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Fred Plotkin

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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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Gloriana: An Opera Fit for a Queen

Monday, June 04, 2012

Although no new music has been composed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, taking place this week, an opera by Benjamin Britten deserves to be revived for the occasion, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Exit Music: Choosing Your Final Playlist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?

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When Verdi was Savaged by the Censors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Verdi's operas — with their themes of anti-authoritarianism and democracy spelled danger for the various governments that controlled the occupied Italy in the mid 19th century.

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A Bountiful Falstaff Gets Everything Right

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A new production of Verdi's Falstaff at London's Royal Opera House updates the setting to 1950s England in a way that is "fresh, vibrant and relevant" writes Fred Plotkin.

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A Princely Encounter with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's death last week reminded blogger Fred Plotkin of "an indelible day in 1976, when my path crossed with the baritone in the most amusing way." Here's what happened.

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Who Should Direct an Opera Production?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Opera company directors often speak of a need for fresh theatrical values. But as Fred Plotkin writes, "'fresh values' only work if the director is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about opera."

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Coughy Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Classical concert-going is sometimes criticized as too formal and rigid. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes that more restraint is needed when it comes to one common audience affliction: uninhibited coughing.

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Planet Opera: In Zurich, Tolerance Fosters Creativity

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From Wagner to Joyce, Zurich, Switzerland has long welcomed creative types with strong viewpoints, writes Fred Plotkin. It's not because of its vaunted neutrality but its spirit of tolerance.

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How a Singer Prepares a Role

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The preparation of a single operatic role can take months or years as singers learn languages, acting, history, movement and make myriad emotional connections to the roles," writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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In Praise of Sir Georg Solti

Friday, May 04, 2012

This year is the birth centennial of Sir Georg Solti. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin profiles the famous conductor. 

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Planet Opera: In Flanders, Cobbled Lanes and Cutting-Edge Opera

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Flanders is an essential part of Europe's opera scene, home to the Vlaamse Opera and the Flanders Festival, and the setting itself for a pair of major operas. Fred Plotkin reports on its musical riches.

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Reflections on Lincoln Center's Redevelopment

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the $1.2 billion renovation project at Lincoln Center -- from the addition of the high-end restaurant to the "visual bling" of the stairs leading up to the plaza.

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Memories of Lincoln Center, Fifty Years On

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"As you stand on the central plaza of the complex and look in all directions, you see imposing buildings but might not know some of their unusual stories, what they were intended for and what they have become," writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Richard Horowitz, Who Makes Timpani Sing, To Retire After 66 Years at Met

Friday, April 13, 2012

Word is spreading through the opera community of an epochal change at the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Horowitz, principal timpanist of the company, will retire at the end of the season.

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The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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Readings of the "Ring"

Friday, April 06, 2012

Richard Wagner’s series of 4 operas known collectively as the "Ring," now cycling through at The Metropolitan Opera, represents one of the great cultural treasures of the Western World. Maintaining a startling level of ambition and achievement over a period of almost 20 hours of music, the cycle defies easy description. Author Fred Plotkin joins us to explain why the "Ring" impacts everything from Hollywood to Bugs Bunny to environmentalism.

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Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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Samuel Barber, Ready for Rediscovery

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Samuel Barber's lushly romantic music has long been considered passé in part because he does not have an effective advocate, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. But new recordings and performances may help change that.

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Lost Bellini Opera Discovered in Sicily

Sunday, April 01, 2012

In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.

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