Wednesday, June 05, 2013
When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Giacomo Variations, a “chamber opera play” starring John Malkovich as the legendary lover, will have its US premiere. Marion Lignana Rosenberg reports.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Metropolitan Opera's resident ballet company is no more. The company has decided to disband the troupe, which has been dwindling in numbers, from 16 in 2011 to 8 presently.
Monday, May 20, 2013
After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The hardest-working maestro in show business returned to the podium on Sunday after a two-year absence. We look at why opera fans are so intrigued with James Levine.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Two current exhibits at the Met Museum prompt blogger Fred Plotkin to consider how "singers need to be taught how to wear costumes, not only for proper movement but for creation of character."
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf has faced mounting scrutiny for canceling a controversial Nazi-themed production of Wagner's Tannhäuser last week.
Friday, May 10, 2013
A documentary about the rehearsal for a new production of La Traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the French town's mix of charm and beauty.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
In opera, and not only, sisters are doing it for themselves. It seems that everywhere I look and listen lately, there is a suora, soeur, cесtра or schwester on an operatic stage. I am in the midst of attending my 47th complete Ring Cycle (yes, I know...) and am writing this just after hearing a musically gratifying performance of Die Walküre at the Met. Deborah Voigt has added colors and texture to her Walküre Brünnhilde since I first heard it two years ago. It is always heartening to see an artist who deepens her approach to a role rather then simply repeat what she has already done.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Elizabeth Bishop is expected to join the few who have sung two major roles in a single day at the Metropolitan Opera.