Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Thursday, June 07, 2012

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.

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When Opera Companies Place Audiences in the Action

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Opera companies have presented Puccini’s Il Tabarro on an oil tanker, a setting of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in a Brooklyn park and Fidelio in a prison. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the power of site-specific works.

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Theater of Voices

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a new release by Robert Hollingworth's ensemble I Fagiolini, which reconstructs a Gabrieli work and places Viadana in the context of Monteverdi.

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Gloriana: An Opera Fit for a Queen

Monday, June 04, 2012

Although no new music has been composed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, taking place this week, an opera by Benjamin Britten deserves to be revived for the occasion, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Bawdy, if Inconsistent, Carmina Burana arrives at the Philharmonic

Friday, June 01, 2012

A cadre of soloists and vocal artists make this weekend's New York Philharmonic performances of Falla and Orff enticing. Read on for Olivia Giovetti's review.

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Exit Music: Choosing Your Final Playlist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?

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Warm Up: Nicholas Phan Goes from Page to Stage

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Before singing Carmina Burana this weekend with the New York Philharmonic, tenor Nicholas Phan will indulge in yoga, Bach and writing. Read on for more in the newest installment of our Warm Up series.

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When Verdi was Savaged by the Censors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Verdi's operas — with their themes of anti-authoritarianism and democracy spelled danger for the various governments that controlled the occupied Italy in the mid 19th century.

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Six Reasons to Stay Local This Summer

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer in classical music usually involves a lot of travel. But as blogger Olivia Giovetti reveals, choice vocal offerings can be found this summer at Lincoln Center, Caramoor and the Bard Festival.

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The Cleveland Orchestra Goes Dark with Salome

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nine Stemme and Eric Owens offered standout performances in Thursday's concert performance of Strauss's Salome by the Cleveland Orchestra. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the rainy-night performance.

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Top 10 Most Miserable Opera Characters

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Misery loves company, which leaves it in good, well, company in the world of opera. Read on for Olivia Giovetti's ten most miserable characters in the canon, and leave your own nominations.

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A Bountiful Falstaff Gets Everything Right

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A new production of Verdi's Falstaff at London's Royal Opera House updates the setting to 1950s England in a way that is "fresh, vibrant and relevant" writes Fred Plotkin.

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A Princely Encounter with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's death last week reminded blogger Fred Plotkin of "an indelible day in 1976, when my path crossed with the baritone in the most amusing way." Here's what happened.

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The Life Operatic with Wes Anderson

Monday, May 21, 2012

With Wes Anderson's newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, set to open this Friday, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the operatic overtones set by the film director.

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Leading Interpreter of Lieder and Opera, Dies at 86

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, hailed as one of the great interpreters of lieder of the last century, died early Friday in the Bavarian Alps.

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Who Should Direct an Opera Production?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Opera company directors often speak of a need for fresh theatrical values. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "'fresh values' only work if the director is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about opera."

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Recording Roundup: Gloom, Doom and Some Luscious Lieder

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at some new lieder album releases, contrasted against some plucky opera recordings now available.

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Coughy Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Classical concert-going is sometimes criticized as too formal and rigid. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes that more restraint is needed when it comes to one common audience affliction: uninhibited coughing.

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City Opera Revives Telemann (and Itself) with Orpheus

Monday, May 14, 2012

To round out its first season away from Lincoln Center, New York City Opera has unveiled Telemann's Orpheus. Blogger Olivia Giovetti traveled to Spanish Harlem to hear the results.

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Experiments in Opera Reopens its Laboratory with Some Mad Musical Scientists

Monday, May 14, 2012

Experiments in Opera, a composer-driven collective, presented its spring series last week. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the results, which featured laugh tracks, graphic novels and radio transmitters.

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