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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Ringside: Your Reviews of The Met’s Ring Cycle

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

As the Metropolitan Opera's Ring comes to an end next week, we’d like to give you a chance to share your thoughts on this massive undertaking. Give us your review in 300 words or less.

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Planet Opera: In Flanders, Cobbled Lanes and Cutting-Edge Opera

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Flanders is an essential part of Europe's opera scene, home to the Vlaamse Opera and the Flanders Festival, and the setting itself for a pair of major operas. Fred Plotkin reports on its musical riches.

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Downtown, Wotan Gets Ready to Rumble

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Performance Lab 115's take on Wagner's Ring Cycle transfers the 16-hour music drama to an '80s wrestling ring. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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The Greatest Opera You've Never Seen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We all love to talk about the operas that we have seen, but Olivia Giovetti believes it's more fun to talk about the operas we haven't seen. Share your confessions of oversights here!

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What Becomes a Legend Most?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In light of two new works based on Renaissance texts, blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders how much distance between event and art makes for an effective, historically-based opera.

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Die Another Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In composer Jacob Cooper's Commencer une Autre Mort which, shown on Wednesday at the MATA Festival, an iconic death scene in Bizet's Carmen is transformed. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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New York City Opera to Travel to BAM, City Center in 2013

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

After a dire financial crisis and a season roving the city's boroughs, New York City Opera will set down roots for its 2012-13 season, presenting two productions at City Center in midtown Manhattan.

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Young Adult Fiction Goes Dystopian, Opera Follows Suit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just as the film adaptation of The Hunger Games breaks box office records, Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel will be coming to an opera stage this month. It's the latest kids' novel to become an opera, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera's Winning Pajama Game

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mozart's Scipio’s Dream opened Wednesday night in a 10th anniversary production by Gotham Chamber Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti says it "retains its vitality."

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