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.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A present-day sorcerer, a rising star, a beloved veteran, and Schubert-inspired Yiddishkeit: Operavores who enjoy great Lieder singing will find much to savor in these recent releases.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
There's a new opera premiering this month called Steal a Pencil for Me. It's about a real-life Jewish couple from the Netherlands who survived the Holocaust.
Friday, April 26, 2013
There is a subset of orchestral composers who wrote gorgeous songs and had a clear understanding of the human voice, writes Fred Plotkin. One was Mahler. Another is Edvard Grieg.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Harry Bicket, the British star of the early music movement, is to be the next chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera, starting in October.