Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Obraztsova Dies at 75

Monday, January 12, 2015

The mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, a leading opera singer of Moscow's Bolshoi Opera for more than two decades, died Monday in Germany.
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Video: Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand Sing a Chanson for Charlie Hebdo

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The operatic soprano – and more recently, cabaret singer – joined the veteran film composer Michel Legrand as part of an evening-length tribute event.
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Requiem Aeterna

Friday, January 09, 2015

It is likely that Verdi was not religious and had a healthy skepticism for many institutions, including church and state, writes Fred Plotkin. But his Requiem makes a powerful impact.
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Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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An Opera Lover's Resolutions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Read a synopsis before attending an opera, arrive early and don't wear noisy bracelets on your arms. These are a few of Fred Plotkin's New Year's suggestions for operagoers.
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Review: A Less than Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, January 01, 2015

"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Francis of Assisi, in Brooklyn and in Music

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As a new exhibition of documents tied to St. Francis of Assisi comes to Brooklyn, blogger Fred Plotkin considers the ways in which he influenced classical music and opera.
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Greek Soprano Rescued from Stricken Ferry

Monday, December 29, 2014

Among the more than 450 passengers rescued from the ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday was the Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
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Soprano Renée Fleming Set to Make Broadway Debut

Monday, December 22, 2014

Soprano Renée Fleming — who has triumphed in the worlds of opera, recording and even the sports arena — is moving on to the Great White Way.
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The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.  
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Top Five Serial Operas

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 "Serial," a series about a little-known murder case from 1999, has been called podcasting's first breakout hit. Opera composers have also been drawn to episodic series.
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When Opera Singers Groove to the Motown Sound

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A surprising number of opera singers take an interest in the music of 1960s Motown, Fred Plotkin writes. Which Motown song do you think could work in a recital repertoire?
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Searching for Messiah, in Dublin and New York

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Yorkers is home to various annual Messiah performances but Dublin is where it all got started. Blogger Fred Plotkin visits the site of the premiere.
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Anna Netrebko Supports Theater in Ukrainian Separatist Region

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anna Netrebko is responding to critics of a controversial donation she gave to a theater in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, asserting that the gift was "not a political act."
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Review: With Luxury Casting, Turin Opera Rehabilitates William Tell at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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For Irish Opera, Funding Troubles and Signs of Revival

Monday, December 08, 2014

Surveying Ireland's opera scene, Fred Plotkin writes, "I have found many reasons to hope for an operatic revival and a couple of causes for concern."
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Barenboim Bids La Scala Farewell Amid Violent Protests

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The gala mood for "Fidelio" contrasted with protests outside that turned violent as the curtain rose on one of the most glittering events on Europe's culture calendar.
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'Sleeping' with Classical Musicians: Around the World in 69 Clicks

Monday, December 01, 2014

Hotels must meet a few requirements for blogger Fred Plotkin, including a clean room and a comfortable bed. He recently discovered one hotel with dozens of classical radio stations.
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Barenboim Leaving La Scala after 9 Years

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The outgoing La Scala music director says he will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.
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The Message of Jessye Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 21, soprano Jessye Norman was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th luncheon in the grand ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
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