The Top 10 Film Directors Who Should Be Working in Opera

Monday, March 12, 2012

In a season where more directorial vision is needed at certain opera houses, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at film directors leading operas and names her top ten picks for active artists to enter virgin territory.

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The Haussmannization of Opera

Friday, March 09, 2012

Laurent Pelly's Pelly’s production of Massenet's Manon, set to arrive at the Metropolitan Opera later this month, finds its inspiration in the architecture of France’s Second Empire (1852–70), writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Planet Opera: Unlocking the Operatic Potential of South Africa

Thursday, March 08, 2012

South Africa has produced some extraordinary singers but it has yet generate a major homegrown opera. Fred Plotkin considers the potential of an opera "flavored with the cadences of Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."

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Operavore Special: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On Sunday at 1 pm, Operavore presents a full production of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's hilarious and affecting opera in a production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Trafficking Jam

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

With what many are billing the world's first human trafficking opera opening tonight, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the longstanding trend of exploitation—sexual and otherwise—in the genre.

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A Role of One’s Own: Kiri Te Kanawa

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Te Kanawa, who turns 68 on Tuesday, is an example of a singer who knew how to pick roles that perfectly suited her, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Beyond the Violin, Vivaldi's Virtuosic Fireworks

Monday, March 05, 2012

In the wake of Vivaldi's 334th birthday, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at the composer's considerable vocal canon, often overlooked for his violin concertos.

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For Patricia Racette, Life is (also) a Cabaret

Friday, March 02, 2012

"I don’t see the worlds of classical/opera and “pop”/Broadway as separated by a wall but as sitting on the same gorgeous field in different zones that sometimes overlap," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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Old-Time Religion Lives in the Met's Khovanshchina

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Curiously enough, with an all-star Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian cast, the biggest name in the Met’s revival of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina is a Frenchman," writes Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Warm Up: Ildar Abdrazakov Alternates between Angry Monarchs and Angry Birds

Monday, February 27, 2012

In the latest installment of Warm-Up, Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov tells blogger Olivia Giovetti about how he balances a pre-show routine when starring alongside his opera star wife.

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With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Monday, February 27, 2012

Even while absent from the conductor's podium, Music Director James Levine's presence is nonetheless still felt in The Metropolitan Opera's upcoming programs. Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his highlights.

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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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