Tuesday, September 03, 2013
While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
With summer winding down, Operavores are busy digging out agendas and writing in musical dates. Here are our picks for New York’s most enticing vocal and operatic events in 2013–14.
Monday, August 26, 2013
They are Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Kazan, Russia, and Ao Li, bass-baritone from Dezhou, China.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Richard Angas, a beloved veteran of British opera, spent his final moments giving one last performance as an operatic bass.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
If it wasn’t Tchaikovsky, it may never have come up. But suddenly, opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev now find themselves in an awkward circumstance.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
"It’s exciting in a way but ultimately it just doesn’t grab me," said host David Garland on Movies on the Radio.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Racks of dresses sat in the middle of the stage while costumed mannequins hung in mid air in the Mostly Mozart production of Marriage of Figaro. David Patrick Stearns had a look and offers his review.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Miss out on summer festivals? These recent DVDs allow you to revel in the glorious sights and sounds without doing battle with the crowds or the high prices.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Regina Resnik, the Bronx-born mezzo-soprano, died on Thursday in New York. Listen to an archival interview with Resnik from 1972.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.