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."
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.