Fred Plotkin

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Watching 'Peppino': A Survey of the Tutto Verdi Video Series

Friday, October 04, 2013

One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.

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American Dream, American Tragedy: The Demise of the New York City Opera

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A loss of leadership, mission, a home and visibility all contributed to City Opera's downfall, writes Fred Plotkin. But is it too late for a generous donor to step forward?

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Planet Opera: At the Salzburg Festival, A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Salzburg Festival named a new director this week. Fred Plotkin takes the occasion to consider why the town of Salzburg is about much more than just the Von Trapps and Mozart.

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'Half Hour, Ladies and Gentlemen'

Monday, September 23, 2013

"In recent years, some of the traditional behaviors of audiences in the 30 minutes before the maestro enters the orchestra pit have fallen into disuse," laments Fred Plotkin.

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Giving Voice to Dolores Claiborne

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bringing a new opera into the world is a daunting task at any time, but Tobias Picker's Stephen King adaptation faced a challenge, potentially fatal, that few works do, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Planet Opera: An Opera-Lover's Guide to Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Opera lovers in Washington, DC may not be the most demonstrative around, seldom with a "bravo" or "boo," but they can still recognize the city's rich offerings for fans of classical voice, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Kennedy Center Honor a Flourish to Martina Arroyo's Remarkable Career

Friday, September 13, 2013

Harlem-born soprano Martina Arroyo was one of five artists nominated for a Kennedy Center honor on Thursday. Fred Plotkin says the award was richly deserved.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Norma: Loved Her, Hated It

Friday, September 06, 2013

"The production and the performances were incredible, unbelievable, singular, unforgettable and many other adjectives that can imply both the state of ultrawonderfulness and ultradreadfulness."

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Falling In Love Again (with Opera): A Preview of New York's Autumn Opera Events

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.

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The Salzburg Effect

Thursday, August 29, 2013

"You don’t have to look too hard in Salzburg to discover what makes it stimulating. The city has an innate respect for Kunst und Kultur, or Art and Culture," writes Fred Plotkin.

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MLK and The Musical Stuff of Dreams

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Martin Luther King knew something about opera – his widow Coretta Scott King studied opera singing in Boston. He also was a master at the musicality of words and speech, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Julius Rudel Tells It Like It Is (and Was)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Former New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel recently published a memoir, which despite its flaws, provides a history of the company and its most important figure.

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Shakespeare, the Musical Muse

Friday, August 16, 2013

Shakespeare’s plays, with their gorgeous language, are not always congenial for musical adaptation. And yet, the stories and characters are so vivid and, yes, human, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Remembering Regina Resnik

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The death of someone like Regina Resnik, which happened on August 8, just weeks before her 91st birthday, is akin to a library burning to the ground," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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The Russians are Coming! Locating the Slavic Soul in Opera

Friday, August 09, 2013

Two rarely-heard operas have caught the attention of blogger Fred Plotkin: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Prokofiev's Maddalena. The latter is being called "a scandalous, hot-blooded love triangle."

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The Sacred Rossini

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If Rossini took comfort from religious observance, we don’t know too much about it. His letters are seldom pious in nature, but his music offers other clues, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Thomas Hampson Takes the Hot Seat on BBC's 'HardTalk'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.

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The Gospel Truth About Opera

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No matter how extravagant the vocal acrobatics might be, if singing—whether opera, gospel or just about anything else—is not anchored in genuine sentiment, it will ring as heartless and false, writes Fred Plotkin.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich (Part II)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wagner's relationship with Otto Wesendonck, his most important financial backer, and the young and beautiful Mathilde Wesendonck, who became his most important muse, made for real drama, writes Fred Plotkin.

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