Fred Plotkin

The New York Philharmonic

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Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin discovered the concept of “The Renaissance Man” as a small child growing up one block from Avery Fisher Hall, and he has devoted himself to pursuing that ideal. He has worked in opera since 1972, as well as in management, production, design, coaching, consulting, and broadcasting — everything but singing. As a Fulbright Scholar, he directed opera at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and later was the performance manager of The Metropolitan Opera for five years. Mr. Plotkin has also worked for orchestras and other classical music organizations. He is the author of Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera and Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music, for which he recorded audio versions. Mr. Plotkin has written six renowned books on Italian cuisine and has cooked on television and radio. His articles appear regularly in The New York Times, Time, London’s Guardian and Daily Telegraph, Opera News, Bon Appétit, and other leading publications. His blog posts for WQXR ( have a devoted following.

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