Much Ado About Nothung

Friday, October 28, 2011

“I cannot mend Nothung!” laments Mime in the first scene of Siegfried. Unfortunately, with three-fourths of the Met’s Wagnerian saga now presented to the public, one begins to wonder if anyone can mend Robert Lepage’s occasionally striking, but mostly disappointing Ring.

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Hooked on Sonics

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A great opera can be loud but not overbearing. That's not the case in many restaurants and other public spaces, where increasing noise has deadened our senses, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Don Giovanni Straddling Two Worlds

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fifty years after the Berlin Wall was erected, a historic opera performance from West Berlin is released on DVD. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines this recording against its cultural, political and operatic climate.

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War, Peace and Benjamin Britten

Monday, October 24, 2011

The centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth is 2013 and blogger Fred Plotkin fears he'll be overlooked amid the bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi. Here's why he shouldn't be.

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Warm Up: Joseph Calleja Keeps His Feet on the Ground (or the Elliptical)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

How does Joseph Calleja buck the traditional tenor stereotype and manage to keep his performances fresh and vibrant? Read on for his show-day rituals in the next installment of Warm Up.

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When Dvorak Discovered America (With Help from Christopher Columbus)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Antonin Dvorak's vision of a "New World" still speaks to people today, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Hear and Now: Five Must-Have Vocal Recordings

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operavore Olivia Giovetti rounds up her five favorite discs of the fall. Enjoy them from your own living room or catch their singers in action over the next few weeks in New York.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Four): Opera Productions That Have to Go

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the previous dispatches of this series about staging opera in tough economic times, we explored many choices opera companies can make to do great art without descending into financial disaster, whether it be cutting productions, re-using old ones or sharing costs among companies.

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The Top 10 Operas Written in the Last 10 Years

Monday, October 17, 2011

As SONiC: Sounds of a New Century takes over New York with over 100 works written in the last ten years, blogger Olivia Giovetti names the finest operatic achievements of the past decade.

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Don Giovanni Gets Somewhat Left in the Dark

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Met's new Don Giovanni, a production that features a potent pinch-hitter and tentatively reasserts that you cannot build a better mousetrap.

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Warm Up: Isabel Leonard Seeks a Quiet Place

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kicking off a new series on Operavore about the warm-up habits of singers, blogger Olivia Giovetti catches Isabel Leonard mid-run at the Met in Il Barbiere di Siviglia to talk about sleep, stretching and Starbucks.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Three): Long-Term Planning and Last-Minute Decisions

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When times are tough, many opera companies play it safe. Blogger Fred Plotkin argues for the importance of diverse programming, particularly in light of the recent headlines about the Met's finances.

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Frederica von Stade Ponders Life After The Farewell Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti interviews Frederica von Stade as the legendary mezzo prepares her send off to New Jersey on Friday.

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Opera's Voyage Into Columbus's Choppy Waters

Monday, October 10, 2011

Like him or not, Christopher Columbus is one of the foremost figures in world history and, as such, more complex than even opera can do justice to. Yet some have tried, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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The Song of the City

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti attends the world premiere of the Five Borough Songbook and digests the 19 world premieres. There's a 20th that takes place in Flushing on November 12.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part Two): Opera Productions Worth Saving

Thursday, October 06, 2011

When an opera company takes a beloved old production and replaces it with something new and potentially controversial, audiences become alarmed. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the keepers at the Met.

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Nine Saints in One Act

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti talks with Robert Sirota about the New York premiere Holy Women, offering a lexicon of the nine saints represented in his cantata.

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The Top 10 Politically-Charged American Operas

Monday, October 03, 2011

American opera already has enough provocative subject matter to make Giuseppe Verdi green with envy. Read on for blogger Olivia Giovetti's picks for the most politically-charged American operas.

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When Belts Are Tightened (Part One): Keeping Opera Vibrant in Tough Times

Monday, October 03, 2011

Even during these tough economic times, the Metropolitan Opera has been charging forth with ambitious projects in the belief that this energy and visibility will keep opera consequential. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the costs versus benefits.

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The Top 10 Politically-Charged Moments in Verdi's Operas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Murder... Vengeance... Religious Strife: Giuseppe Verdi had something for everyone. With Nabucco underway at the Metropolitan Opera, blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the political side of the composer.

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