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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Warm Up: Thomas Hampson is a 'Cheap Drunk,' but Never on a Show Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In the latest installment of Operavore's "Warm Up" series, Thomas Hampson reveals his secret to mediating his big thoughts with big roles.

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Opera Competitions: How Do Judges Judge?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As this post was being written, nine young singers are preparing for one of the most important days of their careers. Read on to find out why.

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The Top 10 Film Directors Who Should Be Working in Opera

Monday, March 12, 2012

In a season where more directorial vision is needed at certain opera houses, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at film directors leading operas and names her top ten picks for active artists to enter virgin territory.

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The Haussmannization of Opera

Friday, March 09, 2012

Laurent Pelly's Pelly’s production of Massenet's Manon, set to arrive at the Metropolitan Opera later this month, finds its inspiration in the architecture of France’s Second Empire (1852–70), writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Planet Opera: Unlocking the Operatic Potential of South Africa

Thursday, March 08, 2012

South Africa has produced some extraordinary singers but it has yet generate a major homegrown opera. Fred Plotkin considers the potential of an opera "flavored with the cadences of Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."

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Operavore Special: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On Sunday at 1 pm, Operavore presents a full production of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's hilarious and affecting opera in a production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Trafficking Jam

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

With what many are billing the world's first human trafficking opera opening tonight, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the longstanding trend of exploitation—sexual and otherwise—in the genre.

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A Role of One’s Own: Kiri Te Kanawa

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Te Kanawa, who turns 68 on Tuesday, is an example of a singer who knew how to pick roles that perfectly suited her, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Beyond the Violin, Vivaldi's Virtuosic Fireworks

Monday, March 05, 2012

In the wake of Vivaldi's 334th birthday, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at the composer's considerable vocal canon, often overlooked for his violin concertos.

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For Patricia Racette, Life is (also) a Cabaret

Friday, March 02, 2012

"I don’t see the worlds of classical/opera and “pop”/Broadway as separated by a wall but as sitting on the same gorgeous field in different zones that sometimes overlap," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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Old-Time Religion Lives in the Met's Khovanshchina

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Curiously enough, with an all-star Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian cast, the biggest name in the Met’s revival of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina is a Frenchman," writes Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Warm Up: Ildar Abdrazakov Alternates between Angry Monarchs and Angry Birds

Monday, February 27, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm-Up, Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov tells blogger Olivia Giovetti about how he balances a pre-show routine when starring alongside his opera star wife.

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With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Monday, February 27, 2012

Even while absent from the conductor's podium, Music Director James Levine's presence is nonetheless still felt in The Metropolitan Opera's upcoming programs. Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his highlights.

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