Review: The Met's New Werther Succeeds in Haunting Ways

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Operavore's David Patrick Stearns reviews the new Met Opera production of Werther which reveals itself as a haunting but solid presentation.

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Opera Philadelphia To Premiere Two New Operas in 40th Season

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Opera Philadelphia will host the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and the East Coast premiere of Oscar during it's 40th anniversary season. The company's 2014-2015 season also feature a few new productions of old classics. The performances feature opera notables Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee as well as some up and coming talent.

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Goethe's Legacy in Art and Opera

Monday, February 17, 2014

From Werther to Faust, the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have impacted literature and opera for more than 200 years. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin dives into Goethe's influences in light of a new Werther production.

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Valentine's Week Highlights on Operavore

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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To celebrate Valentines Day, this week we're showcasing a series of full operas on the Operavore stream.

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Top Five Opera Scenes for Jaded Hearts

Thursday, February 13, 2014

While several operas weave sincere tales of undying love, an equal number seem to undermine the actual notion of love and make fools of those who profess it.

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Met to Stage Terrorist Hijacking Opera in 2014-15 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the most controversial operas of recent decades will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera this fall.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"The season is an engaging mix of standard repertory and unusual offerings to please regulars, newcomers and those with more experimental inclinations," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Plácido Domingo Joins Cast of City Opera Reunion Concert

Monday, February 10, 2014

The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded.

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Review: Billy Budd at BAM is Electrifying

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Billy Budd has docked in Brooklyn. David Patrick Stearns writes that it explores the opera's layers with a thoroughness and balance not often found anywhere.

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Review: Met Tries Conceptual Approach in Rich, Confounding Prince Igor

Friday, February 07, 2014

The results of the Met's revival of Borodin's Prince Igor were visually imaginative and musically gratifying but essential narrative elements simply weren’t there, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Opinion: Tosca, Seen Through Different Eyes

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This season, blogger Fred Plotkin went to three performances of the Met's production of Tosca, each with a different soprano in the lead role. It stimulated new insights on this controversial production.

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Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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Renée Fleming Gives the Super Bowl an Operatic Opening

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clad in a black Vera Wang dress with a flowing white sash – ensuring no wardrobe malfunctions – Fleming was accompanied an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony.

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Renée Fleming Says She Won't Lip-Sync National Anthem

Friday, January 31, 2014

Renée Fleming said in an interview she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn't know how to lip-sync if you paid me."

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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Franco Corelli, Tutto Tenore

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On January 29, two days after a moving ceremony in memory of Claudio Abbado, Teatro alla Scala in Milan honors another artist, Franco Corelli. Fred Plotkin gives an appraisal of the late tenor.

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Top Five Similarities Between Opera and Football

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As the NFL takes over the tri-state area in anticipation of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, the grandiosity of this annual event seemed could be called operatic.

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Video: La Scala Orchestra Plays to Empty Theater in Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Monday, January 27, 2014

A week after the death of Claudio Abbado, tributes continue from various corners of the classical music world.

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Christa Ludwig, Superstar

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Renée Fleming to Sing National Anthem at 2014 Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl will have a touch of the operatic this year: Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem.

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