Fred Plotkin

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Looking for Maria Callas in Paris

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?

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Overlooked Opera: Così fan tutte

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Così fan tutte," Fred Plotkin can hear you shriek, “how is that an overlooked opera?” To which he would answer that “overlooked” is a word with shades of meaning.
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Salzburg Marionette Theater Pulls Strings, Delivers Opera

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Did Arnold Schoenberg Paint by Numbers?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Arnold Schoenberg was not only an influential composer but a visual artist of enough skill that his paintings rival masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Passions of Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"Among active singers, I can think of no one who owns as many roles as Karita Mattila," writes Fred Plotkin of the Finnish soprano who famously bared all in Salome at the Met.

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Planet Opera: Verona, Con Brio

Friday, November 01, 2013

Most people, when asked what comes to their minds first when they hear the name of Verona, immediately reply, “Romeo and Juliet!" As Fred Plotkin tells us, there's much more to discover.

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Planet Opera: Busseto, At Home With Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Verdi's hometown is a special place, writes Fred Plotkin, with its misty climate and landmarks connected to the composer. It also faces some alarming financial difficulties.

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Plotkin's Guide to Italian Opera Performances in 2013-14

Friday, October 25, 2013

Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.

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Is a New Law Good for Italian Opera Houses?

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the wake of New York City Opera's demise, Fred Plotkin notes, "Italy is besieged in ways we cannot imagine. And yet they understand that culture is worth talking about and trying to save."

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When Opera Orchestras Take a Busman's Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Filarmonica della Scala began as the pit orchestra for Italy's La Scala opera house. As Fred Plotkin reports from Milan, the ensemble has a lively agenda apart from accompanying opera singers.

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Richard Bonynge and the Pursuit of Beautiful Sound

Friday, October 11, 2013

The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Sacred Verdi

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fred Plotkin considers some of Verdi's most compelling religious works and how a non-religious man could produce music that speaks so powerfully to very devout people.

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Watching 'Peppino': A Survey of the Tutto Verdi Video Series

Friday, October 04, 2013

One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.

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American Dream, American Tragedy: The Demise of the New York City Opera

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A loss of leadership, mission, a home and visibility all contributed to City Opera's downfall, writes Fred Plotkin. But is it too late for a generous donor to step forward?

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Planet Opera: At the Salzburg Festival, A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Salzburg Festival named a new director this week. Fred Plotkin takes the occasion to consider why the town of Salzburg is about much more than just the Von Trapps and Mozart.

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'Half Hour, Ladies and Gentlemen'

Monday, September 23, 2013

"In recent years, some of the traditional behaviors of audiences in the 30 minutes before the maestro enters the orchestra pit have fallen into disuse," laments Fred Plotkin.

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Giving Voice to Dolores Claiborne

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bringing a new opera into the world is a daunting task at any time, but Tobias Picker's Stephen King adaptation faced a challenge, potentially fatal, that few works do, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Planet Opera: An Opera-Lover's Guide to Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Opera lovers in Washington, DC may not be the most demonstrative around, seldom with a "bravo" or "boo," but they can still recognize the city's rich offerings for fans of classical voice, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Kennedy Center Honor a Flourish to Martina Arroyo's Remarkable Career

Friday, September 13, 2013

Harlem-born soprano Martina Arroyo was one of five artists nominated for a Kennedy Center honor on Thursday. Fred Plotkin says the award was richly deserved.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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