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Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin appears in the following:

An Opera Lover's Guide to Europe's Leading Festivals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WQXR
In the first of two columns highlighting summer festivals abroad and at home, Fred Plotkin goes through the calendar to find Europe's best opera productions of the season and beyond.
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A Commencement Address to Vocal Arts Graduates, Class of 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

If Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin were to give a graduation commencement address, this is what he might say.
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In Arthur Miller's Plays, Subjects Are Operatic in Scope

Monday, May 09, 2016

WQXR
Though playwright Arthur Miller wasn't an opera fan, his plays are well suited to operatic adaptations, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Celebrating a Cultural Shrine on Its 125th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

WQXR
As Carnegie Hall marks its 125th anniversary on May 5th, Fred Plotkin shares some of his most cherished memories of the beloved concert space.
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Inside L.A. Opera's Young Artist Auditions

Friday, April 29, 2016

WQXR
Each year, talented singers audition for Los Angeles Opera's exclusive Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Fred Plotkin sat in on this year's proceedings.
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A Supporting Artist Who Steals the Show

Monday, April 25, 2016

WQXR
Maria Zifchak, a mezzo-soprano who's shined in character roles on the Metropolitan Opera stage "is in a class all of her own," writes Fred Plotkin.
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A Verdian Season in New York

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last week, New York experienced a flurry of events honoring the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Fred Plotkin, who attended them, considers the composer's legacy. 
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How Old Is Too Old for the Opera Stage?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WQXR
Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers ageism in opera, and what singers facing the twilight of their careers can still offer in performances.
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Understanding Tragedy Through Art

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

WQXR
Fred Plotkin explores how art in its various forms can help provide clarity and meaning when the burden of great misfortunes and hardships becomes too difficult to bear.
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Living and Learning with 'Madama Butterfly'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin examines the way in which certain operas change and grow on us as time passes. He remembers how Madama Butterfly changed for him.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 2

Friday, March 18, 2016

In the second half of his series looking at today's top young opera singers, Fred Plotkin unveils the names of 25 of his favorite upcoming female vocalists.
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Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares forty opera singers who merit your attention. In the first of two articles, he lists fifteen of his favorite male singers.
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When Struggling Songbirds Set Social Media Atwitter

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin shares his advice for younger generation opera singers about social media.
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The Fabric of Memory: Preserving Met Opera History

Friday, March 04, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin traces the history of the Metropolitan Opera archives and touches upon the importance of preserving institutional memories.
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Sarasota Opera: Parma on the Gulf of Mexico

Monday, February 29, 2016

Operavore's Fred Plotkin visits Sarasota, Florida and reports on its rich culture and opera music scene.
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Catching Up with June LeBell

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fred Plotkin catches up with June LeBell, who made history as the first female on-air host of a commercial classical radio station at WQXR, where she served for 30 years.
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Analysis: The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 Season

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera announced the line-up for its 2016-2017 season. Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts on what to love about it.
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The Vienna State Opera: Mission Possible

Friday, February 12, 2016

How does the Vienna State Opera manage fifty operas and ten ballets a year at a third of the budget of the Met? Fred Plotkin offers his thoughts.
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Waltzing Through Ball Season in Vienna

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin attends the Opera Ball held in Vienna this year and describes how checking off this "bucket list" item was a dream come true.
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Finding Peace in Salzburg

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ten years after his first report from Mozart Woche, Fred Plotkin explains what has and hasn't changed in the city at what can be described as a Mozart bonanza fest.
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