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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Is This Seat Taken?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Who owns seats—full or empty—in concert halls and opera houses? Do they belong to the theater? The ticket-holder? And does that make a difference if you're switching a seat? Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers these questions.

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Planet Opera: At Milan's La Scala, Opulence Amid Austerity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Scala, despite its famous history of temperamental divas and conductors and its frequent labor strife, also reminds us of the dignity, the glory and the sheer visceral thrill of opera, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Best of 2011 in Opera

Monday, December 19, 2011

In a season of Best-Of lists, Operavore Olivia Giovetti names her own picks for standouts of 2011. Find out what made the cut, and leave your own nominations in the comments.

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Warm Up: Iestyn Davies Applies Practical Magic to His Falsetto

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the latest of our Warm-Up series, Olivia Giovetti talks to Iestyn Davies about how a countertenor prepares his voice for a performance -- and doesn't mind a few jokes along the way.

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Zeffirelli's Bohèmians Turn 30

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème. This production, more than any other, changed operagoing at the Met, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Anthony Amato, Impresario of Small Grand Opera, Dies at 91

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Anthony Amato, co-founder of the Amato Opera, died on Tuesday. For over six decades, his company was a fixture on the downtown arts scene.

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Inheriting the Wind

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With James Levine's departure from the Met an imminent inevitability, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at several possibilities for his successor.

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The Joy of Text

Monday, December 12, 2011

As long as words, whether in printed notes or projected titles, are part of opera- and concert-going, we need to think about better, more meaningful ways to integrate them into performances, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Silver Screen Wagner Vies for Oscar Gold

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The music and imagery of Wagner turns up in two Oscar frontrunners: Melancholia and A Dangerous Method. Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers their respective merits.

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The Wound That Does Not Heal

Friday, December 09, 2011

How does illness or disability affect creative and performing artists? As blogger Fred Plotkin writes, this question has confronted artists from Mahler and Britten to James Levine and Thomas Quasthoff.

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The Operavore 2011 Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Does the opera buff on your shopping list prefer early music or Russian romantics? How about a Wagner set? Here's five acts worth of CDs and DVDs to make spirits bright.

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What's Ailing Opera in America?

Monday, December 05, 2011

In the past few years, several opera companies have shut their doors, seemingly due to a lack of funding. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers whether it's due to the Great Recession, or part of a larger trend.

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An Honor Just to Be Nominated

Monday, December 05, 2011

This year's operatic Grammy Award nominees are a motley assortment, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. While she finds much to admire in each recording, she wonders what purpose this award ultimately serves.

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Encores Gone Wild

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The encore has shifted from a spontaneous treat to a "dessert expected to follow dinner," even if the meal was five courses long and washed down with a heavy red wine, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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