Fred Plotkin appears in the following:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
"The season is an engaging mix of standard repertory and unusual offerings to please regulars, newcomers and those with more experimental inclinations," writes Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
This season, blogger Fred Plotkin went to three performances of the Met's production of Tosca, each with a different soprano in the lead role. It stimulated new insights on this controversial production.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
On January 29, two days after a moving ceremony in memory of Claudio Abbado, Teatro alla Scala in Milan honors another artist, Franco Corelli. Fred Plotkin gives an appraisal of the late tenor.
Friday, January 24, 2014
If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
After a glorious career of singing operas and songs in all styles and from four centuries, Marilyn Horne set up a foundation to keep song recitals alive. Fred Plotkin shares his admiration for Horne at 80.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 reinforced certain negative attitudes about the two composers, writes Fred Plotkin. But the Britten centenary was filled with many revelations.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Fred Plotkin asks: "If there is a potential for audience development among naturists, should arts organizations throw caution (and not only) to the wind and make accommodations on special occasions?"
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
If 2013 was the year of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, the uncontested star of 2014 is Richard Strauss. Fred Plotkin presents a guide to performances around the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
In advance of a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers in New York, Fred Plotkin considers the good, the bad and the ugly in Orpheus-inspired operas.
Friday, December 20, 2013
In an interview with Fred Plotkin, Wayne S. Brown discusses the place of opera in the U.S. The artform, he says, "creates opportunities for creativity that is frequently embraced by other art forms.”
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In 2013, Fred Plotkin attended 104 opera performances at 35 different companies. Here are the standout productions and recitals.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Despite heavy product placement and too much 3-D imagery, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular serves a purpose, writes Fred plotkin, of teaching young people to be good audience members.
Monday, December 09, 2013
What does it take to present all of Mozart's 20-plus operas? Operavore's Fred Plotkin talks to the founder of a London-based company that plans to do a two-decade cycle of the works.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
"Così fan tutte," Fred Plotkin can hear you shriek, “how is that an overlooked opera?” To which he would answer that “overlooked” is a word with shades of meaning.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Arnold Schoenberg was not only an influential composer but a visual artist of enough skill that his paintings rival masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, writes Fred Plotkin.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
"Among active singers, I can think of no one who owns as many roles as Karita Mattila," writes Fred Plotkin of the Finnish soprano who famously bared all in Salome at the Met.