Critical Thinking: Whose Opinions Really Matter?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a recent blog post, arts administrator Michael Kaiser considers the death of music criticism. Our Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti has her own strong opinions on the matter.

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Kevin Puts's Opera Silent Night Evokes Grim Reality of War

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The unofficial "Christmas truce" involving opposing armies during World War I is the subject of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Olivia Giovetti reviews the premiere.

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Planet Opera: Following Beethoven's Footsteps in Vienna

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vienna is often considered Mozart and Schubert's town. But Beethoven left his own indelible mark on the city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Top 10 Movies that Should Be Operas

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday marked the world premiere of Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera, based on the 2005 film Joeux Noel. Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for movies to be given the opera treatment.

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Big Loves and Books of Mormon

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blogger Olivia Giovetti offers a dual review of Opera Orchestra of New York's Adriana Lecouvreur and Gotham Chamber Opera's Dark Sisters. The two works have more in common than meets the eye.

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11-11-11

Friday, November 11, 2011

As scholars now attempt to explain a war that has passed into history, they should look to the artists at least as much as the politicians to understand what it was about, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Musical Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

With American Lyric Theater presenting three Poe-based operas this Thursday, Operavore Olivia Giovetti looks at the writer's rich history with the musical genre.

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Angela Gheorghiu Takes on Two Prima Donnas

Monday, November 07, 2011

In our modern world of opera, there is little room for the prima donna. They are capricious, hard to work with, often hard to live with. But they are never dull, writes Fred Plotkin.

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May the Truth-Force Be with You

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera's presciently-timed revival of Satyagraha shows that Philip Glass's 1980 opus is an opera for now more than ever, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Tempest in a Tenor

Friday, November 04, 2011

In spite of only having one opera and a handful of lieder to his name, Beethoven did just as much for the tenor voice as his predecessor Mozart, argues Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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At Marilyn Horne Tribute, Warm Memories and Salty Humor

Thursday, November 03, 2011

More than 40 great singers, composers, directors and actors were present at a tribute to Marilyn Horne this week. Blogger Fred Plotkin reflects on her singular career.

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TV on the Opera Stage

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

As Turnage's opera Anna Nicole arrives on DVD and Jake Heggie's I Love Lucy–inspired opera hits Carnegie Hall, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines television's influence on opera plots.

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Schubert’s Cantor Comes to Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

This weekend will see a preview of parts of an opera about Salomon Sulzer, a composer known to Schubert and Liszt who was Vienna’s chief cantor during the 19th Century.

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The Top 10 Opera Villains

Monday, October 31, 2011

In honor of Halloween, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the top ten dastardly demons that drive opera plots. Read on for her picks and to name your own favorites.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baritone Sergei Leiferkus's appearances with the New York Philharmonic are a chance to hear a singer who has forged an epic career yet remains largely unknown in New York, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Much Ado About Nothung

Friday, October 28, 2011

“I cannot mend Nothung!” laments Mime in the first scene of Siegfried. Unfortunately, with three-fourths of the Met’s Wagnerian saga now presented to the public, one begins to wonder if anyone can mend Robert Lepage’s occasionally striking, but mostly disappointing Ring.

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Hooked on Sonics

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A great opera can be loud but not overbearing. That's not the case in many restaurants and other public spaces, where increasing noise has deadened our senses, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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A Don Giovanni Straddling Two Worlds

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fifty years after the Berlin Wall was erected, a historic opera performance from West Berlin is released on DVD. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines this recording against its cultural, political and operatic climate.

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War, Peace and Benjamin Britten

Monday, October 24, 2011

The centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth is 2013 and blogger Fred Plotkin fears he'll be overlooked amid the bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi. Here's why he shouldn't be.

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Warm Up: Joseph Calleja Keeps His Feet on the Ground (or the Elliptical)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

How does Joseph Calleja buck the traditional tenor stereotype and manage to keep his performances fresh and vibrant? Read on for his show-day rituals in the next installment of Warm Up.

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