In Arthur Miller's Plays, Subjects Are Operatic in Scope

Monday, May 09, 2016

WQXR
Though playwright Arthur Miller wasn't an opera fan, his plays are well suited to operatic adaptations, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Inside L.A. Opera's Young Artist Auditions

Friday, April 29, 2016

WQXR
Each year, talented singers audition for Los Angeles Opera's exclusive Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Fred Plotkin sat in on this year's proceedings.
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A Supporting Artist Who Steals the Show

Monday, April 25, 2016

WQXR
Maria Zifchak, a mezzo-soprano who's shined in character roles on the Metropolitan Opera stage "is in a class all of her own," writes Fred Plotkin.
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A Second 'Otello'? The Other Operas Inspired by Shakespeare

Friday, April 22, 2016

WQXR
Certainly you've heard of Verdi's 'Otello' and Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', but check out these lesser-known operas based on the same source material. 
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A Verdian Season in New York

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last week, New York experienced a flurry of events honoring the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Fred Plotkin, who attended them, considers the composer's legacy. 
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

WQXR
William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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James Levine Set to Retire from the Met

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WQXR
After a 45-year career at the Metropolitan Opera, the legendary maestro will become the organization's music director emeritus.
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How Old Is Too Old for the Opera Stage?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WQXR
Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers ageism in opera, and what singers facing the twilight of their careers can still offer in performances.
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Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Beverly Sills Award

Thursday, April 07, 2016

WQXR
The soprano, who made her Met debut last season, is the 11th recipient of the award and will receive $50,000 to help further her career. 
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Understanding Tragedy Through Art

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

WQXR
Fred Plotkin explores how art in its various forms can help provide clarity and meaning when the burden of great misfortunes and hardships becomes too difficult to bear.
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Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins 2016 Richard Tucker Award

Monday, April 04, 2016

WQXR
Houston-based soprano Tamara Wilson, known for her portrayal of Verdi's heroines, is the recipient of the annual award with its $50,000 prize.
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Living and Learning with 'Madama Butterfly'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin examines the way in which certain operas change and grow on us as time passes. He remembers how Madama Butterfly changed for him.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 2

Friday, March 18, 2016

In the second half of his series looking at today's top young opera singers, Fred Plotkin unveils the names of 25 of his favorite upcoming female vocalists.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares forty opera singers who merit your attention. In the first of two articles, he lists fifteen of his favorite male singers.
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When Struggling Songbirds Set Social Media Atwitter

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares his advice for younger generation opera singers about social media.
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The Fabric of Memory: Preserving Met Opera History

Friday, March 04, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin traces the history of the Metropolitan Opera archives and touches upon the importance of preserving institutional memories.
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Sarasota Opera: Parma on the Gulf of Mexico

Monday, February 29, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin visits Sarasota, Florida and reports on its rich culture and opera music scene.
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'The Shining' Brings the Overlook Hotel to the Opera Stage

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WQXR
Stephen King's novel, The Shining, has been adapted into an opera that will premiere this spring; David Patrick Stearns previews the production.  
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Catching Up with June LeBell

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin catches up with June LeBell, who made history as the first female on-air host of a commercial classical radio station at WQXR, where she served for 30 years.
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