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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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 Season

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera announced the line-up for its 2016-2017 season. Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts on what to love about it.
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Review: Met's WWII-Era 'Manon Lescaut' Offers Mixed Bag

Saturday, February 13, 2016

WQXR
Roberto Alagna, replacing Jonas Kaufmann, joins Kristine Opolais in an uneven production of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' at the Metropolitan Opera.
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The Vienna State Opera: Mission Possible

Friday, February 12, 2016

How does the Vienna State Opera manage fifty operas and ten ballets a year at a third of the budget of the Met? Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts.
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Waltzing Through Ball Season in Vienna

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin attends the Opera Ball held in Vienna this year and describes how checking off this "bucket list" item was a dream come true.
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Finding Peace in Salzburg

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ten years after his first report from Mozart Woche, Fred Plotkin explains what has and hasn't changed in the city at what can be described as a Mozart bonanza fest.
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The Enigmas of Turandot

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains the many layers of enigmas within Turandot, including those in the plot and those in the characters.
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LA Opera Highlights Living Composers in 2016-2017 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
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Plácido Domingo: An Appreciation of a Man of Many Parts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin pays tribute to Plácido Domingo who at present has performed 145 different operatic parts in over 3700 performances.
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To Bis or Not to Bis: Should Encores Be Permitted During Operas?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

To 'Bis' or not to 'Bis', that is the question that Fred Plotkin asks in this blog post for Operavore.
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