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A TALE OF TOSCA & TWO JOURNALISTS PART 1.

As opposed to Priscilla Frank, writing for the Huffington Post with both lazy epithet and sublime ignorance, believing Opera has “…evolved far past the La Bohème you dozed off to on your middle school field trip”, Fred Plotkin conversely; at his most ebullient, in a recent Operavore blog writes a wonderful piece about how visiting physical landmarks and locations (i.e., Rome, Seville etc.) where opera storylines are set, can give opera lovers a more nuanced appreciation of how place, setting and time may have been a catalyst in inspiring an opera composer in his work. Two widely divergent approaches to Opera criticism: one elucidating why the artform doesn’t need to ‘move on’, eschewing the ignorant presumption that progress is a mandatory requirement of the art form. The other is, well…just cheap and shoddy journalism, the consequences are inveitable. Continue Reading →

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