Opera Review: Alban Berg's 'Lulu' at the Met

Friday, November 06, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Kentridge production of Alban Berg's "Lulu" at the Metropolitan Opera.
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When Dreams and Dreamers Inhabit Opera

Monday, November 02, 2015

Fresh from a trip to Ireland's Wexford Festival Opera, Blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the influence of dreams in opera.
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Remembering Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, Casa Italiana Founder

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Operavove blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, the founder of the Casa Italiana, who died suddenly on October 17 at the age of 89.
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Can Festivals Help Opera Companies Stay Fresh?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Opera Philadelphia on Tuesday announced what it calls a 12-day urban opera festival. But it's not the first company to shake up its season routine, as Fred Plotkin writes.
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Sneak Peek at Upcoming Opera About Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

Monday, October 19, 2015

The battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the future of New York City will soon be the subject of an opera.
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Giotto as an Operatic Inspiration

Friday, October 16, 2015

"What Bach is to music, Giotto is to Renaissance art and all that followed," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation of his dramatic paintings.
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Review: Eric Owens Opens Philharmonic Residency with Uneven 'Footsteps'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The genial, celebrated bass-baritone Eric Owens opened a year-long Philharmonic residency with "Great African American Singers and Their Legacy."
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Placido Domingo to Miss Four Met Opera Performances to Have Surgery

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Placido Domingo will miss four performances conducting Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in order to have gallbladder surgery.
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I Went to a Wedding and an Opera Broke Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You can go to quite a few operas in which a wedding takes place but last week, Fred Plotkin had a new experience.
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Learning Italian at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at how you can study Italian by attending the opera. There are no fewer than 19 such opportunities at the Met this season.
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Magical Thinking Stalks New York's Opera World

Monday, October 05, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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James Levine Withdraws from 'Lulu,' Citing Schedule Demands

Friday, October 02, 2015

Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine said Friday that he is withdrawing from the company's upcoming production of Berg's Lulu.
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In Praise of Healthy Voices

Friday, October 02, 2015

Healthy voices are a boon to opera fans, writes Fred Plotkin. He cites three star sopranos who are singing roles that Met audiences have not heard them in.
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Gotham Chamber Opera Announces It Is Shutting Down

Thursday, October 01, 2015

After 15 years of often highly acclaimed performances, the Gotham Chamber Opera has heard its last bravos.
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Ailing Baritone Showered with Roses at Metropolitan Opera Return

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amid emotional scenes, audience and musicians at the Metropolitan Opera House welcomed back Dmitri Hvorostovsky as he takes a pause from treatment for a brain tumor.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen on How Composers Evoke a Sense of Place

Monday, September 28, 2015

A change of scenery can do a lot for a composer's musical perspective, Esa-Pekka Salonen tells Operavore's Fred Plotkin.
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Q&A: Sondra Radvanovsky on Tackling Opera's Triple Crown

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This season, Radvanovsky is expected to become the first singer in Met history to sing all three of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor queens.
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The Advantages of Sundays at the Opera

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday matinees, if marketed and priced intelligently, might lure back some of the suburban and outer-borough audiences that the Met Opera has lost, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Review: Metropolitan Opera Searches Dark Heart of 'Otello' in Season Opener

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Even if the new Bartlett Sher production of Verdi's late masterpiece wasn't all one could hope for, much of it was, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Photos: Met Opera Season Opens with Red Carpet, Times Square Simulcast

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday's opening night of the Metropolitan Opera brought the traditional red carpet, gussied-up celebrity guests and a parade of arriving singers.
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