Fred Plotkin

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In 'Quartet,' Opera Singers are Retired but not Retiring

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Quartet," a new film directed by Dustin Hoffman, "is a bit too pat and contrived in its conflation of opera and the rigors of old age," writes Fred Plotkin. But he commends it despite its limitations.

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No Thanks for 'Sharing' at the Opera House

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Friends, New Yorkers, Opera Lovers Everywhere," writes Fred Plotkin. "Do I really need to explain why people should not engage in extended conversations at the opera?"

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Planet Opera: In Italy's Small Towns, Opera is Anything But Provincial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Four cities in Italy have created what is known as the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, a consortium that works collaboratively to create four opera productions every season. Fred Plotkin reports from Italy.

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Exclusive Preview: New Wagner Museum Opens in Germany

Friday, January 11, 2013

A new museum dedicated to Richard Wagner opens this weekend near Dresden. Located in a former hunting lodge, it opens as the world gets ready to mark his 200th anniversary, reports Fred Plotkin.

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Opera and the Internet: Making Links

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"When technological devices demand our attention and we feel we are missing something if we don’t constantly check for updates, then we use our time and our senses in different ways," writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Royal Opera Thinks Globally

Friday, January 04, 2013

"While not everything works ideally in any opera company, the Royal Opera has been on a roll," Fred Plotkin reports. But what does the future hold at a time when the company's chief executive is leaving?

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Andrea Chénier: Modern Meanings in Tale of French Revolution

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of its arias became the the most memorable scene in the 1993 film Philadelphia. But far too many opera lovers aren't familiar with Umberto Giordano’s verismo gem, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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In Milan, Italy's Political Crisis Unfolds With a Wagnerian Backdrop

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life imitates art at La Scala, writes Fred Plotkin. "Lohengrin tells the story of a besieged nation whose leadership is fragile and whose freedom is imperiled."

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How Would You Run the International Opera Awards?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A London-based organization called the Opera Awards Foundation announced plans last month for an annual awards gala. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin considers potential recipients.

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Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Stays Cutting Edge

Friday, December 07, 2012

"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.

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Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda Makes a Rare Appearance

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Most of the works of the great bel canto composers — Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti — are seldom performed because few singers are ever up to the task, writes Fred Plotkin. But one such rarity arrives in New York Wednesday night.

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Discovering Xavier Montsalvatge

Friday, November 30, 2012

"When, about ten months ago, I began my Montsalvatge immersion, my approach was to listen to any music I could find," notes Fred Plotkin. "Then, recently, it came to my attention that an exemplary biography has just been published."

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Cloaks and Baggers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Opera fans can be woefully sloppy, writes Fred Plotkin, taking their seats with rumpled coats and multiple shopping bags in tow. Theaters make matters worse by not providing adequate coat check facilities.

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Berenice Has Her Moment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Berenice is suddenly everywhere, writes Fred Plotkin. "In the past week I have encountered her in London, at Carnegie Hall and, Tuesday night she was at the Metropolitan Opera."

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Planet Opera London: Discovering Handel and his Times

Friday, November 16, 2012

A visit to the Handel House Museum, the composer's former home in London, inspires blogger Fred Plotkin to consider his place in the operatic canon. 

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Beethoven and Michelangelo: Colossal Utopianism

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Michelangelo is to art what Beethoven is to music," writes Fred Plotkin. "Beethoven’s music is so life-affirming and we get a sense of the greatness of human potential in his music and in Michelangelo’s art."

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The Problem with Opera in English

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Opera in English is particular, and often challenging, because our vowels are not always beautiful and unfriendly consonants tend to intrude," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Only the Best

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"The idea of optimism becomes difficult in difficult times," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet it is a renewable tonic, one that is not based on naiveté as much as belief."

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Tea and Bagels with Conductor Valery Gergiev

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Russian maestro speaks with Fred Plotkin about a range of topics, including concert hall construction in St. Petersburg, Russia, the stigma around Shostakovich and the benefits of constant touring.

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