Fred Plotkin

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A Bountiful Falstaff Gets Everything Right

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A new production of Verdi's Falstaff at London's Royal Opera House updates the setting to 1950s England in a way that is "fresh, vibrant and relevant" writes Fred Plotkin.

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A Princely Encounter with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's death last week reminded blogger Fred Plotkin of "an indelible day in 1976, when my path crossed with the baritone in the most amusing way." Here's what happened.

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Who Should Direct an Opera Production?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Opera company directors often speak of a need for fresh theatrical values. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "'fresh values' only work if the director is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about opera."

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Coughy Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Classical concert-going is sometimes criticized as too formal and rigid. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes that more restraint is needed when it comes to one common audience affliction: uninhibited coughing.

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Planet Opera: In Zurich, Tolerance Fosters Creativity

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From Wagner to Joyce, Zurich, Switzerland has long welcomed creative types with strong viewpoints, writes Fred Plotkin. It's not because of its vaunted neutrality but its spirit of tolerance.

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How a Singer Prepares a Role

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The preparation of a single operatic role can take months or years as singers learn languages, acting, history, movement and make myriad emotional connections to the roles," writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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In Praise of Sir Georg Solti

Friday, May 04, 2012

This year is the birth centennial of Sir Georg Solti. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin profiles the famous conductor. 

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Planet Opera: In Flanders, Cobbled Lanes and Cutting-Edge Opera

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Flanders is an essential part of Europe's opera scene, home to the Vlaamse Opera and the Flanders Festival, and the setting itself for a pair of major operas. Fred Plotkin reports on its musical riches.

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Reflections on Lincoln Center's Redevelopment

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the $1.2 billion renovation project at Lincoln Center -- from the addition of the high-end restaurant to the "visual bling" of the stairs leading up to the plaza.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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Opera for the Pleasure Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"In my many years of operagoing, I have observed and met audience members who are blind or deaf and yet are as passionate about the art form as I am," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Jules Massenet, Ready for Rediscovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

This year marks the centennial of Massenet's death and the French composer is being honored with a new Met production of Manon, as well as new books and an exhibit in Paris. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports.

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The Diva (Part Three): Aretha Franklin, Soul Survivor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin, who will turn 70 on Sunday, "is as exciting, surprising and compelling as when I first heard her in 1967," reports Fred Plotkin, who heard the singer on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Planet Opera: Torino, Italy's 'Other' Opera Capital

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Turin, or Torino, is the only city in Italy right now that rivals Milan when it comes to opera and symphonic music, writes Fred Plotkin. Its food, wine and feeling of sophistication make it worth a visit.

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Planet Opera: Spinning Words into Music in Ireland

Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Irish are the best conversationalists I know," writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "They do not simply banter, but spin out words and phrases in whirling musical arcs that beguile the listener."

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