Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
"There are times, throughout the career of an opera singer, when they need to be told that they are not ready for a role, not right for a role, or should consider retiring a role," writes Fred Plotkin.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Bass-baritone Eric Owens recently gave a masterclass at Juilliard, in which he worked with young singers on the nuances of the art. Blogger Fred Plotkin gives his account of the class.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Golf has a passionate following among many opera singers, from Matthew Polenzani and Bryn Terfel to Kiri Te Kanawa and Karita Mattila. Operavore's Fred Plotkin considers the links.
Monday, April 28, 2014
German playwright Bertolt Brecht asked his audience to react more with reason than emotion. But as Fred Plotkin writes, his writings made for some stirring operas.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Now that brutal hibernal storms may finally be a thing of the past, Fred Plotkin says he can venture into a subject he has deferred for a long while: Schubert’s extraordinary song cycle, Die Winterreise.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago this September 12, composed more than 30 works for the stage. A few are coming to New York, and it's about time, writes Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
As the Operavore stream devotes its Throwback Thursdays focus on the Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Fred Plotkin offers this appreciation of the singer's career.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
What is it the most beautiful tenor aria of all? Operavore's Fred Plotkin ventures a list of candidates, and supplies clips of the arias all sung by Placido Domingo.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Claudio Abbado’s passing set Fred Plotkin to thinking about conductors whom he would love to hear leading performances at the Met. Here are a dozen standouts.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Heroes in opera, theater and literature are characters created by insightful writers or composers. The real heroes are people in everyday life whose heroism too often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon, writes Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Dominique Meyer, the director of the Vienna State Opera, talks with Fred Plotkin about the company's foray into on-demand video streaming.
Monday, February 24, 2014
There are many singers, especially young ones, who have big healthy voices and sing loud all the time. This is a problem, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.