Fred Plotkin

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zürich, Wagner's base for nine years, became a place where he could reflect upon, and amplify, his ideas and theories, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Microphones at the Opera: Reverb, Static and Feedback

Friday, July 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin continues his discussion of the contentious topic of amplified opera singers with microphones and how it affects our senses.

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In Opera, There is No Such Thing as a Magic Mike

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin reviews the issue of microphones and amplification during opera performances. Should they be used? Should they be disclosed to those attending?

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The Art of the Prima Donna: Grace Bumbry

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This is the first of what will be an occasional series about prima donnas, those irresistible singers whose talents and larger-than-life personalities never fail to fascinate and inspire opera fans.

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Overlooked Operas: Weber's Der Freischütz

Monday, July 08, 2013

Weber's Der Freischütz has been unjustly ignored outside of the German-speaking world, writes Fred Plotkin. Yet this opera foreshadows much of what followed.

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King George III: Mad About Opera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An opera about George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was written by Peter Maxwell Davies in the late 1960s and is called Eight Songs for a Mad King. This 33-minute work is a searing account of madness.

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In Memoriam: Alida Ferrarini

Monday, July 01, 2013

Soprano Alida Ferrarini, who died last week, was one of the most idiomatic interpreters of the light soprano repertory, mostly in Italian, writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Singers and their Finances, Part Two: Time and Taxes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses some basic ideas for the singer (and, to a lesser extent, all self-employed creative people) about how to manage your life so that art and commerce can happily coexist.

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Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most aspiring opera singers must find ways to pay the bills and student loans while aiming for the stage. Some get day jobs, more than a few go to Europe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the operatic paycheck.

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Understanding Opera Singers and their Health

Friday, June 21, 2013

Singers lead a rough life. They travel a great deal, being exposed to airplanes, jet lag, unfamiliar food, and people with germs who gush too long and too close. The result: a nonstop battle against sickness.

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What Makes for a Winning Conductor?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I have heard more than a few conductors remark, when asked if there are any compensations for the inevitable fact that we are all getting older, that for a maestro his 70s can be a golden time," writes Fred Plotkin."

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Letts Do It: Little Latvia Packs a Big Musical Punch

Friday, June 14, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes of the State Choir of Latvia which he heard while attending a concert at Lucern, Switzerland.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: How Opera Speaks to Our Deepest Selves

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin's thoughts on relevance in opera in an art form that is constantly being reframed in a world where events unfold at an accelerated rate.

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La Scala's New Chief: 'Salzburg’s Leftovers' or a Fresh Start?

Friday, June 07, 2013

When the announcement came that Alexander Pereira had been selected as the next chief of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, smartphones all over the music world commenced to vibrate ceaselessly.

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Planet Opera: Philadelphia for Operavores

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you stroll down Philadelphia’s Broad Street, one of the city’s grand thoroughfares, you will notice that one prime section, not far from City Hall, is known as the Walk of Fame. It honors illustrious Philadelphians in the arts with their names in stars on the pavement. This is a positive indication of the values of this historic cradle of the American Republic.

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Voices of Summer

Friday, May 31, 2013

"There has been a stunning revival of opera in unusual places this year, much of it in spring and summer, a period when opera offerings were once meager," writes Fred Plotkin. Here are a few highlights.

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Spring Awakening: Activity at NYC's Small Opera Companies

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"I used to have a slight depression when the Met ended its season," writes Fred Plotkin. But a busy crop of smaller opera companies serves as a needed pick-me-up.

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Planet Opera: A San Francisco Treat

Friday, May 24, 2013

"You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco has a lot to like," writes Fred Plotkin. Along with its food, art, weather, sports and other virtues, that includes great opera.

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Richard Wagner, Love Him or Hate Him?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses the question that that he is asked most often: “How/why can you like Wagner?” The answer: It's complicated.

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In Opera, and at the Museum, Clothing Makes the Character

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two current exhibits at the Met Museum prompt blogger Fred Plotkin to consider how "singers need to be taught how to wear costumes, not only for proper movement but for creation of character."

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