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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The Not-So-Merry Widow

Friday, June 29, 2012

Silent film isn’t exactly the sort of medium you’d imagine to be a bespoke fit to opera, but in the hands of a 40-year-old Erich von Stroheim, Léhar’s The Merry Widow finds a unique, if not new, lease on life.

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Planet Opera: In Brussels, Culture Takes an Adventurous Path

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To many, Brussels brings to mind quarreling constituents in a large bureaucracy. But the city has a compelling musical scene that does not reveal itself as insistently as other cities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No, we're not talking about Pagliacci – that’s by Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana isn’t one of them either – that’s by Mascagni.

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The American (Operatic) Dream Resonates in LBJ Oratorio

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

In the wake of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuting on HBO and in advance of July 4th, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a recent work by Steven Stucky about the LBJ administration.

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Dining With Caruso Near the Old Met

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A delightful exhibition of old New York restaurants recently opened at the New York Public Library. It reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the tenor Enrico Caruso, who loved food and frequented the restaurants around the Old Met.

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Caught in the Crossover: OperaBabes and Embracing Guilty Pleasures

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

With a new release from the Opera Babes, Olivia Giovetti looks at the malleable term "guilty pleasure," especially when it comes to classical music.

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There's Something About Francesca

Friday, June 22, 2012

With the temperature already cranked up, the Princeton Festival goes even hotter and descends into hell this weekend with Rachmaninoff’s 1904 opera Francesca da Rimini based on the fifth canto of Dante’s The Inferno and starring soprano Caroline Worra.

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Unsung Singers: Sandrine Piau Conjures a Spirit of Intimacy and Romance

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.

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