Frederick Delius: Apostle of Romance, Emotion and Beauty

Friday, January 20, 2012

He is a composer who had no notable success until he was well into his forties, one who is largely forgotten as the 150th anniversary of his birth approaches. But don't let that dissuade you from Frederick Delius.

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Warm Up: Danielle de Niese Plugs In

Friday, January 20, 2012

How does a soprano get ready for a big performance? For Danielle de Niese, it involves sleeping really late, vitamins, stretching, pasta and pop tunes on her iPod.

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Mariusz Kwiecien Explores Moody Slavic Roles

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As Q2 Music focuses on new Polish music this week, Operavore bloggre and Q2 host Olivia Giovetti turns reviews Krakow-born baritone Mariusz Kwiecien's debut album, Slavic Heroes.

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Met Creates a Perfect Storm in Enchanted Island

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Many producers believe they have to give an opera a spin or a concept to make it “relevant.” That's what makes The Enchanted Island so different, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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An Overabundance of Boutique Opera

Monday, January 16, 2012

"The beauty of New York is that there is no shortage of opera," writes blogger Olivia Giovetti, who looks at the multitude of boutique companies giving performances in New York over the next two weeks.

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Seasonally-Appropriate Opera Programming

Friday, January 13, 2012

Are some works better suited to different seasons? Does Mozart go best with summer breezes and Britten the budding of springtime? Blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the psychology of opera programming.

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The Top 10 Roles We'd Like to See Domingo Take on Next

Thursday, January 12, 2012

With Plácido Domingo's newest role under his belt and the tenor's 71st birthday approaching, blogger Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for the next additions to his CV.

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Thomas Quasthoff to Retire from Concert Stage

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After nearly 40 years on the concert scene, German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff has decided to retire from singing due to health reasons.

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Warm Up: Roberto Alagna Gets Physical—and Spiritual

Monday, January 09, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm Up, we talk to Roberto Alagna to see how the star tenor plays through the pain. And we get the skinny on his idiosyncratic, bilingual vocalizations.

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Follow the Lieder

Friday, January 06, 2012

In light of the heavy use of Schubert in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the operatic leanings of the composer's 600-plus lieder on film.

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Planet Opera: La Scala Captures Italian Zeitgeist in New Don Giovanni

Thursday, January 05, 2012

La Scala, the theater whose stage was the launching pad for a political movement that led to Italy’s becoming a nation, is still at the center of things, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Navigating Choppy Dramatic Waters to Find a Musical Oasis

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews The Enchanted Island, arguing that it may be one of the Met’s musically strongest performances in quite some time, which only underscores the pastiche's dramatic shortcomings.

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When the Fourth Wall Comes Tumbling Down

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Last week, René Pape broke character to deliver a devilish ad-lib in the Met's Faust. Blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders if this was "amateur hour stuff" or the continuation of a long line of operatic pranks.

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Good Music, and the Other Kind

Monday, January 02, 2012

Only three of the 75 works voted on in the 2011 Classical Countdown could be called operatic. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers this dearth of vocal pieces and exhorts us to "listen without prejudice."

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Warm Up: Luca Pisaroni Trades Cadenzas for Canines

Saturday, December 31, 2011

How does Luca Pisaroni fill the torturous hours between wake-up and curtain up? Lots of naps, lots of running and lots of time with his four-legged friends. Read on for more in the latest installment of Warm Up.

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New Year's Menu: Pasticcio at the Opera and in the Kitchen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

In anticipation of the world premiere of The Enchanted Island, the new pasticcio (pastiche) at the Metropolitan Opera, a question emerges: just what is a pasticcio?

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The Top 10 Operatic Drinking Songs

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sidle up to a sidecar, take a Manhattan or just unwind with a wine as we get into the New Year's spirit with a countdown of opera's ten best drinking tunes.

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Why Opera Boston's Closing Should Really Scare New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the abrupt closing of Opera Boston and the precedent it sets for the similarly-beleaguered New York City Opera.

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Berlin's Operatic Rule of Three

Monday, December 26, 2011

Opera fans in Berlin can have their pick of three major opera houses, each with distinctive approaches to tradition. Blogger Olivia Giovetti recently sampled the offerings and gives her report.

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Christmas at the Opera

Friday, December 23, 2011

Certain operas seem like a natural fit for holiday time, writes Fred Plotkin, from Hansel and Gretel to Rimsky-Korsakov's unjustly forgotten Christmas Eve.

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