Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin appears in the following:

Lenny's Legacy: An Appreciation of Bernstein on His 98th Birthday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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'Everyone with any connection to music in New York encountered Bernstein,' writes Fred Plotkin, who shares his personal memories of the maestro in honor of his birthday.
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Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

Monday, August 22, 2016

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The great soprano Daniela Dessi, who died on Saturday, Aug. 20, was a great example of a singer blessed with a rich 'vita interiore,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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From Sayão to Saudade: Brazil's Contributions to Opera

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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With the Olympics bringing our attention to Brazil, Fred Plotkin looks at the history of opera in the country, including its Amazonian theaters, star singers and intangible emotions.
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Singular Voices: Barbra Streisand

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Fred Plotkin begins a series honoring unique voices from opera and the stage. First up: Barbra Streisand, who is making a pair of rare appearances at the Barclays Center.
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Everything Sounds Better in Yiddish

Monday, August 08, 2016

A new production at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene leads Fred Plotkin to ruminate on the roots of Yiddish theater in New York City and its connections to opera.
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A Recipe for Success on the Opera Stage

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Julia Child once said that the key to successful cooking is buying the right ingredients; likewise in opera, the key to a great performance starts with a great cast.
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Before HD, the Met Tour Brought Opera to the US and World

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Thirty years after the Metropolitan Opera staged its last national tour, Fred Plotkin looks back at its influence on opera around the country and the world.
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We Love Carol Vaness

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Carol Vaness, whose birthday is this week, was 'an always exciting and engaging artist whose work was not appreciated as fully as I think it should have been,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Notes on a Week of High Drama in London

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Fred Plotkin experiences theater on both London's cultural and political stages during his latest visit in which he saw the opera, a Shakespearean drama and a change of prime ministers.
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A Coughing Matter

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Are fragrances and overactive cooling systems driving audiences into hacking fits? Fred Plotkin muses on the state of air quality in our theaters.
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Finding Opera and Freedom in Cincinnati

Monday, July 11, 2016

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A trip to Cincinnati to see productions of Beethoven's 'Fidelio' and Gregory Spears's 'Fellow Travelers' spurs a meditation on opera's relevance to real life. 
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Entrance Interview: Matthew Shilvock, SF Opera's Next General Director

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Before he becomes the general director of San Francisco Opera on Aug. 1, Matthew Shilvock spoke to Fred Plotkin about his vision for the company.
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How 'Brexit' Affects Opera and the Arts

Friday, July 01, 2016

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From artist contracts to work visas, Fred Plotkin looks at the implications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union in the opera world and beyond.
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When Is an Unfinished Work of Art Incomplete? Part 2

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Fred Plotkin continues his investigation into the nature of unfinished works of arts, including a show at the Met Breuer and two musicals that open this question.
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When Is an Unfinished Work Incomplete?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Are works left unfinished, such as Gaudí's Sagrada Familia or Schubert's Eighth Symphony, still complete in other ways? Fred Plotkin investigates this question.
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Sketches from the Opera House

Friday, June 17, 2016

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A new book featuring drawings of opera singers and houses inspires Fred Plotkin to think about draughtsman, photographers and other artists who've depicted "our favorite art form."
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How to Make Opera Hot and Cool? LoftOpera Has the Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Startup classical music and opera companies are attracting younger audiences with daring programs in unconventional spaces. Fred Plotkin explores the not-so-new keys to their success.
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In Dresden Cultural Riches Abound Throughout This 'Florence on the Elbe'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Fred Plotkin visits Dresden, Germany, where he is impressed by a production of 'Lohengrin,' as well as museums, architecture and other musical offerings around the city.
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A Wish List for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, June 03, 2016

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As the Metropolitan Opera welcomes its future music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fred Plotkin offers a few suggestions for both the maestro and the organization.
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How Deborah Rutter Manages: A Conversation with the Kennedy Center President

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fred Plotkin sits down with Deborah Rutter for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
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