Fred Plotkin

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Germany vs. Greece At The Opera

Monday, July 06, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin explains how in the current European clash, Germany and Greece may be cast in the roles of Apollo and Dionysus.
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I Left My Harp in San Francisco

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Attending four sensational opera performances in less than a week should be satisfaction enough for any music lover. But this city offers so much more, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Speechless in St. Petersburg: Opera Pros Suggest Cures for Laryngitis

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Fred Plotkin lost his voice recently, he turned to opera professionals, who offered recommendations for nostrums, elixirs and behavioral adaptation.
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Time After Time: Talking About Our Generations

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two recent films explore how different generations interact and understand each other. As Fred Plotkin writes, opera harbors something that every generation recognizes.
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When Opera is About Location, Location, Location

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Summertime opera in New York provides more unusual repertory and performance styles than any world city I can think of," writes Fred Plotkin.
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'Tristan und Isolde': The Mystery of Inspiration

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Unlike most of Wagner's works, whose origins we find in his sketches, letters and readings, Tristan seems to have begun rather suddenly in the 1850s. Fred Plotkin asks why.
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Is the World Ready for Carl Nielsen's 'Maskarade?'

Friday, June 05, 2015

Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" deserves wider recognition, writes Fred Plotkin. While the comedy often falls flat, "the music is appealing and original."
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Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Projected titles, or surtitles, have been widely praised for making opera more accessible. But blogger Fred Plotkin questions whether they've improperly shifted the focus.
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Song Translations in Recitals: The Readers Weigh In

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should song recitalists stop providing printed translations? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the vehemence of opinions over his recent article on the issue.
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Should Vocal Recitalists Stop Providing Printed Translations of Songs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
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2015 Summer Preview: Opera and Song Picks

Friday, May 15, 2015

As the big opera houses conclude main seasons, smaller opera companies are rolling out their summer plans. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin offers a selection of highlights.
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Met Opera Ends Its Season Licking Its Wounds and Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Despite financial woes and the lingering effects of labor strife, there was a great deal to admire musically the past Met Opera season, writes Fred Plotkin.
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La Scala and Milan Embrace the World

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A food-themed World's Fair is underway in Milan, Italy. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the musical highs and lows, including new offerings at La Scala.
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Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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A Makeover For 'Aïda?' Revisiting a Met Repertory Staple

Friday, April 17, 2015

When should an opera production be retired and when should it be revisited and improved? Fred Plotkin gives Verdi's "Aida" a checkup.
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at the Opera

Friday, April 10, 2015

There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at the Met.
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Desert Island Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Monday, April 06, 2015

"If it is to the desert island that I must sail (and Wagner's 'Ring' has been disqualified), I would take Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' with me," writes Fred Plotkin.
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Sweden Uses Science to Create a Future Generation of Opera Singers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Clones of Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling and other Swedish opera singers? You read it here first.
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