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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."