Olivia Giovetti

Olivia Giovetti is the former Classical & Opera contributing editor for Time Out New York and a regular contributor to Gramophone and Classical Singer magazines. She has also written for the Washington Post, Ariama.com, Playbill, Paper and other outlets. Olivia also blogs at http://oliviagiovetti.wordpress.com, where one of her ongoing (and admittedly ill-advised) projects is listening to every opera in chronological order.

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Shock and Awe

Friday, October 05, 2012

The question that seems to be pervading the world of art and creative thought, as we approach the centenary of The Rite of Spring, is one that could be responded to in over 10,000 words and still not fully answered: Does art still shock?

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Autumn in Opera

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Are there operas you associate with autumn? For blogger Olivia Giovetti, they include Lucia di Lammermoor, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto and Russian operas.

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'Dog Days' Brings a Post-Apocalyptic Era to New Jersey

Friday, September 28, 2012

Some of the greatest works in opera deal with the end of some form of civilization or another, writs Olivia Giovetti. The latest example is the new opera Dog Days, which gets its premiere on Sunday.

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The Top 10 Opera Fans from Film and Television

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From Nicolas Cage’s character in Moonstruck to Frasier Crane in "Cheers" and "Fraiser," we look at film and television’s greatest opera lovers. Check out Olivia Giovetti's list and share your own favorites.

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Tell Us How You Really Feel

Monday, September 24, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we revisit our taste of Valgeir Sigurdsson's Architecture of Loss. Sampled on last week's program, it's our current Album of the Week and we'll hear it in rotation with new music from Jonny Greenwood and Kaija Saariaho.

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The Making of a Cult Opera

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cult classics in inspire rabid fandom that familiar works never achieve. Blogger Olivia Giovetti examines why, and considers cult operas such as Wozzeck, From the House of the Dead, La Périchole, Vanessa and Prince Igor.

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Just Like an Opera

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"In listening to Tempest, Bob Dylan’s newest album which dropped last Tuesday, I can’t help but be reminded of Stravinsky," writes Olivia Giovetti. Indeed, Dylan's songs frequently aspire to art-song sophistication.

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Visual Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we hear new recordings from composers Kenji Bunch and Valgeir Sigurdsson, along with cellist Mariel Roberts.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Goes on the Couch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Second City comedy troupe is teaming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to produce short films about a therapist named Dr. Opera who counsels famous opera characters. Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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How Political Conventions are Similar to Opera

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the fall political conventions now over, blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the similarities between these staged spectacles and those involving arias, divas and high musical drama.

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Beach Body

Monday, September 10, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we celebrate the return of Einstein on the Beach to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a listen to the opera's 1984 recording, recently reissued in highlights form on Orange Mountain Music. 

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Ten Recordings We're Looking Forward to This Fall

Friday, September 07, 2012

From a Mario Lanza tribute to a new Don Giovanni, there are also a number of recordings to devour before winter. Here are ten albums blogger Olivia Giovetti is most looking forward to hearing this fall.

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Fifteen Performances to Catch this Fall

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This fall, Emperor Titus returns to the Met, Philip Glass returns to BAM, Simon Keenlyside returns to Berg and VOX returns to City Opera. Here are our picks for the upcoming New York opera season.

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Out of Somewhere

Monday, September 03, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we take an in-depth look at new recordings from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vivian Fung, and Philip Glass. It’s Glass’s The Passion of Ramakrishna that’s our current Album of the Week as we enter a weeklong festival of the composer: Music of Constant Change.

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Passion Plays: Joan of Arc on the Opera Stage

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joan of Arc has been portrayed as a villainess by Shakespeare, an angel by George Bernard Shaw, and has seen her share of operatic representation, figuring into more than 20 works, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Operatic Clarinet and Episodic Mass at Mostly Mozart

Monday, August 27, 2012

This year's Mostly Mozart Festival went out more with a sigh than a bang, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. And yet, "it was no less absorbing; an intriguing send-off to a festival that centered on the influence of birdsong."

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Music Married to Rhythm

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by Bartók, Balakirev, Beata Moon, and Philip Glass. We also go in-depth with MSR Classics’s John Cage: A Tribute, a compendium of historic re-releases of the composer’s canon in celebration of his centennial. It’s our Album of the Week.

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Mark Morris's Four Best Uses of Baroque Music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Choreographer Mark Morris has made memorable dances out of works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel and Purcell, among others. Olivia Giovetti looks at why he's got such a thing for the Baroque.

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Nine Operatic Tweeters to Follow

Monday, August 20, 2012

Social media trends come and go (remember Friendster?), but Twitter remains a stalwart presence. With that in mind, we take a look at some of opera's best tweeters.

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Mythical Sounds, Historical Figures

Monday, August 20, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we give a listen to new recordings from Magnus Lindberg, Per Norgard, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Bent Lorentzen, and — on our current album of the week — Viktor Ullmann.

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