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The long hot summer

The long hot summer

The long hot summer Rejoice, cher public, for your top ten parterre box stories this month add up to a total of 13, thanks to a (near) three-way tie. The most popular stories follow the jump. It&8217;s the Minnesinger not the song Little Miss Divina Blind spot Anna one, Anna two &8220;Madame is the greatest star of them all&8221; I know a Wiener man I had too much to dream last night She&8217;s a stranger here ... Read More »

An old-fashioned wedding

An old-fashioned wedding

An old-fashioned wedding Gundula Janowitz turns 82 tomorrow so “Trove Thursday” celebrates one of my favorite singers with a pair of novelties: a complete Prodanà Nevesta (aka Die Verkaufte Braut, of course) by Smetana plus extended excerpts from a broadcast of Spontini’s La Vestale in its rarely heard original French version. The very first opera recording I owned was an LP of highlights from the Otto Klemperer Die Zauberflöte and it made me a lifelong fan of ... Read More »

“Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal”

“Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal”

“Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal” Born on this day in 1936 designer Yves Saint-Laurent. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_6djL4978s Born on this day in 1926 bass Theo Adam. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPMWDjcrwqc Happy 87th birthday soprano Elinor Ross. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXjWD5TocgI Happy 57th birthday composer Mark Adamo. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMi-LM0dWZQ And your humble servant Windy City Operaman adds another ring around his trunk today. Happy Birthday Leos! Source: Music-2 “Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal” Read More »

6 Get-Fit Tips from an ABT Dancer Who's Also a Certified Trainer

6 Get-Fit Tips from an ABT Dancer Who's Also a Certified Trainer

6 Get-Fit Tips from an ABT Dancer Who's Also a Certified Trainer We all know that personal trainers can help dancers condition their bodies more effectively. But trainers who are also dancers themselves? Now that’s a uniquely valuable perspective. Take Kathyrn Boren, an American Ballet Theatre corps member who got certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine last summer, following in the footsteps of her colleagues Thomas Forster and Roman Zhurbin. Her weekly Conditioning ... Read More »

Maid in America

Maid in America

Maid in America Joan (soprano Elana Gleason) and Lionel (baritone Powell Brumm) The second summer session of the Russian Opera Workshop concludes this week with concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans. The program is led by Ghenady Meirson, a prominent vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute and Academy of Vocal Arts. (The latter’s grand Rittenhouse Square digs serve as the campus.) As has been the case in the near-decade the workshop has been in ... Read More »

Studying Ballet Dancers Could Help Us Treat Stroke Victims—and Build Better Robots

Studying Ballet Dancers Could Help Us Treat Stroke Victims—and Build Better Robots

Studying Ballet Dancers Could Help Us Treat Stroke Victims—and Build Better Robots Dagmar Sternad is a professor of biology, physics, and electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University. She’s also a bit of a dance obsessive. And her innovative work with ballet dancers could have far-ranging implications for the worlds of both medicine and robotics. None A longtime dance lover, Sternad has been been fascinated by the science behind dancers’ movements for years. “How do ... Read More »

Winterstorms that go bump in the night

Winterstorms that go bump in the night

Winterstorms that go bump in the night In one of Saki’s stories (“The Game Bag”), a pair of his pompous suburban aristocrats explode over a social gaffe. After some time the louder and burlier one stomps off in a huff. “It was as though,” says the author, “one had come straight out from a Wagner opera into a rather tame thunderstorm.” This trope came to me Sunday evening when a hefty thunderclap shook Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky ... Read More »

Surgery for Better Flexibility? Not Worth It.

Surgery for Better Flexibility? Not Worth It.

Surgery for Better Flexibility? Not Worth It. My artistic director suggested that I get surgery to fix my average flexibility if I want a company contract. Yet he casts me in nice roles even as an apprentice. I don’t know what to do. —Anonymous None Getting surgery to improve your flexibility does not work and would be a waste of your time and money. My advice is to meet with a dance medicine orthopedist. They ... Read More »

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