Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Friday, July 06, 2012
Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
To many, Brussels brings to mind quarreling constituents in a large bureaucracy. But the city has a compelling musical scene that does not reveal itself as insistently as other cities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A delightful exhibition of old New York restaurants recently opened at the New York Public Library. It reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the tenor Enrico Caruso, who loved food and frequented the restaurants around the Old Met.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.
Friday, June 15, 2012
The best conductors and critics have a great deal to teach us, writes Fred Plotkin, whether we are performers or lovers of opera and classical music.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
“I love opera!” Fred Plotkin is so frequently told. “I have seen The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables ten times each and have every record by Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and the Three Tenors!”
Thursday, June 07, 2012
With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Although no new music has been composed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, taking place this week, an opera by Benjamin Britten deserves to be revived for the occasion, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Verdi's operas — with their themes of anti-authoritarianism and democracy — spelled danger for the various governments that controlled the occupied Italy in the mid 19th century.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Friday, May 04, 2012
This year is the birth centennial of Sir Georg Solti. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin profiles the famous conductor.
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.