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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Met's Götterdämmerung: Raging Against the Machine

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The final installment in the Met's new production of Wagner's Ring cycle opened on Friday. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti questions the production's longevity despite its technical pomp and circumstance.

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Big Voices on the Silent Screen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

With The Artist leading the pack for Oscar nominations, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes a look at the longstanding ties between opera and silent film.

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Nannerl Mozart: Born Too Soon

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today is the 256th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But who remembers his sister, Nannerl, who was an aspiring musician who lived in her brother's shadow?

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The Top 10 Mad Scenes in Opera

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As Anna Bolena returns to the Met next month, blogger Olivia Giovetti considers its pivotal mad scene and names ten others that have made their mark on the history of opera.

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'The Last of the Toscaninis'

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It is one thing to be a famous, historical figure and quite another to be that person's relative. Inevitably, their own destinies are affected by their association with their famous relations.

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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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