New York Opera Fest 2017: Fred Plotkin To Give Talk on Social Media and Opera Singers

By David Salazar

New York Opera Fest is not only offering live performances or staged productions. The event is also showcasing major lectures with some of the industry’s greatest thinkers.

Among them is Fred Plotkin, who is easily THE opera expert in the United States. Throughout his career, Plotkin has showcased his knowledge and skill as a writer (you should check out his work over at and as a speaker, consultant, and teacher.

His lecture in the Master Series 2017 will focus on “Media, Social Media, and the Opera Singer.” He will partner with the Martina Arroyo Foundation for the event on June 2, 2017.

Plotkin is also an expert in Italian food, and a New York Times profile on him stated that “Fred is a New Yorker, but has the soul of an Italian.”

Plotkin graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in Italian Renaissance history and theater and opera production. From there he studied at the DAMS conservatory of the University of Bologna and then, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the University of Pavia. While he has never sung a note professionally, he has done practically everything else there is to do in opera.

Plotkin’s published works include “Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera.”

The free event will take place at 695 Park Ave, Room 625, on the 6th floor.