Richard Tucker would have been 99 on Tuesday. Blogger Fred Plotkin writes that "even when he was 60, his singing was fresh, musical and expressive and audiences loved him."
The Verbier Festival, held in a small French-Swiss town high in the Alps, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the summer of 2013. It has become, in a relatively short period of time, one of the most important events on the annual calendar of not-to-miss musical events, right up there with the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the BBC Proms in London.
Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This second article of a two part series focuses on female singers, such as Leonie Rysanek.
Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at singers that do more than one role in an Opera. This first article of a two part series focuses on male singers, such as Plácido Domingo.
Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin takes a look at two new productions of Carmen and Carmélites from indie East Village Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
A home organization project prompts blogger Fred Plotkin to ask: What is the opera you have the most recordings of? Are there any operas you believe merit a new recording?
This summer has seen huge downpours interrupt several summer music festivals around the globe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the presence of rain storms off-stage and on (see: Rossini, Wagner).
The ballet Giselle was the inspiration for Puccini’s first opera, Le Villi. It could be argued that this work, seldom seen now, had a profound impact on how Puccini’s career would develop.
The Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently encountered a lost aria from Francesco Cilea's 1897 opera L’Arlesiana. He tells blogger Fred Plotkin about his discovery.
What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.
Plenty of us know the concert-going routine: an empty seat opens up in a better location and you pounce. But blogger Fred Plotkin believes this is problematic. Here's why.
"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.
From Salome to Samson et Delila to Wagner's Rheinmaidens, opera singers are occasionally asked to bare all. "As a general rule," writes blogger Fred Plotkin, "nudity is fine if it is an integral part of the story."
"You probably think silence is not a significant part of opera but I believe that everything in our world and emotional lives has a place in opera, so silence can too," writes Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin.
The All-Star Game is the baseball equivalent of an opera gala, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "The greatest practitioners of their craft gather in one place and give audiences pleasure and excitement."
Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.
The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.
To many, Brussels brings to mind quarreling constituents in a large bureaucracy. But the city has a compelling musical scene that does not reveal itself as insistently as other cities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
A delightful exhibition of old New York restaurants recently opened at the New York Public Library. It reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the tenor Enrico Caruso, who loved food and frequented the restaurants around the Old Met.
Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.