Fred Plotkin

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Giotto as an Operatic Inspiration

Friday, October 16, 2015

"What Bach is to music, Giotto is to Renaissance art and all that followed," writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation of his dramatic paintings.
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I Went to a Wedding and an Opera Broke Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You can go to quite a few operas in which a wedding takes place but last week, Fred Plotkin had a new experience.
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Learning Italian at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at how you can study Italian by attending the opera. There are no fewer than 19 such opportunities at the Met this season.
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In Praise of Healthy Voices

Friday, October 02, 2015

Healthy voices are a boon to opera fans, writes Fred Plotkin. He cites three star sopranos who are singing roles that Met audiences have not heard them in.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen on How Composers Evoke a Sense of Place

Monday, September 28, 2015

A change of scenery can do a lot for a composer's musical perspective, Esa-Pekka Salonen tells Operavore's Fred Plotkin.
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The Advantages of Sundays at the Opera

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday matinees, if marketed and priced intelligently, might lure back some of the suburban and outer-borough audiences that the Met Opera has lost, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Must Opera Be 'Relevant'?

Friday, September 18, 2015

"I am asked, even more than usual, the exhaustingly trite question of whether opera is still 'relevant,'" writes Fred Plotkin. You might be surprised at his response.
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When Opera Singers Work the Worship Circuit

Monday, September 14, 2015

For even established opera singers, church and synagogue gigs are a necessary means of paying the rent, writes Fred Plotkin. But does it help to subscribe to a given faith?
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For Opera Lovers, London Beckons with Creative Energy

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

As Queen Elizabeth became the longest-serving monarch in British history Wednesday, British opera lovers were looking to the season ahead. Fred Plotkin reports from London.
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Discovering Charlotte Wesley Holloman

Friday, September 04, 2015

Charlotte Wesley Holloman, who died on July 30, led a remarkable life as an opera singer, voice teacher and member of an historic African-American community on Martha’s Vineyard.
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The Art of Staying Awake at the Opera

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the Sandman arrives while you are watching an opera, but there are ways to keep him at bay, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Sydney Icon Remains a Draw, Though Not Necessarily For Opera Fans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In recent years, Opera Australia has taken a “modernize or die” approach to productions, casting and repertory. But while ticket sales have increased, opera is only part of the picture.
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Beau, Beau, Beaumarchais from dell’Arte Opera

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at dell’Arte Opera's August repertory entirely drawn from the writings of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
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The Musician Portraits of John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin digs into a new Metropolitan Museum John Singer Sargent exhibit and discovers many of his portraits of notable musicians from the time.
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The Eternal Appeal of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Monday, August 10, 2015

"The Magic Flute" is a bread-and-butter opera that audiences seem glad to return to or buy tickets for if they have never heard it. Fred Plotkin considers its staying power.
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Across the U.S., Puccini's 'Tosca' Remains Insanely Popular

Friday, August 07, 2015

Among the two most ubiquitous works in upcoming opera seasons are Tosca and Die Zauberflöte. In the first of a two-part series, Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's popularity.
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Someone's Cooking at the Opera

Monday, August 03, 2015

When opera singers or actors are called on to cook on stage, their job suddenly gets far more complicated – whether it's frying bacon or cleaning a fish.
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The Expo Effect: Why New York Needs Big Cultural Initiatives

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York City desperately needs to make real its sense of being the most consequential metropolis in the world, writes Fred Plotkin. This can happen through major arts projects.
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How Opera Productions are Revived

Friday, July 24, 2015

three-quarters of the operas at the Met next season will be productions from the past, including Wagner's Tannhäuser. Fred Plotkin looks at the art of the revival.
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Performing Opera, Italianamente

Monday, July 20, 2015

There's a spontaneity in Italian culture that emphasizes usefulness, durability and beauty, writes Fred Plotkin. There's also fatalism, which underlies Italy's greatest operas.
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