Memories of the Legendary Tenor
Fred Plotkin's Opera — Food for Thought Series
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Fred Plotkin, lecturer
Fred Plotkin was a friend of Pavarotti for more than three decades. They worked together and cooked together. With musical illustrations, Plotkin will recount what made the tenor an extraordinary singer and a magnificent man. This lecture is part of Fred Plotkin's Opera — Food for Thought series.
Fred Plotkin is one of the world’s leading experts on opera, food and wine and everything Italian. He is the author of Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera (the standard text in America for opera education); Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music; and six definitive books on Italian food. He has worked for many opera companies, including La Scala (as a Fulbright Scholar) and the Metropolitan Opera. He lectures regularly at the Smithsonian Institution, NYU and the University of Oxford. In 2010, he was named America’s wine journalist of the year. He organizes and leads food and opera trips for New York Times Journeys. In 2015, he was made a Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia, the Italian equivalent of a knighthood and an honor rarely accorded to foreigners.