Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Friday, December 09, 2011
How does illness or disability affect creative and performing artists? As blogger Fred Plotkin writes, this question has confronted artists from Mahler and Britten to James Levine and Thomas Quasthoff.
Monday, December 05, 2011
In the past few years, several opera companies have shut their doors, seemingly due to a lack of funding. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers whether it's due to the Great Recession, or part of a larger trend.
Friday, December 02, 2011
It is not that we don’t have excellent singers now, writes Fred Plotkin. But Shirley Verrett’s generation was steeped in the kind of training to be an overall artist that is sorely missing today.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Why do some opera singers have such a hard time with what should be a key part of their job, namely, mastering foreign languages? Blogger Fred Plotkin has some theories.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Catania, Italy was the birthplace of Vincenzo Bellini, perhaps the greatest melodist of any opera composer. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers this guide.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Some operagoers like hearing their favorite singers return in familiar roles. Others prefer the spice of variety. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at why companies return to the tried-and-true.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Met was once a frisky couple's paradise, writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin. "In the seventies and eighties, there were nights in the audience that felt like the Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila."
Monday, November 14, 2011
Vienna is often considered Mozart and Schubert's town. But Beethoven left his own indelible mark on the city, writes Fred Plotkin.
Friday, November 11, 2011
As scholars now attempt to explain a war that has passed into history, they should look to the artists at least as much as the politicians to understand what it was about, writes Fred Plotkin.
Monday, November 07, 2011
In our modern world of opera, there is little room for the prima donna. They are capricious, hard to work with, often hard to live with. But they are never dull, writes Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
More than 40 great singers, composers, directors and actors were present at a tribute to Marilyn Horne this week. Blogger Fred Plotkin reflects on her singular career.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
This weekend will see a preview of parts of an opera about Salomon Sulzer, a composer known to Schubert and Liszt who was Vienna’s chief cantor during the 19th Century.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A great opera can be loud but not overbearing. That's not the case in many restaurants and other public spaces, where increasing noise has deadened our senses, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth is 2013 and blogger Fred Plotkin fears he'll be overlooked amid the bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi. Here's why he shouldn't be.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Antonin Dvorak's vision of a "New World" still speaks to people today, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Monday, October 17, 2011
In the previous dispatches of this series about staging opera in tough economic times, we explored many choices opera companies can make to do great art without descending into financial disaster, whether it be cutting productions, re-using old ones or sharing costs among companies.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
When times are tough, many opera companies play it safe. Blogger Fred Plotkin argues for the importance of diverse programming, particularly in light of the recent headlines about the Met's finances.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Like him or not, Christopher Columbus is one of the foremost figures in world history and, as such, more complex than even opera can do justice to. Yet some have tried, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
When an opera company takes a beloved old production and replaces it with something new and potentially controversial, audiences become alarmed. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the keepers at the Met.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Even during these tough economic times, the Metropolitan Opera has been charging forth with ambitious projects in the belief that this energy and visibility will keep opera consequential. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the costs versus benefits.