An Operavore Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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A Conversation with the NEA's Outgoing Opera Chief

Friday, December 20, 2013

In an interview with Fred Plotkin, Wayne S. Brown discusses the place of opera in the U.S. The artform, he says, "creates opportunities for creativity that is frequently embraced by other art forms.”

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12 Pivotal Moments in Opera in 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This was the year of Bellini's Norma, whose title role has even frightened off Renee Fleming and has mostly been a mirage in the operatic past, writes David Patrick Stearns in this look back.

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The First Annual Excellence in Opera Awards (AKA The Freddies)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In 2013, Fred Plotkin attended 104 opera performances at 35 different companies. Here are the standout productions and recitals.

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What the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Could Do for Opera

Friday, December 13, 2013

Despite heavy product placement and too much 3-D imagery, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular serves a purpose, writes Fred plotkin, of teaching young people to be good audience members.

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Totally Mozart: A London Company Takes on All of His Operas

Monday, December 09, 2013

What does it take to present all of Mozart's 20-plus operas? Operavore's Fred Plotkin talks to the founder of a London-based company that plans to do a two-decade cycle of the works.

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La Scala's La Traviata Opener Gets Mixed Reviews (Video)

Sunday, December 08, 2013

La Scala's gala season premiere Saturday opened with spontaneous applause for Nelson Mandela's memory and closed with mixed reviews for La Traviata.

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Review: In Metropolitan Opera's Falstaff, An Old Rogue Takes on a Dark Edge

Saturday, December 07, 2013

In Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff, 1950s England stands in for the Windsor of Shakespearean antiquity. The conceit mostly works, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Looking for Maria Callas in Paris

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?

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Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Writer and Classical Music Critic, Dies at 51

Monday, December 02, 2013

Marion Lignana Rosenberg, a writer, critic and translator who chronicled the classical music world with a stylish insight for outlets including WQXR, died on Thursday near Albany, NY.

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Google Doodle Honors 90th Birthday of Maria Callas

Monday, December 02, 2013

Google is honoring what would have been the 90th birthday of operatic soprano Maria Callas with a celebratory Doodle.

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The 2013 Operavore Gift Guide

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Are you making a list and checking it twice? If not, it’s time to get snapping. Operavore can help you choose holiday treats – recordings, books and DVD – that will tickle the fancy of even the most persnickety opera fans.

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Overlooked Opera: Così fan tutte

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Così fan tutte," Fred Plotkin can hear you shriek, “how is that an overlooked opera?” To which he would answer that “overlooked” is a word with shades of meaning.

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Review: St. Louis Symphony's Intense Peter Grimes Caps Britten Centennial

Monday, November 25, 2013

The major Britten centennial event in New York on Friday was a concert version of Peter Grimes. The performers went for broke at every dramatic opportunity, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Alberto Vilar Returns to New York Prison

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One day after a judge revoked his bail, opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar returned to prison to continue serving a sentence for multimillion-dollar fraud.

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Salzburg Marionette Theater Pulls Strings, Delivers Opera

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New York City Opera to Auction Off Instruments, Costumes, Props

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The vestiges of 70 years of operatic history will go on the block on December 12 as New York City Opera plans to auction off its remaining sets, props, costumes, instruments and office equipment.

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Listen: Rob Ford, The Opera

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It was bound to happen. A "Rob Ford Opera," commissioned by CBC Radio and sung by emerging artists from Calgary Opera, has gone viral on YouTube.

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Did Arnold Schoenberg Paint by Numbers?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Arnold Schoenberg was not only an influential composer but a visual artist of enough skill that his paintings rival masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Passions of Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"Among active singers, I can think of no one who owns as many roles as Karita Mattila," writes Fred Plotkin of the Finnish soprano who famously bared all in Salome at the Met.

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