Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin appears in the following:

Giving Tough Advice to Aspiring or Established Opera Singers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"There are times, throughout the career of an opera singer, when they need to be told that they are not ready for a role, not right for a role, or should consider retiring a role," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Eric Owens, In the Moment

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.

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Singers and Swingers: Opera and Golf

Friday, May 02, 2014

Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.

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Bertolt Brecht: Opera's Voice of Reason

Monday, April 28, 2014

German playwright Bertolt Brecht asked his audience to react more with reason than emotion. But as Fred Plotkin writes, his writings made for some stirring operas.

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Planet Opera: Opera in Chicago Avoids Troubles Seen Elsewhere

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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A Wintry Journey of Discontent

Friday, March 28, 2014

Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.

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Rameau Redux: Why the French Composer Deserves Our Attention

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago this September 12, composed more than 30 works for the stage. A few are coming to New York, and it's about time, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Tito Gobbi (#tbt)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.

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The Most Beautiful Tenor Aria? Hear Plácido Domingo Sing Them All

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What is it the most beautiful tenor aria of all? Operavore's Fred Plotkin ventures a list of candidates, and supplies clips of the arias all sung by Placido Domingo.

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Maestros I Would Like to See (and Hear) at the Met

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claudio Abbado’s passing set Fred Plotkin to thinking about conductors whom he would love to hear leading performances at the Met. Here are a dozen standouts.

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What Does It Mean To Be Heroic?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Coffee with Dominique Meyer

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dominique Meyer, the director of the Vienna State Opera, talks with Fred Plotkin about the company's foray into on-demand video streaming.

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The Pleasures of Soft Singing

Monday, February 24, 2014

There are many singers, especially young ones, who have big healthy voices and sing loud all the time. This is a problem, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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Vienna, You Alone

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Vienna is contradictory to be sure," writes Fred Plotkin. "It is a city of amazing art, creativity and innovation, but also of a provincialism that is, most of the time, naively inward-looking."

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Goethe's Legacy in Art and Opera

Monday, February 17, 2014

From Werther to Faust, the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have impacted literature and opera for more than 200 years. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin dives into Goethe's influences in light of a new Werther production.

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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"The season is an engaging mix of standard repertory and unusual offerings to please regulars, newcomers and those with more experimental inclinations," writes Fred Plotkin.

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