Taking a Stand on Music Stands

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin tackles the thorny question of music stand use during high-profile recitals.
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David Bowie's 7 Close Encounters with Opera

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Though his only realized theatrical work was the recent "Lazarus" musical, produced by New York Theater Workshop, Bowie did have several close encounters with opera.
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Review: Prototype Festival Operas Challenge with Minimalism and Intensity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two operas opened this past weekend at the Prototype Festival. Both focus with minimalism on intense subject matter. One does so with great effect, the other misses its mark.
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The Indian Subcontinent in European Opera

Friday, January 08, 2016

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's looks at European operas that are set in South Asia in this follow up column on the influences of East on West and West on East.
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West Meets East: Opera and Classical Music in South Asia

Monday, January 04, 2016

In musically rich south Asia, Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin asks where one can find western opera and what other traditions serve the opera curious.
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Review: Met Opera's 'Les Pêcheurs de Perles'

Friday, January 01, 2016

Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns attended the New Year's Eve performance of The Pearl Fishers which returned to the Met after a century.
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Leonie Rysanek, 20 Years After Her Met Farewell

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Twenty years after Leonie Rysanek gave her final performance at the Met, Fred Plotkin remembers the artist he misses most.
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And to All a Good Night: Great Singers, Great Christmas Music

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fred Plotkin unearths some of his favorite (and unfamiliar) holiday musical selections by some of his favorite singers.
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The Metropolitan Opera Season Halftime Show

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tune in at 10pm on Tuesday, Dec. 29, as Metropolitan Opera soprano Debbie Voigt opens a treasury of live performance excerpts from the Met season so far.
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The Third Annual Excellence in Opera (a. k. a. Freddie) Awards

Friday, December 18, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin honors and acknowledges many of the outstanding and memorable achievements in opera in 2015.
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A Good Year for New Operas

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin comes to the realization that, in the United States, it was a really good year for new opera.
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Sneak Peek: Inside 'The Pearl Fishers' at The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, December 14, 2015

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 18, watch an exclusive sneak peek inside the Met's first production in a century of Bizet’s rarely performed opera, "The Pearl Fishers."
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Wexford Festival Opera: Journey into the Unknown

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The central mission of the Wexford festival since its 1951 founding, writes Operavore's Fred Plotkin, has been to unearth works that have not been heard since their creation.
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Knoxville: Fall of 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015

Inspired by a casting call controversy at the Knoxville Opera, Fred Plotkin looks at the role visuals play in how we listen.
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Music, Paris and Belief in Reason

Monday, November 30, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his thoughts on France, its music and the philosophy of Paris that inspires the world over.
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Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell: Poetry in Need of Music

Monday, November 23, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin discusses the new play "Dear Elizabeth," about love letters between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and makes a proposal.
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The Operatic Class of 1965, Fifty Years On

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the 2015 Metropolitan Opera Guild's annual luncheon honoring artists that made their debut at the Met in 1965.
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6 Videos Indulging Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love of Opera

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's love of opera is well known. Here are six examples of her indulging in opera.
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Opera Goes to War

Friday, November 13, 2015

From Verdi to Wagner to Prokofiev, opera and musical presentations involving war are abundant writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
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Remembering The Met's Richard Horowitz

Monday, November 09, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin remembers the longest-serving employee in the history of the Met, tympanist Richard Horowitz. 
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