I Went to a Wedding and an Opera Broke Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You can go to quite a few operas in which a wedding takes place but last week, Fred Plotkin had a new experience.
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Learning Italian at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at how you can study Italian by attending the opera. There are no fewer than 19 such opportunities at the Met this season.
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Magical Thinking Stalks New York's Opera World

Monday, October 05, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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James Levine Withdraws from 'Lulu,' Citing Schedule Demands

Friday, October 02, 2015

Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine said Friday that he is withdrawing from the company's upcoming production of Berg's Lulu.
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In Praise of Healthy Voices

Friday, October 02, 2015

Healthy voices are a boon to opera fans, writes Fred Plotkin. He cites three star sopranos who are singing roles that Met audiences have not heard them in.
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Gotham Chamber Opera Announces It Is Shutting Down

Thursday, October 01, 2015

After 15 years of often highly acclaimed performances, the Gotham Chamber Opera has heard its last bravos.
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Ailing Baritone Showered with Roses at Metropolitan Opera Return

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amid emotional scenes, audience and musicians at the Metropolitan Opera House welcomed back Dmitri Hvorostovsky as he takes a pause from treatment for a brain tumor.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen on How Composers Evoke a Sense of Place

Monday, September 28, 2015

A change of scenery can do a lot for a composer's musical perspective, Esa-Pekka Salonen tells Operavore's Fred Plotkin.
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Q&A: Sondra Radvanovsky on Tackling Opera's Triple Crown

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This season, Radvanovsky is expected to become the first singer in Met history to sing all three of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor queens.
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The Advantages of Sundays at the Opera

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday matinees, if marketed and priced intelligently, might lure back some of the suburban and outer-borough audiences that the Met Opera has lost, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Review: Metropolitan Opera Searches Dark Heart of 'Otello' in Season Opener

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Even if the new Bartlett Sher production of Verdi's late masterpiece wasn't all one could hope for, much of it was, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Photos: Met Opera Season Opens with Red Carpet, Times Square Simulcast

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday's opening night of the Metropolitan Opera brought the traditional red carpet, gussied-up celebrity guests and a parade of arriving singers.
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3 Highlights From the Paris Opera's New Online 'Stage'

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Last week, the Opéra de Paris launched 3e Scène, or “3rd Stage,” a new website showcasing digital design. Here are three highlights.
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NYC Gilbert & Sullivan Troupe Cancels 'The Mikado' over 'Yellowface' Criticisms

Friday, September 18, 2015

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players have cancelled a production of The Mikado, over criticism for perpetuating Japanese caricatures.
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Must Opera Be 'Relevant'?

Friday, September 18, 2015

"I am asked, even more than usual, the exhaustingly trite question of whether opera is still 'relevant,'" writes Fred Plotkin. You might be surprised at his response.
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Met Opera Considers Sunday Performances, Selling Naming Rights for House

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera said Wednesday it has closed a $22 million deficit and is now operating with a $1 million surplus and a balanced budget.
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When Opera Singers Work the Worship Circuit

Monday, September 14, 2015

For even established opera singers, church and synagogue gigs are a necessary means of paying the rent, writes Fred Plotkin. But does it help to subscribe to a given faith?
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For Opera Lovers, London Beckons with Creative Energy

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

As Queen Elizabeth became the longest-serving monarch in British history Wednesday, British opera lovers were looking to the season ahead. Fred Plotkin reports from London.
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Discovering Charlotte Wesley Holloman

Friday, September 04, 2015

Charlotte Wesley Holloman, who died on July 30, led a remarkable life as an opera singer, voice teacher and member of an historic African-American community on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Vows to Sing Through Brain Tumor Ordeal

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has vowed to return to the Metropolitan Opera for three scheduled performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore, despite undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
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