Wednesday, September 07, 2011
On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin asks "Does creative genius reside exclusively in those who write words and music, or also in those who speak or sing these words and music? And are there different types of genius? What defines each?"
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
For singers -- whose bodies are their instruments -- is riding a motorbike without a helmet any more acceptable or any less risky than smoking? Olivia Giovetti examines the circumstances surrounding tenor Salvatore Licitra's death and the context of opera singers playing un-safe.
Monday, September 05, 2011
For an analogy to modern-day labor-management relations, consider the works of Richard Wagner. "Wagner might have been a bad manager of his own money, but he was very attuned to the dignity of work," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Friday, September 02, 2011
Olivia Giovetti reviews Opera Omnia's sophomore effort, a punk-meets-Pulcinella staging of Francesco Cavalli's Giasone, now playing in the intimate space of (Le) Poisson Rouge through September 7.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The connective thread to the great Italian singers of the past is frayed, writes Fred Plotkin. "I wish Italians would come to feel not only proud of their cultural heritage but actively protective of it and expert in it," he writes.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Reviewing the Mostly Mozart Festival's closing performance, Olivia Giovetti writes, "There was a small sense of finality; should the city be wiped off the face of the earth this weekend, the last live music some New Yorkers will have heard would be Schubert, Stravinsky and Mozart."
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Who are the great Italian opera singers of contemporary times? In the first of a three part series, Fred Plotkin takes us on a virtual tour of the great Italian singers of recent past and present, introducing us to many you should know.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Puccini's La Rondine will be featured this Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival. This got us thinking. Puccini wrote some of the standard-est of standard canon arias. But what are his lesser-known, underrated arias? Olivia Giovetti names her Top 10.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Why do we have so many fine Italian conductors today? Considering names like Chailly, Luisi, Armiliato and Noseda, blogger Fred Plotkin notes, "I believe that Italy continues to produce outstanding musicians in families that are keepers of the musical flame."
Thursday, August 18, 2011
WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti asks what it means when people say one singer "owns" a role or an aria, and leaves you the reader to answer the question, "Who sang it best?"
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Italian conductors have been very important in the pit at the Metropolitan Opera, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "In the coming season, of the 22 conductors on the roster, there are six Italians and two more with Italian roots."
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Should operas ever be retooled by artists who were not the original composers? Read blogger Olivia Giovetti's take on the misplaced controversy surrounding the "new" Porgy and Bess and leave your own thoughts on the line between interpretation and revision.
Monday, August 15, 2011
A holiday can present a composer with the opportunity to write festive music for chorus, orchestra, dancers and solo singers. Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci are two of the more colorful examples, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.