Lyric Opera of Chicago Goes on the Couch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Second City comedy troupe is teaming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to produce short films about a therapist named Dr. Opera who counsels famous opera characters. Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Freedom, at the Opera and Everywhere Else

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pop music has addressed the concept of freedom in many different ways, writes Fred Plotkin. "In opera, freedom is described in ways that are more indirect but also more profound."

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How Political Conventions are Similar to Opera

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the fall political conventions now over, blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the similarities between these staged spectacles and those involving arias, divas and high musical drama.

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Ten Recordings We're Looking Forward to This Fall

Friday, September 07, 2012

From a Mario Lanza tribute to a new Don Giovanni, there are also a number of recordings to devour before winter. Here are ten albums blogger Olivia Giovetti is most looking forward to hearing this fall.

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Remembering the Great Leonie Rysanek

Thursday, September 06, 2012

"There are singers who touch audience members very deeply for any number of reasons," writes Fred Plotkin. "For me, one of those was the Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek."

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Fifteen Performances to Catch this Fall

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This fall, Emperor Titus returns to the Met, Philip Glass returns to BAM, Simon Keenlyside returns to Berg and VOX returns to City Opera. Here are our picks for the upcoming New York opera season.

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Mooning Over Opera

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

In operas, the moon has come to signal lunacy in mad scenes, represent expressions of love and suggest the darker forces within characters. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers why the moon is such a force.

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Who Should Receive the Kennedy Center Honors?

Friday, August 31, 2012

In a few days, if customary schedules are upheld, we will learn the names of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Blogger Fred Plotkin names artists who have been overlooked or deserve recognition.

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Passion Plays: Joan of Arc on the Opera Stage

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joan of Arc has been portrayed as a villainess by Shakespeare, an angel by George Bernard Shaw, and has seen her share of operatic representation, figuring into more than 20 works, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Celebrating Tenor Richard Tucker

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Richard Tucker would have been 99 on Tuesday. Blogger Fred Plotkin writes that "even when he was 60, his singing was fresh, musical and expressive and audiences loved him."

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Richard Tucker Day: Select Events

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York honors native son and renowned opera star Richard Tucker—who would have been 99 today—with a citywide celebration to kick off his centenary year.

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Operatic Clarinet and Episodic Mass at Mostly Mozart

Monday, August 27, 2012

This year's Mostly Mozart Festival went out more with a sigh than a bang, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. And yet, "it was no less absorbing; an intriguing send-off to a festival that centered on the influence of birdsong."

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Planet Opera: An Alpine Symphony at the Verbier Festival

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Verbier Festival, held in a small French-Swiss town high in the Alps, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the summer of 2013. It has become, in a relatively short period of time, one of the most important events on the annual calendar of not-to-miss musical events, right up there with the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the BBC Proms in London.

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Mark Morris's Four Best Uses of Baroque Music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Choreographer Mark Morris has made memorable dances out of works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel and Purcell, among others. Olivia Giovetti looks at why he's got such a thing for the Baroque.

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Nine Operatic Tweeters to Follow

Monday, August 20, 2012

Social media trends come and go (remember Friendster?), but Twitter remains a stalwart presence. With that in mind, we take a look at some of opera's best tweeters.

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When Women Sing More Than One Role in the Same Opera

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This second article of a two part series focuses on female singers, such as Leonie Rysanek.

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Three Legendary Sopranos Play Verdi's Woman on the Verge

Friday, August 17, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we hear three legendary sopranos in memorable performances of three decisive scenes from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

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When Men Sing More Than One Role in the Same Opera

Friday, August 17, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This first article of a two part series focuses on male singers, such as Plácido Domingo.

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When Books Are Made Into Operas

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With a new batch of book adaptations for the cinema always in Hollywood development, blogger Olivia Giovetti compares the "no rules" process of film and operatic adaptations.

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No Roses or Rosaries for Carmen and Carmélites

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes a look at two new productions of Carmen and Carmélites from indie East Village Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.

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