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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Opening Notes

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

After the Met's opening night gala, blogger Fred Plotkin considers a cast that was more Moscow than Manhattan, some concerns about Italian singing and house traditions both bygone and emerging.

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Anna Netrebko Sets a Royal Standard as 'Anna Bolena'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews the Metropolitan Opera's opening night—and company premiere—production of Anna Bolena, perhaps the company's riskiest opening night gamble since Peter Gelb took over.

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New York City Opera Announces Casting Details of its 2011-12 Season

Monday, September 26, 2011

New York City Opera announces the casting details for its 2011-12 season; does this mean the company is headed toward an agreement with AGMA?

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Richard Bonynge, Maestro of Bel Canto

Monday, September 26, 2011

 

"The Metropolitan Opera premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is a cause for celebration and reflection for those of us with long memories," writes Fred Plotkin. And at least one advocate of bel canto opera deserves special credit for its arrival.

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'Kocho': A 'Butterfly' by Any Other Name

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews Kocho, a Noh-inspired opera presented by Beth Morrison Projects and featuring Seattle's Garrett Fisher Ensemble. Read on for a slideshow of this intricate multimedia work.

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What Makes a Gala a Gala?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

They are partly about the fancy wardrobe, air kisses, sparkling wine and finger food. "But a gala is really about the conviction," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "that art matters and it is incumbent on us all to do our part to keep it front and center in the lives of us all."

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Top 10 Recent American Novels that Would Make Amazing Operas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With Elevator Repair Service's run of their Hemingway-based The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Olivia Giovetti considers the lyrical tendencies of recent American novels and their operatic potential. 

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Planet Opera: Why Bordeaux is More Than The Grand Cru

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Say “Bordeaux” to most people and it is synonymous with the gold standard of wine. But as blogger Fred Plotkin discovered on a visit to the French city, there's also a generous mix of opera, recitals, concerts, dance and plays.

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Just How Good is Les Arts Florissants's 'Atys'?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti would happily pay $460 to see each of the four subsequent performances of Atys at BAM. Read her review to find out why.

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Andrea the Giant

Monday, September 19, 2011

With singers like Andrea Bocelli, how do you mitigate talent with popstar status? And when you have as many fans of Bocelli, does it actually matter? Olivia Giovetti ponders this in light of the singer's recent Central Park concert.

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