Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Thursday, August 09, 2012
A home organization project prompts blogger Fred Plotkin to ask: What is the opera you have the most recordings of? Are there any operas you believe merit a new recording?
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
This summer has seen huge downpours interrupt several summer music festivals around the globe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the presence of rain storms off-stage and on (see: Rossini, Wagner).
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently encountered a lost aria from Francesco Cilea's 1897 opera L’Arlesiana. He tells blogger Fred Plotkin about his discovery.
Friday, July 27, 2012
What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The All-Star Game is the baseball equivalent of an opera gala, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "The greatest practitioners of their craft gather in one place and give audiences pleasure and excitement."
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
Thursday, June 21, 2012
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
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.