Après Missy Mazzoli, le Deluge

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Composer Missy Mazzoli’s world, writes Operavore Olivia Giovetti, "is a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere. It may be overwhelming to live there permanently, but it’s a hell of a place to visit." Find out why in Giovetti's review of the world premiere of Song from the Uproar, now playing at the Kitchen.

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Kaija Saariaho Takes Manhattan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall this year. Her much-admired body of work includes the operas L’Amour de loin and Adriana Mater. Blogger Fred Plotkin spoke with her about her upcoming engagement.

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Eric Owens Gives Alberich a Therapy Session at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A regular presence on the opera stage, bass-baritone Eric Owens made his Carnegie Hall recital debut with a surprisingly dark program that featured lieder by Wolf, Schumann and Schubert.

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Opera and Tea Prove a Strong Brew

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sipping a flavorful tea and enjoying an opera are mutually compatible activities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. One composer has even written an opera on the subject.

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The Met's Loss is City Opera's Gain with Prima Donna

Monday, February 20, 2012

Commissioned by the Met and then dropped four years ago, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna opened Sunday in a performance by the beleaguered New York City Opera. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto and Luca Pisaroni: Lessons of Youth and Experience

Friday, February 17, 2012

One is a veteran artist who gets better all the time; the other is a young singer whose immense gifts and potential suggest he might achieve comparable things, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Real Opera World: Brooklyn

Friday, February 17, 2012

With City Opera at BAM during the house's 150th anniversary, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the Academy's longstanding relationship with opera, and notes that BAM often beat its Lincoln Center counterparts to the punch.

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Everybody Loves Marco

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marco Armiliato will set a Metropolitan Opera record this week by leading six operas in six days, the highest number ever in a single week by one conductor. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the feat.

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The Top Operatic Couples On- and Offstage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With Valentine's Day bringing a romantic air, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti names five of opera's hottest onstage and offstage couples.

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A Shrinking Violet Gains Some Strength in New York City Opera's La Traviata

Monday, February 13, 2012

City Opera has unveiled its comeback performance of La traviata. Blogger Olivia Giovetti asks whether or not this will sustain the company or if it will succumb to its fiscal consumption.

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The Shoulders On Which They Stand

Friday, February 10, 2012

The trailblazing African-American tenor George Shirley recently wrote an essay on race in opera that serves as a reminder of the opera field's past inequities and potential for progress, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Which Operas Actually Need New Recordings?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

With the Grammys upon us this weekend, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks once again at the opera category and asks what works could actually do with new recordings.

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John Williams and Alban Berg: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

With John Williams's 80th birthday and Alban Berg's 127th, blogger Olivia Giovetti considers how the two composers approached borrowing and pastiche.

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Realism vs. Racism: Opera's Casting Call

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A scholarly book looks at the many depictions of people "of color" in opera, including the thorny stage practice in which performers apply heavy makeup to play leading roles such as Otello and Aïda. Fred Plotkin considers.

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The Top 10 Rossini Operas You Probably Haven't Heard

Monday, February 06, 2012

Rossini's William Tell and Barber of Seville are among the most popular operas of all time. But what about the other 37 in his catalog? Blogger Olivia Giovetti names the top ten rare Rossini operas.

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Meade is More in the Met's Ernani

Friday, February 03, 2012

The Met's revival of Verdi's seldom-heard Ernani is notable for a stentorian quartet of leads, but is regrettable for a somewhat tired production, writes Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Winners of Houston Grand Opera's 2012 McCollum Competition Announced

Friday, February 03, 2012

Second only to the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Grand Finals in importance, the Houston Grand Opera's 24th Eleanor McCollum Competition winners were announced Thursday night following its annual concert of arias.

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What Do Opera Audiences Want? (Part Two)

Friday, February 03, 2012

Opera company managers must decide how to balance the wishes of audiences with the larger goal of moving the artform forward. Those two priorities are not always in sync, writes Fred Plotkin.

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What Do Opera Audiences Want?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"When outstanding singers appear in unfamiliar works, many current operagoers won’t buy tickets," observes Fred Plotkin. "This is a serious problem."

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Choose Your Own Operatic Philip Glass Adventure

Monday, January 30, 2012

Operavore Olivia Giovetti has devised a fail-proof flowchart to Philip Glass's recorded operas in honor of the composer's 75th birthday.

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