Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The almost untranslatable Italian word estro means a sudden inspiration, touched with genius, to create something extraordinary where it was unimaginable before. Here's where it applies to musicians.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.
Friday, June 27, 2014
"The questions of sustainability, which is the central organizing concept of the way we must live now if we are to survive, should be examined in the context of the opera houses," writes Fred Plotkin.
Friday, June 20, 2014
"Opera companies the world over face challenges nowadays and there are those in Italy (Florence, Genoa and elsewhere) that are troubled. But there is good news too," writes Fred Plotkin.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Following last week's survey of gifted male opera singers under the age of 40 comes this look at promising young divas.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Fred Plotkin has selected 40 singers under 40 who he feels merit your attention and support. This article is about male singers; the next will introduce you to some future divas.
Friday, June 06, 2014
66-year-old Italian soprano Mariella Devia made a rare return to New York Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports on the scene.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin gives his take on how the Met can "stimulate ticket sales, rein in expenditures, build its endowment and get back on track."
Friday, May 30, 2014
"Somewhere along the way, the Metropolitan Opera House went from being a temple of art to becoming a facility," writes Fred Plotkin, in the third of a four-part post-season series on the Met.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin rates the Met's recent new productions. The good: Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Parsifal. Not so good: "Concept" productions.
Friday, May 16, 2014
"What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?" is a question blogger Fred Plotkin is asked with troubling frequency. He considers why it has come to this point.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
"There are times, throughout the career of an opera singer, when they need to be told that they are not ready for a role, not right for a role, or should consider retiring a role," writes Fred Plotkin.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.