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Planet Opera: Munich

Friday, August 08, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explains why he thinks the best opera festival in the world is at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Bayreuth

Monday, August 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin writes about Wagner's influences on Bayreuth.

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What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator in Contract Talks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As part of an eleventh-hour effort to resolve a bitter labor dispute at the Metropolitan Opera, the company has proposed to bring in a federal mediator.

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Planet Opera: Bayreuth's Provocative Vision of Wagner

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After a rocky opening, the Bayreuth Festival is proving its mettle as a place where thought-provoking stagings of Wagner take place. Fred Plotkin reports.

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Met Chorus Outlines Scenarios for a Deal as Lockout Looms

Monday, July 28, 2014

"The likelihood of our getting anywhere on working conditions, on health insurance is perilously close to zero," said a singers' union attorney.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Leading Italian Tenor, Dies at 90

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Italian opera singer Carlo Bergonzi, known as the leading Verdi stylist of his generation, died in Milan on Friday. He was 90.

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Stage Malfunction, Boos Greet Opening of Bayreuth Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014

With German political leaders as well as regular opera fans watching nervously, the opening night of the Bayreuth Festival was disrupted by an hour-long technical breakdown.

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Met Opera Building Workers Rally at Lincoln Center

Friday, July 25, 2014

The rally by the union representing the Metropolitan Opera’s janitors, ushers and security guards came a day after the company's management warned of a potential lockout.

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Met Opera Warns Unions of a Lockout

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Met's union negotiations will enter a tension-filled new phase on Friday when lawyers for management and orchestra musicians return to the bargaining table for the first time since early May.

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Meryl Streep to Play Maria Callas in HBO Biopic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The actress Meryl Streep will star as the late, iconic soprano Maria Callas in a forthcoming biopic for HBO, to be directed by Mike Nichols.

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Review: Rameau's Pygmalion Waxes Operatic at Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rameau's one-act Pygmalion received a site-specific staging at Madame Tussauds Tuesday night. Operavore's David Patrick Stearns writes that the venue brought some challenges to the score.

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Metropolitan Opera Cancels Broadcasts of Klinghoffer After Protests

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has called off its broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams and Alice Goodman's landmark 1991 opera, over fears it could "fan global anti-Semitism."

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Metropolitan Opera's Tax Filing Reveals Salary Details

Monday, June 16, 2014

The disclosures might be noncontroversial were it not for the fact that Met management began contract talks with musicians and stagehands last month aimed at cutting expenses.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers – Part Two

Monday, June 16, 2014

Following last week's survey of gifted male opera singers under the age of 40 comes this look at promising young divas.

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40 Under 40: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fred Plotkin has selected 40 singers under 40 who he feels merit your attention and support. This article is about male singers; the next will introduce you to some future divas.

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Wagner's Parsifal from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Wagner's Parsifal featuring Paul Groves in the title role and Thomas Hampson as Amfortas.

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Rimsky-Korsakov's Kitezh

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Today at 4 pm on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh in a production from the Grand Liceu Theatre in Barcelona.

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Strauss Week on Operavore

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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From June 9-13, WQXR is celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Richard Strauss's birth by playing two of his operas a day on the Operavore stream.

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Puccini's Madama Butterfly from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Today at 1 pm, join us for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013 performance of Madama Butterfly, starring soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San and Italian tenor Stefano Secco as Pinkerton.

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