Director Peter Sellars and Rocker Chuck Berry Share Polar Music Prize

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The prize committee said Sellars has showed that classical music is not about dusty sheet music, but "a way of reflecting and depicting the world."

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Throwback Thursday: Kirsten Flagstad (#tbt)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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This week we throw it back to Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, called "The Voice of the Century" by many a critic.

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Eric Owens, In the Moment

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.

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Damascus Opera Suffers Under Mortar Strikes

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mortar attacks have become daily occurrence in the Syrian capital of some two million, often killing more people than this attack. But the strike last month against the opera house resonated much more loudly.

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Metropolitan Opera Contract Talks Begin, Con Forza

Monday, May 05, 2014

Contract talks between the Metropolitan Opera and the union representing the company's singers, dancers and stage managers got off to a markedly tempestuous start on Monday.

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Indianapolis Opera Faces Uncertainty After Longtime Director Quits

Friday, May 02, 2014

Another shoe dropped at the troubled Indianapolis Opera on Wednesday when the company's longtime artistic director resigned – by e-mail.

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Singers and Swingers: Opera and Golf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.

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Top 5 Audience Participatory Opera Experiences

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Standing room used to contain the cheapest seats, but more and more often it’s the only option for adventuresome opera fans around the world.

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Throwback Thursday: Jussi Björling (#tbt)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. Today, we throw it back to Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.

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Soprano Montserrat Caballé Charged with Tax Evasion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Montserrat Caballé, one of the world's best-known sopranos, has been charged with tax evasion for failing to declare 500,000 euros (about $700,000) of concert income.

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Bertolt Brecht: Opera's Voice of Reason

Monday, April 28, 2014

German playwright Bertolt Brecht asked his audience to react more with reason than emotion. But as Fred Plotkin writes, his writings made for some stirring operas.

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Javier Camarena Gives Rare Encore at Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Camarena became only the third singer in 70 years to perform an aria encore on Friday night. Here's how it happened.

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Tenor Ben Heppner Announces His Retirement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ben Heppner, one of the leading Wagnerian tenors of the modern era, says he is closing the curtain on his 35-year operatic career.

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Throwback Thursday: Kathleen Ferrier (#tbt)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past. Today, it's English contralto Kathleen Ferrier, whose life and career was cut tragically short.

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Planet Opera: Opera in Chicago Avoids Troubles Seen Elsewhere

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.

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Photos: Rafael Nadal Takes Court at Barcelona's Liceu Opera

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for an unusual promotional event.

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

Monday, April 21, 2014

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Throwback Thursday: Alexander Kipnis (#tbt)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. This week we throw it back to Russian bass Alexander Kipnis.

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