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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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 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 Geraldine Farrar.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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