Fred Plotkin

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What I Subscribe To

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin ponders the role of subscriptions in the health of performance arts institutions.

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Dutch Marionette Artist has the Opera World on a String

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.

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Planet Opera: In Amsterdam, Sharing Moments with History

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A particular characteristic of life in Amsterdam is the nearly untranslatable and unpronounceable word gezellig. It applies to many aspects of life and music in the Dutch city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Maestro's Ears

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sometimes a good conductor can help an orchestra overcome a flawed concert hall; other times a great hall can mask the shortcomings of a poor conductor. Fred Plotkin considers the relationship of maestro, hall and orchestra.

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Librettos and Libations: Music in the Vineyards

Monday, February 04, 2013

Wine, whether still, sparkling or fortified, really flows in opera – from the elixir in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore to Champagne in Die Fledermaus. Fred Plotkin considers these heady connections.

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Master Class: Joyce DiDonato Delivers Lessons at Juilliard

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"On January 25, at the Juilliard School, Joyce DiDonato gave a master class on how to give a master class," writes Fred Plotkin.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Leipzig

Friday, January 25, 2013

Anyone who loves opera surely knows by now that 2013 marks the bicentennial of the births of Richard Wagner (May 22) and Giuseppe Verdi (October 10), the colossi of 19th Century opera.

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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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