NYC Gilbert & Sullivan Troupe Cancels 'The Mikado' over 'Yellowface' Criticisms

Friday, September 18, 2015

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players have cancelled a production of The Mikado, over criticism for perpetuating Japanese caricatures.
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Must Opera Be 'Relevant'?

Friday, September 18, 2015

"I am asked, even more than usual, the exhaustingly trite question of whether opera is still 'relevant,'" writes Fred Plotkin. You might be surprised at his response.
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Met Opera Considers Sunday Performances, Selling Naming Rights for House

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera said Wednesday it has closed a $22 million deficit and is now operating with a $1 million surplus and a balanced budget.
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When Opera Singers Work the Worship Circuit

Monday, September 14, 2015

For even established opera singers, church and synagogue gigs are a necessary means of paying the rent, writes Fred Plotkin. But does it help to subscribe to a given faith?
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For Opera Lovers, London Beckons with Creative Energy

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

As Queen Elizabeth became the longest-serving monarch in British history Wednesday, British opera lovers were looking to the season ahead. Fred Plotkin reports from London.
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Discovering Charlotte Wesley Holloman

Friday, September 04, 2015

Charlotte Wesley Holloman, who died on July 30, led a remarkable life as an opera singer, voice teacher and member of an historic African-American community on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Vows to Sing Through Brain Tumor Ordeal

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has vowed to return to the Metropolitan Opera for three scheduled performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore, despite undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
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The Art of Staying Awake at the Opera

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the Sandman arrives while you are watching an opera, but there are ways to keep him at bay, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Sydney Icon Remains a Draw, Though Not Necessarily For Opera Fans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In recent years, Opera Australia has taken a “modernize or die” approach to productions, casting and repertory. But while ticket sales have increased, opera is only part of the picture.
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Jamie Barton to Replace Elina Garanca in Metropolitan Opera's 'Anna Bolena'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The company has said that the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will play Giovanna Seymour in its upcoming run of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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Beau, Beau, Beaumarchais from dell’Arte Opera

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at dell’Arte Opera's August repertory entirely drawn from the writings of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
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The Musician Portraits of John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin digs into a new Metropolitan Museum John Singer Sargent exhibit and discovers many of his portraits of notable musicians from the time.
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Metropolitan Opera Promotes Mary Jo Heath to New Radio Host

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the U.S.
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Watch: Opera Singer Performs During His Own Brain Surgery

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joined by a pianist in the operating room, tenor Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne delivers the first and last couplets of Schubert's "Gute Nacht" while undergoing surgery.
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Review: Ravishing 'Written on Skin' Delivers Creepy Violence But to What End?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin arrived with many international endorsements but Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns was not among the enraptured at Tuesday's opening.
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The Eternal Appeal of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Monday, August 10, 2015

"The Magic Flute" is a bread-and-butter opera that audiences seem glad to return to or buy tickets for if they have never heard it. Fred Plotkin considers its staying power.
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Watch: 5 Opera Gems from the AP's Huge New YouTube Archive

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last month, the Associated Press uploaded more than 550,000 video clips onto YouTube covering news events dating back to 1895. Here are 5 opera highlights.
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Tenor Fractures Spine After Stage Platform Collapses at Puccini Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2015

A stage platform collapsed near the end of a performance of Turandot on Friday night at the Puccini Festival in Italy, seriously injuring the tenor Marco Voleri.
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Across the U.S., Puccini's 'Tosca' Remains Insanely Popular

Friday, August 07, 2015

Among the two most ubiquitous works in upcoming opera seasons are Tosca and Die Zauberflöte. In the first of a two-part series, Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's popularity.
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Steve Jobs, the Opera, Coming to Santa Fe in 2017

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that its latest commission will be based on the technology pioneer.
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