The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Pleasure Supplements Vision in the Met's New Manon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's easy to find fault in the Metropolitan Opera's new Manon, but why bother, argues Olivia Giovetti, who notes that the pure vocal beauty of the opening night performance makes up for the production's shortcomings.

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Jules Massenet, Ready for Rediscovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

This year marks the centennial of Massenet's death and the French composer is being honored with a new Met production of Manon, as well as new books and an exhibit in Paris. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports.

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A Gesamtkunstwerk Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in the midst of its first season as a touring ensemble. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews their latest concert of Brooklyn-themed works.

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Funny People

Friday, March 23, 2012

Where has contemporary comic opera gone over the last century? Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti tracks it down in Hollywood.

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The Diva (Part Three): Aretha Franklin, Soul Survivor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin, who will turn 70 on Sunday, "is as exciting, surprising and compelling as when I first heard her in 1967," reports Fred Plotkin, who heard the singer on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Opera at the Swipe of a Finger

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti takes the Met's new iPad app out for a test drive and looks at the current trend among arts organizations of making content available on-demand.

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Planet Opera: Torino, Italy's 'Other' Opera Capital

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Turin, or Torino, is the only city in Italy right now that rivals Milan when it comes to opera and symphonic music, writes Fred Plotkin. Its food, wine and feeling of sophistication make it worth a visit.

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At City Opera, an Uncozy Così With Some Qualified Rewards

Monday, March 19, 2012

"In his own way, Alden has created his own unsolvable enigma with his Così," writes Olivia Giovetti. Read on for her review of the director's take on Mozart's wife-swapping classic, now playing at City Opera.

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Planet Opera: Spinning Words into Music in Ireland

Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Irish are the best conversationalists I know," writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "They do not simply banter, but spin out words and phrases in whirling musical arcs that beguile the listener."

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Operas about Operas: Compelling or Confounding?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In light of Lyric Opera of Chicago's newest commission, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the tradition of operas about opera and its interpreters.

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Warm Up: Thomas Hampson is a 'Cheap Drunk,' but Never on a Show Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In the latest installment of Operavore's "Warm Up" series, Thomas Hampson reveals his secret to mediating his big thoughts with big roles.

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Opera Competitions: How Do Judges Judge?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As this post was being written, nine young singers are preparing for one of the most important days of their careers. Read on to find out why.

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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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