In the latest installment of our Warm Up series, tenor Noah Stewart reveals that he might be found on a show day in search of cufflinks.

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