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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Is the World Ready for Carl Nielsen's 'Maskarade?'

Friday, June 05, 2015

Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" deserves wider recognition, writes Fred Plotkin. While the comedy often falls flat, "the music is appealing and original."
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Margaret Juntwait Remembered: Classical Music Field Reacts to Host's Death

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Margaret Juntwait's death Wednesday has elicited a flood of reactions, from those who knew her best, from colleagues and friends.
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Donor Left Millions for New York City Opera as Company Filed for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The executors of a late City Opera benefactor's estate have come forward to deliver a bequest included in his will. 
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Projected Titles Have Helped to Save Opera, Says Dramaturg

Monday, June 01, 2015

Fred Plotkin recently argued that surtitles have become a crutch for opera-goers, turning their attention away from the music. Today we get an opposing view.
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Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Projected titles, or surtitles, have been widely praised for making opera more accessible. But blogger Fred Plotkin questions whether they've improperly shifted the focus.
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Song Translations in Recitals: The Readers Weigh In

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should song recitalists stop providing printed translations? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the vehemence of opinions over his recent article on the issue.
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Cecilia Bartoli to Sing Maria in 'West Side Story'

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Italian opera star will sing the role of Maria in a new production of West Side Story at its 2016 edition.
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Weird: Richard Wagner Fans See His Face in a Mountain in Germany

Friday, May 22, 2015

Richard Wagner, who was born 202 years ago on Friday, is being celebrated in an unusual way in his native Germany.
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Should Vocal Recitalists Stop Providing Printed Translations of Songs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
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2015 Summer Preview: Opera and Song Picks

Friday, May 15, 2015

As the big opera houses conclude main seasons, smaller opera companies are rolling out their summer plans. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin offers a selection of highlights.
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Met Opera Ends Its Season Licking Its Wounds and Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Despite financial woes and the lingering effects of labor strife, there was a great deal to admire musically the past Met Opera season, writes Fred Plotkin.
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La Scala and Milan Embrace the World

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A food-themed World's Fair is underway in Milan, Italy. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the musical highs and lows, including new offerings at La Scala.
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Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
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How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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