Fred Plotkin

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Succumbing to the Eboli Virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The immediacy and excitement of the music and character of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo are irresistible even to people who insist that they hate opera, writes Fred Plotkin.
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The Depth of Klinghoffer: What Does the Controversy Say About Freedom of Expression?

Friday, October 17, 2014

With the Met Opera's controversial production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" opening on Monday, Fred Plotkin asks whether its detractors approach it with a full understanding.
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Youth Gets Its Day in Opera. Now Where Are the Honors for Veteran Artists?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As young singing talent is recognized at a gala awards evening, Fred Plotkin asks why the Kennedy Center Honors have overlooked opera this year, and who deserves the awards.
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Planet Opera: Toronto Beckons Singers and Their Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Canada has produced many magnificent opera singers but, in its customary self-effacing way, the country does not brag about them, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Giulio Gatti Casazza: The General Manager Who Changed the Met

Friday, October 03, 2014

A new biography of Giulio Gatti Casazza, the Metropolitan Opera's manager from 1908 to 1935, reminds us of the value of strong arts administrators, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Migrating Maestros: Why Are So Many European Conductors Quitting?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin says it's because of the paucity of able managers who can fundraise, maintain good labor relations and forge a creative vision with a music director.
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Doing It By Rota: Discovering the Underappreciated Italian Composer

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nina Rota wrote amazingly infectious and memorable music for films by many of Italy's top directors, writes Fred Plotkin. So why don't orchestras play it more often?
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Going Live: Curtain Up at the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, September 19, 2014

That sudden blast of warm air felt in New York in early September was not climate change. It was the collective exhalation of hundreds of thousands of relieved opera lovers.
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Dressed to Kill: Are Opera Audiences Becoming Too Casual?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Which is more disrespectful: booing during a performance or dressing like you're there to mow the lawn? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers changing rules of etiquette.
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Does Booing at La Scala Ruin the Show?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tenor Roberto Alagna has decided not to return to La Scala this November. The reason: he did not want to endure the catcalls of the loggionisti, Fred Plotkin weighs in.
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Planet Opera: Performances Not to Miss in the 2014-2015 Season

Thursday, September 04, 2014

For the intrepid opera fan, there should be plenty to savor this season. Here are ten global cities (including one tour) featuring notable performances.
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Planet Opera: Going to the Sources

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One can learn a lot about operas by going to the cities where they are set. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's Rome, Carmen's Seville and the natural world of Wagner.
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Is There Anything Sound about Sound Design?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes, "There is a euphemism I don’t much care for: Sound Design." Here's why.
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Patrice Chéreau’s Testament

Friday, August 22, 2014

Patrice Chéreau was one of the few directors equally adept with spoken theater, film and opera. Fred Plotkin considers his last opera production.
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Has There Ever Been a Music of the Future?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After Wagner espoused "The Music of the Future," the Italian Futurist movement glorified speed and industry. Do these qualities make good art?
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In Search of Richard Strauss in Bavaria

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With this being the Strauss anniversary year, blogger Fred Plotkin tracked down some of the composer's haunts in Munich, and got access to his villa in nearby Garmisch.

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Planet Opera: Munich

Friday, August 08, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains why he thinks the best opera festival in the world is at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Bayreuth

Monday, August 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Wagner's influences on Bayreuth.

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Planet Opera: Bayreuth's Provocative Vision of Wagner

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After a rocky opening, the Bayreuth Festival is proving its mettle as a place where thought-provoking stagings of Wagner take place. Fred Plotkin reports.

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Stage Malfunction, Boos Greet Opening of Bayreuth Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014

With German political leaders as well as regular opera fans watching nervously, the opening night of the Bayreuth Festival was disrupted by an hour-long technical breakdown.

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