Operavore Exclusive: Meet 2012 Richard Tucker Award Winner Ailyn Pérez

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Olivia Giovetti talks to the daughter of factory workers about being the first Hispanic singer to receive the honor.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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Amid Holy Days, Anna Caterina Antonacci Casts a Spell

Monday, April 09, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her long-overdue New York recital debut on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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In the Met's Traviata Revival, the Lady Vanishes

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's revival of Willy Decker's controversial La traviata, finding the story revamped and reimagined through both directorial vision and some last-minute casting changes.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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The Art of the Comeback

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay, two singers plagued by vocal setbacks in recent years, have new albums out. Can they mount a return to form? Find out in Olivia Giovetti's review.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Pleasure Supplements Vision in the Met's New Manon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's easy to find fault in the Metropolitan Opera's new Manon, but why bother, argues Olivia Giovetti, who notes that the pure vocal beauty of the opening night performance makes up for the production's shortcomings.

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Jules Massenet, Ready for Rediscovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

This year marks the centennial of Massenet's death and the French composer is being honored with a new Met production of Manon, as well as new books and an exhibit in Paris. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports.

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A Gesamtkunstwerk Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in the midst of its first season as a touring ensemble. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews their latest concert of Brooklyn-themed works.

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Funny People

Friday, March 23, 2012

Where has contemporary comic opera gone over the last century? Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti tracks it down in Hollywood.

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The Diva (Part Three): Aretha Franklin, Soul Survivor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin, who will turn 70 on Sunday, "is as exciting, surprising and compelling as when I first heard her in 1967," reports Fred Plotkin, who heard the singer on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Opera at the Swipe of a Finger

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes the Met's new iPad app out for a test drive and looks at the current trend among arts organizations of making content available on-demand.

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Planet Opera: Torino, Italy's 'Other' Opera Capital

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Turin, or Torino, is the only city in Italy right now that rivals Milan when it comes to opera and symphonic music, writes Fred Plotkin. Its food, wine and feeling of sophistication make it worth a visit.

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At City Opera, an Uncozy Così With Some Qualified Rewards

Monday, March 19, 2012

"In his own way, Alden has created his own unsolvable enigma with his Così," writes Olivia Giovetti. Read on for her review of the director's take on Mozart's wife-swapping classic, now playing at City Opera.

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Planet Opera: Spinning Words into Music in Ireland

Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Irish are the best conversationalists I know," writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "They do not simply banter, but spin out words and phrases in whirling musical arcs that beguile the listener."

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Operas about Operas: Compelling or Confounding?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In light of Lyric Opera of Chicago's newest commission, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the tradition of operas about opera and its interpreters.

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