The Masterful Music of the Master of Suspense

Monday, August 13, 2012

On the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's birth, Olivia Giovetti looks at how the famed film director transformed cinema into opera.

Read More

Comments [1]

What Our Music Collections Say About Us

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A home organization project prompts blogger Fred Plotkin to ask: What is the opera you have the most recordings of? Are there any operas you believe merit a new recording?

Read More

Comments [9]

The Top 10 Operas Set in England

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Olympics will soon draw to a close, Olivia Giovetti lingers in England (metaphorically speaking) to count down the top ten operas set in the country of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and James Bond.

Read More

Comments [16]

Opera, Come Rain or Come Shine

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

This summer has seen huge downpours interrupt several summer music festivals around the globe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the presence of rain storms off-stage and on (see: Rossini, Wagner).

Read More

Comments [7]

Freewheelin' and Freeloading in the Digital Age

Monday, August 06, 2012

The news that writer Jonah Lehrer fabricated portions of his latest book makes blogger Olivia Giovetti consider how commonplace appropriation and theft is in classical music and opera.

Read More

Comments [3]

Justice Ginsburg Weighs Legal Lessons of Opera

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It turns out lawyers and opera singers have more in common than booming voices and a love of melodrama.

Read More

Comments [1]

When Puccini Got the Willies

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The ballet Giselle was the inspiration for Puccini’s first opera, Le Villi. It could be argued that this work, seldom seen now, had a profound impact on how Puccini’s career would develop.

Read More

Comments [3]

People are Strange: Inside the Operatic World of the Brothers Quay

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Twin filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay are known for their stop-motion animation techniques. They've also put an enigmatic stamp on a handful of operas, as blogger Olivia Giovetti explains.

Read More

Comment

Disappearing Ink: How Opera Companies Conceal Singers' Tattoos

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Camouflaging tattoos on a Mimi, Violetta or Siegfried becomes a critical task in the age of HD broadcasts, when every ornament or imperfection is magnified by cameras.

Read More

Comments [26]

Sleuthing Singer Discovers Long Lost Aria by Cilea

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently encountered a lost aria from Francesco Cilea's 1897 opera L’Arlesiana. He tells blogger Fred Plotkin about his discovery.

Read More

Comments [1]

Bard Summerscape Rediscovers Chabrier's Le roi malgré lui

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chabrier's sprawling opera The King in Spite of Himself is getting a revival. Blogger Olivia Giovetti writes that it "will leave you gasping for air as you try to keep up."

Read More

Comments [1]

An Olympian Opera

Friday, July 27, 2012

What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.

Read More

Comments [1]

Send in the Cons

Friday, July 27, 2012

Most operas hinge on one form of con or another, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. Among the shadiest are Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, and especially, the Mozart-Daponte trilogy.

Read More

Comment

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.

Read More

Comments [7]

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?

Read More

Comments [25]

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.

Read More

Comments [7]

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.

Read More

Comments [4]

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.

Read More

Comments [13]

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.

Read More

Comments [1]

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.

Read More

Comments [3]