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Fred Plotkin

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No Roses or Rosaries for Carmen and Carmélites

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes a look at two new productions of Carmen and Carmélites from indie East Village Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.

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What Our Music Collections Say About Us

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A home organization project prompts blogger Fred Plotkin to ask: What is the opera you have the most recordings of? Are there any operas you believe merit a new recording?

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Opera, Come Rain or Come Shine

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

This summer has seen huge downpours interrupt several summer music festivals around the globe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the presence of rain storms off-stage and on (see: Rossini, Wagner).

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When Puccini Got the Willies

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The ballet Giselle was the inspiration for Puccini’s first opera, Le Villi. It could be argued that this work, seldom seen now, had a profound impact on how Puccini’s career would develop.

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Sleuthing Singer Discovers Long Lost Aria by Cilea

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently encountered a lost aria from Francesco Cilea's 1897 opera L’Arlesiana. He tells blogger Fred Plotkin about his discovery.

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An Olympian Opera

Friday, July 27, 2012

What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.

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Is it Ethical to Take an Empty Seat in a Theater?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Plenty of us know the concert-going routine: an empty seat opens up in a better location and you pounce. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes this is problematic. Here's why.

Poll: Are empty seats yours to take?

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Planet Opera: Fairbanks, Alaska, Where Opera is a Force of Nature

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.

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Nudity for Opera Buffs

Monday, July 16, 2012

From Salome to Samson et Delila to Wagner's Rheinmaidens, opera singers are occasionally asked to bare all. "As a general rule," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "nudity is fine if it is an integral part of the story."

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Operatic Sounds of Silence

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Take Me Out to the Opera

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The All-Star Game is the baseball equivalent of an opera gala, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "The greatest practitioners of their craft gather in one place and give audiences pleasure and excitement."

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Spotlight: Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia Gets Its Moment

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Remembering Evelyn Lear, Soprano with Magnetic Presence

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.

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Planet Opera: In Brussels, Culture Takes an Adventurous Path

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To many, Brussels brings to mind quarreling constituents in a large bureaucracy. But the city has a compelling musical scene that does not reveal itself as insistently as other cities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Dining With Caruso Near the Old Met

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A delightful exhibition of old New York restaurants recently opened at the New York Public Library. It reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the tenor Enrico Caruso, who loved food and frequented the restaurants around the Old Met.

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Unsung Singers: Sandrine Piau Conjures a Spirit of Intimacy and Romance

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.

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When Art is Noble and Beliefs May Not Be

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.

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What the Best Conductors and Critics Can Teach Us

Friday, June 15, 2012

The best conductors and critics have a great deal to teach us, writes Fred Plotkin, whether we are performers or lovers of opera and classical music.

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The Blurry Line Between Opera and Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“I love opera!” Fred Plotkin is so frequently told. “I have seen The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables ten times each and have every record by Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and the Three Tenors!”

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Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Thursday, June 07, 2012

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.

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