Bard Reviving Ethel Smyth's Forgotten Opera

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leon Botstein talks to the Associate Press about this 1906 opera and his crusade to revive all-but-forgotten works.
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Plan to Sell off NYC Opera's Name Is Withdrawn

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The decision by the defunct opera company's board follows months of legal maneuvers between two bidders who both hope to revive the company.
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Armed Robbery the Latest Trouble for Greek National Opera

Monday, July 13, 2015

Even as Greece clinched a preliminary bailout deal with its European creditors, the country's major opera house has been facing increasingly an increasingly tough fiscal picture.
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Could English National Opera Chief's Tumultuous Exit Impact the Met Opera?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

After John Berry's departure, perhaps no U.S. opera manager will be watching the ENO's future more closely than Peter Gelb. 
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Canada-Born Dramatic Tenor Jon Vickers Dies at 88

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, has died. He was 88.
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The Many Trees of Opera

Friday, July 10, 2015

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin examines the iconic tree imagery throughout the history of Opera.
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Remembering James S. Marcus

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The New York philanthropist who was a passionate supporter of classical music, opera and the vocal arts dies at 85.
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Germany vs. Greece At The Opera

Monday, July 06, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin explains how in the current European clash, Germany and Greece may be cast in the roles of Apollo and Dionysus.
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After Tumultuous Premiere, Royal Opera House Issues Warning for 'William Tell'

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Royal Opera House says it is asking movie theaters to change the age rating for its production of Rossini's William Tell.
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I Left My Harp in San Francisco

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Attending four sensational opera performances in less than a week should be satisfaction enough for any music lover. But this city offers so much more, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Royal Opera House 'William Tell' with Gang-Rape Scene Draws 'Unprecedented' Booing

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The opening night performance of a new production at London's Royal Opera House was marked by loud and prolonged booing.
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Bayreuth Adds Parking Space, Prematurely Reveals next Music Director

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Bayreuth Festival on Monday made official what was known for several days in opera circles, that the conductor Christian Thielemann will become its music director.
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Speechless in St. Petersburg: Opera Pros Suggest Cures for Laryngitis

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Fred Plotkin lost his voice recently, he turned to opera professionals, who offered recommendations for nostrums, elixirs and behavioral adaptation.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Cancels Performances

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has canceled his summer performances after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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Time After Time: Talking About Our Generations

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two recent films explore how different generations interact and understand each other. As Fred Plotkin writes, opera harbors something that every generation recognizes.
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Top 5 Buzzed-About Young American Opera Composers

Thursday, June 18, 2015

All under 40 and with exciting new works on the way, these five opera composers are forging the future of opera in the United States and beyond.
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When Opera is About Location, Location, Location

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Summertime opera in New York provides more unusual repertory and performance styles than any world city I can think of," writes Fred Plotkin.
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BP Protesters Get Inside Royal Opera House

Friday, June 12, 2015

Protesters disrupted a performance of "La Boheme" at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday night, when two of them stood up and unfurled a banner.
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'Tristan und Isolde': The Mystery of Inspiration

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Unlike most of Wagner's works, whose origins we find in his sketches, letters and readings, Tristan seems to have begun rather suddenly in the 1850s. Fred Plotkin asks why.
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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