Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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A Wintry Journey of Discontent

Friday, March 28, 2014

Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.

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Throwback Thursday: Conchita Supervía (#tbt)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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This Thursday we're throwing it back to mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía. We'll play her music throughout the day on the Operavore Stream.

 

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Video Webcast: Diana Damrau at Le Poisson Rouge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Metropolitan Opera regular Diana Damrau performs music from her new album "Forever" at Le Poisson Rouge. The performance can be streamed live on this page. 

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Widespread Surprise at San Diego Opera's Decision to Fold

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week’s news that San Diego Opera, the 10th largest opera company in the United States, plans to close its doors has generated a range of responses.

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Rameau Redux: Why the French Composer Deserves Our Attention

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago this September 12, composed more than 30 works for the stage. A few are coming to New York, and it's about time, writes Fred Plotkin.

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La Scala's Incoming Boss Takes Aim at Booing Superfans

Friday, March 21, 2014

Being booed and heckled is part of the game for singers at La Scala. But Alexander Pereira, who becomes La Scala’s new director on October 1, wants to silence the “hissing hooligans."

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San Diego Opera no Longer Operable, Votes to Close

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The board of the opera that has been a city cultural institution for 49 years voted overwhelmingly to shut down Wednesday.

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Throwback Thursday: Tito Gobbi (#tbt)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.

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The Most Beautiful Tenor Aria? Hear Plácido Domingo Sing Them All

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What is it the most beautiful tenor aria of all? Operavore's Fred Plotkin ventures a list of candidates, and supplies clips of the arias all sung by Placido Domingo.

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March Madness: The Maddest Scenes in Opera

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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It’s the March Madness Matinee. This week March Madness comes to Operavore with a full length opera every day at 2 pm on the Operavore Stream.

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Rare Gem: Wagner Sung in an Irish Brogue

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The music of Richard Wagner has been sung in several different languages including French, Italian and English. It's also been sung with a thick Irish brogue, courtesy of tenor John McCormack.

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Throwback Thursday: Rosa Ponselle (#tbt)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Rosa Ponselle.

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Maestros I Would Like to See (and Hear) at the Met

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claudio Abbado’s passing set Fred Plotkin to thinking about conductors whom he would love to hear leading performances at the Met. Here are a dozen standouts.

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Revolutionary Opera Director Gerard Mortier Dies

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

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On Short Notice, Matthias Goerne Sings 2nd Wozzeck in Week

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Matthias Goerne got to sing the title role of Berg's "Wozzeck" twice as many times as he bargained for during his trip to New York.

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What Does It Mean To Be Heroic?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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#tbt is a weekly opportunity to remember musical deities from the past who ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we'll feature a #tbt artist twice an hour until 4 pm.

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