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Das Süsses Mädel and the Boy from Berlin

Das Süsses Mädel and the Boy from Berlin

Diana Damrau is a finished artist, the voice full-bodied rather than tinkling, pastel not metal, her agility well-schooled and the instrument of sufficient size to fill the Met. The range is extensive if sometimes a bit thin above the staff, and the core is strong. She does not sing around the note or touch on the note, as the watery coloraturas do; she sings the note. There is an ease and a weight to her ... Read More »

Hidden treasure

Hidden treasure

Born on this day in 1922 soprano Florence Quartararo.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkLxtIavPaU Born on this day in 1656 composer Marin Marais. httpvh:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fQQTqACr3k On this day in 1817 Rossini’s La gazza ladra premiered in Milan. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qli83zFCD6A Born on this day in 1892 conductor Louis Fourestier. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KqyYlwdyck Born on this day in 1908 mezzo-soprano Edith Coates. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEDsBRN7JHA Born on this day in 1912 countertenor Alfred Deller. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=teTbE0pTtxc Born on this day in 1931 mezzo-soprano/soprano Shirley Verrett. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPET4RAe6yQ Happy ... Read More »

4 Easy Strategies for Creative Thinking

4 Easy Strategies for Creative Thinking

We’ve all faced the creative block at one point or another. It can be a challenge to push yourself and try new things. Thanks to Keys to Drawing with Imagination by Bert Dodson, you can learn tons of great strategies and exercises for creative thinking. The 10th anniversary edition of the book is out now. This new paperback edition is packed with 192 pages of content. I&8217;ve pulled out four strategies for creative thinking for ... Read More »

Cremistress

Cremistress

Appearances to the contrary, Deborah Voigt has not entered into a collaboration with Matthew Barney, or not yet anyway. The above still is from her guest appearance as “the Queen of Sweden” in the online opera series Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch&8217;s Accuser. Source: Music-2 Read More »

Laughing boy

Laughing boy

Born on this day in 1908 voice actor and radio comedian Mel Blanc. Born on this day in 1836 librettist Edouard Blau. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmsIKnKsTGo On this day in 1866 Bedrich Smetana‘s Prodaná nevesta premiered in Prague. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aP6Omy1kcA Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcUuyqIDXcQ Born on this day in 1928 conductor Gustav Leonhardt. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJcJW4234XE Happy 77th birthday soprano Olivia Stapp. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGCN_vlmKao Source: Music-2 Read More »

How Real Magic Gets On Canvas

How Real Magic Gets On Canvas

Acrylic Paint Brushes, Layers & More Get You to the Sweet Spot Neighborhood scenes have been the main focus of Nina Davidowitz’s artwork for nearly 15 years. “I’m fascinated with the geometric shapes of houses and buildings contrasted with their natural surroundings—shrubs, lawns and woods,” she says. &8220;Sometimes nature is also geometric, as when we “sculpt” our shrubs.&8221; Davidowitz starts her paintings by sketching the composition onto the canvas in pencil. &8220;I then proceed around ... Read More »

Fixing the fan

Fixing the fan

Cio-Cio and Carmen: what do you do with two tragic heroines who typify not just the ixexist clichés, but also the soupy exotic fixations, of the Old-World West? Well, if you’re Heartbeat Opera, you take those two hapless maidens, doll them up in headphones and Hello Kitty merch, and push them to the front of a corrective double bill.  In preparation for its third season, the young company labored to construct novel, scaled-back, and assuredly ... Read More »

Gone to flowers

Gone to flowers

Happy Memorial Day US Parterrians!  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSkn5Mk10Y0 Born on this day in 1860 composer Isaac Albéniz. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjoolfS4rmQ Born on this day in 1892 tenor Mario Chamlee. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlMq9K414uY Born on this day in 1897 composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8eYION7uDk On this day in 1913 Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps premiered in Paris; a riot ensued. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF1OQkHybEQ Born on this day in 1932 bass Karl Ridderbusch. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=105_gIA3sXc Happy 69th birthday soprano Linda Esther Gray. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee2YrF8Tsno Source: Music-2 Read More »

Why Colleen Blackard is an Artist to Watch

Why Colleen Blackard is an Artist to Watch

For several years, New York artist Colleen Blackard has been producing an interesting body of drawings that aren’t quite like anything else. Frequently using ballpoint pen as her medium of choice, Blackard&8217;s drawings depict celestial bodies and starry nighttime skies–ambitious subjects. She draws primarily by making circular marks to create tone, which gives her drawings a unique sense of texture and depth. We recently asked the artist a few questions about her intriguing work. If ... Read More »

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