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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The Jesus and Opera Chain

Friday, May 11, 2012

With three musicals currently on Broadway featuring depictions of Jesus, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the religious figure's relative absence from the opera stage—for now, at least.

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Planet Opera: In Zurich, Tolerance Fosters Creativity

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From Wagner to Joyce, Zurich, Switzerland has long welcomed creative types with strong viewpoints, writes Fred Plotkin. It's not because of its vaunted neutrality but its spirit of tolerance.

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Beyond 'The Planets,' a Host of Musical Identities in Holst

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gustav Holst may be best-known for his orchestral suite The Planets but he has a host of operas to his name written over the course of his life. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers the merits of two standouts.

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How a Singer Prepares a Role

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The preparation of a single operatic role can take months or years as singers learn languages, acting, history, movement and make myriad emotional connections to the roles," writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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Opera's Youth in Revolt

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The problems of opera in the 21st Century have nothing to do with age and everything to do with maturity," writes Olivia Giovetti, who considers a production called The Armida Project.

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Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-Winning Silent Night from Minnesota

Friday, May 04, 2012

Tuesday at 7 pm on Operavore, Jeff Spurgeon talks with composer Kevin Puts about his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night. Following the interview, we bring you the Minnesota Opera's complete performance.

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In Praise of Sir Georg Solti

Friday, May 04, 2012

This year is the birth centennial of Sir Georg Solti. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin profiles the famous conductor. 

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Reanimating 'Butterfly'

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti looks at the connection between opera and the world of anime and manga, in light of a new production of Madama Butterfly that fuses both.

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The Sun Yat-Sen Also Rises

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti puts the political controversies aside to examine the musical value of Huang Ruo's controversial opera, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

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