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I’m irresistible, you fool

I’m irresistible, you fool

On this day in 1955 the Richard Adler/Jerry Ross musical Damn Yankees opened on Broadway.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudtzNCgp_c Born on this day in 1819 composer Stanislaw Moniuszko. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XhgXjC70kE Born on this day in 1869 composer Hans Pfitzner. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdxvMEftHmA Born on this day in 1891 soprano Yelena Andreyevna Stepanova. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtGmrLOsjHk Born on this day in 1900 conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFUSYBpl3ig Born on this day in 1905 soprano Maria Caniglia. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ErVMiQT2Jw Born on this day in 1908 bass Kurt ... Read More »

Hand Drawing Made Simple: Key Techniques for Confident Results

Hand Drawing Made Simple: Key Techniques for Confident Results

Drawing the human hand takes almost as much knowledge, skill and experience as drawing the entire rest of the figure. However, when drawing the hand, you can adapt many of the same tools and techniques you’re already using to draw the rest of the figure. In this article, I will walk you through a few key ways to approach hand drawing so you can enhance your skillset and create more confident drawings. Gesture Drawings of ... Read More »

And now a word from our sponsors

And now a word from our sponsors

On this lovely May morning, La Cieca (pictured) and the gang down at parterre are delighted to salute our advertisers, whose generous support keeps the site alive and snarling: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center&8217;s Great Performers, The Encores! production of The Golden Apple, WQXR&8217;s The Opera Party and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region. Source: Music-2 Read More »

Angry in a noble manner

Angry in a noble manner

Earlier this year John Yohalem ruminated here on the paucity of Vivaldi operas in the US. “Trove Thursday” attempts a bit of a remedy with a live Motezuma (not a typo) I attended in Paris ten years ago conducted by Alan Curtis with Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Vito Priante and Ann Hallenberg (as Hernán Cortés!).  Before Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles recorded Orlando Furioso in the 1970s, I wonder how many were ... Read More »

Because I am mad, I hate you

Because I am mad, I hate you

On this day in 1944 the film Gaslight premiered at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnEKSSxOs7s On this day in 1728 Handel’s Tolomeo premiered in London. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFZIQ29zio0 Born on this day in 1930 soprano Roberta Peters. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vm0j-6wU8U Happy 86th birthday conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_kEWCik9sA On this day in 1976 the Leonard Bernstein–Alan Jay Lerner musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue premiered at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, to close after 7 performances. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns0bW-VonK4 Source: Music-2 Read More »

Creative Layering Techniques for Abstract Painting

Creative Layering Techniques for Abstract Painting

Color and Shapes Come Together with No Hesitation Building a visual rhythm in a painting often has to do with ease of movement as you layer color and texture. A lot of artists call this different things: intuitive, gestural, or freedom. But it all comes down to shutting the mind off — going on creative autopilot &8212; so that the thinking mind does not interfere with the acting hand. Exploring abstract painting can reward you ... Read More »

Panache room

Panache room

“In his more than 20 seasons at the Met, tenor Roberto Alagna has sung his way from one end of the Romantic opera repertoire to the other, from Nemorino to Radamès. But last night he found his most congenial and emotionally moving role yet, the part I wager he will be remembered for in decades to come: Cyrano de Bergerac.” [Observer] Source: Music-2 Read More »

Pelléas in Cleveland

Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but fortunately the authorities in Cleveland have forwarded a video excerpt from the production, which I have embedded above. (Be sure to click on "full screen.") This is the scene between Golaud and Yniold in Act ... Read More »

Ladies’ Quadrille

Ladies’ Quadrille

It is much to be regretted that song recitalists stick to the tried, the true, the excessively familiar when the repertory of song is so vast, so full of treasures ready for the light. It is delightful when a dusty wing of the mansion of song is opened up for inspection and a guided tour by sympathetic and gracious guides.  On Sunday afternoon, Vertical Player Repertory, one of Brooklyn’s most venerable small opera companies (nearly ... Read More »

You have and you were and you went and you did

You have and you were and you went and you did

Born on this day in 1917 lyricist and performer Betty Comden.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pc_MgaYkRg Born on this day in 1844 impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWFcMRYjJtA Born on this day in 1903 singer and actor Bing Crosby. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9kk3Qry2Lo Born on this day in 1910 composer and conductor Alceo Galliera. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7-Lkuh9c5A Born on this day in 1916 tenor Léopold Simoneau. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTKyMxJAP7o On this day in 1960 Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt‘s The Fantasticks premiered at Greenwich Village’s Sullivan Street ... Read More »

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