Scratch-and-Win to Support Opera Companies?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An interesting option to help nonprofit arts organizations with particular needs is through a state or federal lottery, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.
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Met Opera Names 2015 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tune in tonight at 8 pm for the largest talent contest in American opera, the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, recorded in March.
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Met Museum's Marble Statues 'Star' in New Opera

Friday, March 20, 2015

The marble statues in the Met Museum's Vélez Blanco Patio are the stars of a new site-specific "video opera" based on La Celestina.
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In Opera, If the Shoe Fits...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are reasons why opera singers need practical shoes, from daunting stage steps to sexy legs and short tenors. Fred Plotkin considers the role of footwear in opera.
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Should New York City Opera Be Revived?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is there a future for the New York City Opera or should it just be left to blessed memory? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the current efforts to revive the company's name.
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NYC Opera Suitors Seek to Establish Themselves with Star-Filled Gala

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New York City Opera Renaissance held a star-filled gala tribute to the late conductor Julius Rudel at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater Monday night.
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Call Waiting: Anna Caterina Antonacci

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Anna Caterina Antonacci has had a thriving career in Europe but remains under the radar in the U.S. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers roles that would help her break through.
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Video: Operatic Dance Piece Filmed Inside Giant Particle Collider

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Large Hadron Collider has played host to a grand conceptual performance that combined opera, dance and physics. Watch the video.
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Singers' Union Warns of Potential for Lockout at Chicago Lyric Opera

Monday, March 09, 2015

The union representing singers, dancers and producers at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has warned artists and their agents to prepare for a work stoppage.
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Dining Democratically at the Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

How do restaurant offerings at opera houses stack up? Fred Plotkin has a taste, and says that "the goal should be to eat festively, comfortably and to prepare for a special night."
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Review: Handel's Semele Comes to BAM With Ming Dynasty Temple. And Sumo Wrestlers.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews this production by the Canadian Opera Company.
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Jonas Kaufmann Joins Carmen Sick List at Metropolitan Opera

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his Wednesday performance as Don José in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.
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Baritone Quinn Kelsey Wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quinn Kelsey, a baritone from Hawaii, has won the Beverly Sills Award, an annual $50,000 prize given by the Metropolitan Opera to young singers.
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The Wow Factor

Friday, February 27, 2015

There is a certain kind of “how did she do that?!” wow that voice cultists discuss when they hear sopranos hit a high F. Here are some other examples.
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Korean Opera Chief Resigns After 53 Days on The Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ye-jin Han, the director of the Korean National Opera, has stepped down after only 53 days on the job.
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Changes at Palm Beach Opera Bear Fruit

Monday, February 23, 2015

At a time in which there are so many stories of challenge for small opera companies, Palm Beach Opera appears to have successfully reinvented itself, writes Fred Plotkin.
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New Season, New Hopes at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fred Plotkin reviews the 2015-16 season announcement from the Metropolitan Opera and finds a lot to like.
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Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
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Mozart's Multicultural Opera Opens in Paris

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mozart's "Orientalist" opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio" recently opened in Paris. As Fred Plotkin writes, it avoided an agit-prop juxtaposition of cultural clash.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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