FRED PLOTKIN is one of America’s foremost experts on opera and has distinguished himself in many fields as a writer, speaker, consultant and as a compelling teacher. He is an expert on everything Italian, the person other so-called Italy experts turn to for definitive information. Fred discovered the concept of "The Renaissance Man" as a small child and has devoted himself to pursuing that ideal as the central role of his life. In a “Public Lives” profile in The New York Times on August 30, 2002, Plotkin was described as "one of those New York word-of-mouth legends, known by the cognoscenti for his renaissance mastery of two seemingly separate disciplines: music and the food of Italy." In the same publication, on May 11, 2006, it was written that "Fred is a New Yorker, but has the soul of an Italian."
Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Dominique Meyer, the director of the Vienna State Opera, talks with Fred Plotkin about the company's foray into on-demand video streaming.
Monday, February 24, 2014
There are many singers, especially young ones, who have big healthy voices and sing loud all the time. This is a problem, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.
Friday, February 21, 2014
"Vienna is contradictory to be sure," writes Fred Plotkin. "It is a city of amazing art, creativity and innovation, but also of a provincialism that is, most of the time, naively inward-looking."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
After a glorious career of singing operas and songs in all styles and from four centuries, Marilyn Horne set up a foundation to keep song recitals alive. Fred Plotkin shares his admiration for Horne at 80.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 reinforced certain negative attitudes about the two composers, writes Fred Plotkin. But the Britten centenary was filled with many revelations.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Fred Plotkin asks: "If there is a potential for audience development among naturists, should arts organizations throw caution (and not only) to the wind and make accommodations on special occasions?"
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
If 2013 was the year of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, the uncontested star of 2014 is Richard Strauss. Fred Plotkin presents a guide to performances around the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
In advance of a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers in New York, Fred Plotkin considers the good, the bad and the ugly in Orpheus-inspired operas.
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.”
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In 2013, Fred Plotkin attended 104 opera performances at 35 different companies. Here are the standout productions and recitals.
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.
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.