Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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."
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
As this post was being written, nine young singers are preparing for one of the most important days of their careers. Read on to find out why.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
South Africa has produced some extraordinary singers but it has yet generate a major homegrown opera. Fred Plotkin considers the potential of an opera "flavored with the cadences of Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Te Kanawa, who turns 68 on Tuesday, is an example of a singer who knew how to pick roles that perfectly suited her, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
Friday, March 02, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Even while absent from the conductor's podium, Music Director James Levine's presence is nonetheless still felt in The Metropolitan Opera's upcoming programs. Blogger Fred Plotkin shares his highlights.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sipping a flavorful tea and enjoying an opera are mutually compatible activities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. One composer has even written an opera on the subject.
Friday, February 17, 2012
One is a veteran artist who gets better all the time; the other is a young singer whose immense gifts and potential suggest he might achieve comparable things, writes Fred Plotkin.