Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin appears in the following:

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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Labor Disputes Create New Drama At The Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fred Plotkin, of WQXR's Operavore blog, helps make sense of what the New York Times has called the Met's most serious labor crisis in three decades.


Bon Jovi And The Buffalo Bills; David Gray Plays Live; Drama At The Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In this episode: The NFL team the Buffalo Bills recently went up for sale – and Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi is one of the prospective buyers. The problem? He might want to move the team to Toronto. Writer Reeves Wiedeman talks about his recent trip to western New York, which is currently under an unofficial yet strictly enforced Bon Jovi ban.

Then: Best known for his song “Babylon,” and his multi-platinum album White Ladder, David Gray is back with a new, lushly orchestrated and produced album. Hear the British singer-songwriter perform songs from Life In Slow Motion and an old favorite in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The contentious negotiations between the Metropolitan Opera and its unions played out in the newspapers this summer. Author and columnist for WQXR’s Operavore blog, Fred Plotkin gives us the story. 

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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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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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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Planet Opera: Japan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explores the world of Kabuki and modern Japanese operas.

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What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music: A Guide for All Interests - Part Two

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogger Fred Plotkin offers part two of his guide to opera in New York City, for listeners who are into great voices, rarities and edgy work.

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What to Hear in Opera and Vocal Music in NYC: A Guide for All Interests

Monday, July 07, 2014

Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the many categories of potential opera ticket buyers and suggests performances this coming season in New York that might pique their interest.

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All-American African-American Divas

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The almost untranslatable Italian word estro means a sudden inspiration, touched with genius, to create something extraordinary where it was unimaginable before. Here's where it applies to musicians.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Unsung Forays into Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

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Sense and Sustainability in the Opera House

Friday, June 27, 2014

"The questions of sustainability, which is the central organizing concept of the way we must live now if we are to survive, should be examined in the context of the opera houses," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Things Are Looking Up for Opera in Northern Italy

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Opera companies the world over face challenges nowadays and there are those in Italy (Florence, Genoa and elsewhere) that are troubled. But there is good news too," writes Fred Plotkin.

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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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In Praise of Old Queens

Friday, June 06, 2014

66-year-old Italian soprano Mariella Devia made a rare return to New York Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. Blogger Fred Plotkin reports on the scene.

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The Bottom Line on Costs at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin gives his take on how the Met can "stimulate ticket sales, rein in expenditures, build its endowment and get back on track."

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How Opera-Going at the Metropolitan Opera Has Changed

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Somewhere along the way, the Metropolitan Opera House went from being a temple of art to becoming a facility," writes Fred Plotkin, in the third of a four-part post-season series on the Met.

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The State of the Art at the Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin rates the Met's recent new productions. The good: Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Parsifal. Not so good: "Concept" productions.

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As Labor Talks Begin, Considering the Met's Essential Role

Friday, May 16, 2014

"What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?" is a question blogger Fred Plotkin is asked with troubling frequency. He considers why it has come to this point.

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