What Becomes a Legend Most?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In light of two new works based on Renaissance texts, blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders how much distance between event and art makes for an effective, historically-based opera.

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Die Another Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In composer Jacob Cooper's Commencer une Autre Mort which, shown on Wednesday at the MATA Festival, an iconic death scene in Bizet's Carmen is transformed. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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New York City Opera to Travel to BAM, City Center in 2013

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

After a dire financial crisis and a season roving the city's boroughs, New York City Opera will set down roots for its 2012-13 season, presenting two productions at City Center in midtown Manhattan.

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Young Adult Fiction Goes Dystopian, Opera Follows Suit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just as the film adaptation of The Hunger Games breaks box office records, Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel will be coming to an opera stage this month. It's the latest kids' novel to become an opera, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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Amid Holy Days, Anna Caterina Antonacci Casts a Spell

Monday, April 09, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her long-overdue New York recital debut on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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In the Met's Traviata Revival, the Lady Vanishes

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's revival of Willy Decker's controversial La traviata, finding the story revamped and reimagined through both directorial vision and some last-minute casting changes.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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The Art of the Comeback

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay, two singers plagued by vocal setbacks in recent years, have new albums out. Can they mount a return to form? Find out in Olivia Giovetti's review.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Pleasure Supplements Vision in the Met's New Manon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's easy to find fault in the Metropolitan Opera's new Manon, but why bother, argues Olivia Giovetti, who notes that the pure vocal beauty of the opening night performance makes up for the production's shortcomings.

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Jules Massenet, Ready for Rediscovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

This year marks the centennial of Massenet's death and the French composer is being honored with a new Met production of Manon, as well as new books and an exhibit in Paris. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports.

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A Gesamtkunstwerk Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in the midst of its first season as a touring ensemble. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews their latest concert of Brooklyn-themed works.

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