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Broadcast: Les Vêpres siciliennes

Broadcast: Les Vêpres siciliennes

Broadcast: Les Vêpres siciliennes Live from the Bayerische Staatsoper, a video webcast of Les Vêpres siciliennes begins a 1:00 PM New York time. Featured are Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Leonardo Caimi, George Petean and Erwin Schrott in a new production conducted by Omer Meir Wellber and directed by Antú Romero Nunes. The cher public (not pictured) are invited to chat in the comments section below. Source: Music-2 Broadcast: Les Vêpres siciliennes Read More »

MIsfit

MIsfit

MIsfit On this day in 1977 Alban Berg‘s Lulu premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in the as-yet incomplete two act version. Leighton Kerner in the Village Voice: …”Lulu&8221; has arrived as the special baby of the Met’s musical director, James Levine, and of its theatrical chief, John Dexter. With the collaboration of Jocelyn Herbert as scenery and costume designer, a production was devised that could accommodate the third act&8217;s interscene variations and concluding adagio, which ... Read More »

Demoiselle

Demoiselle

Demoiselle On this day in 1951 soprano Victoria de los Angeles made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marguerite in Faust.  Virgil Thomson in The New York Herald Tribune: The performance, save for the work of the new star, was everywhere lacking in refinement and in dramatic tension, though the beautiful voices of Eugene Conley, Frank Guarrera, Jerome Hines and Thelma Votipka were a pleasure for sound at many moments during the evening…But for the most ... Read More »

The help

The help

The help I’m sure I’m not the first to say it, but thank God for Kelli O’Hara. At this point the Broadway veteran and Lincoln Center darling is becoming a national treasure. And as Despina in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Così fan tutte, she makes her case, injecting much needed vitality into an otherwise lethargic evening.  This was no easy accomplishment; O’Hara had her work cut out for her, working against a largely ... Read More »

Suit yourself

Suit yourself

Suit yourself La Cieca just received a package of pdf files the sender says is a copy of James Levine‘s lawsuit against the Met, including exhibits which offer details of Levine’s compensation, defined duties and such at the Met over the course of more than a decade. A .zip file of these documents may be downloaded after the jump. Copy of Levine/Phramus Lawsuit Source: Music-2 Suit yourself Read More »

How These 5 Dance Skills Can Help You Thrive in a New Career

How These 5 Dance Skills Can Help You Thrive in a New Career

{$inline_image} How These 5 Dance Skills Can Help You Thrive in a New Career Never did I think I’d see the day when I’d outgrow dance. Sure, I knew my life would have to evolve. In fact, my dance career had already taken me through seasons of being a performer, a choreographer, a business owner and even a dance professor. Evolution was a given. Evolving past dancing for a living, however, was not. Transitioning from ... Read More »

The Story Behind Steven McRae's Crazy Workouts

The Story Behind Steven McRae's Crazy Workouts

The Story Behind Steven McRae's Crazy Workouts When you spend as much time on the road as The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae, getting access to a proper gym can be a hassle. To stay fit, the Australian-born principal turns to calisthenics—the old-school art of developing aerobic ability and strength with little to no equipment. “It’s basically just using your own body weight,” McRae explains. “In terms of partnering, I’m not going to dance with a ... Read More »

Each in her style a Delilah reborn

Each in her style a Delilah reborn

Each in her style a Delilah reborn Happy birthday to a brace of perennial divas: Christa Ludwig, age 90, and Teresa Berganza, age 83!  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFoK9RfDSrs //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV5Vl9IAV4M Also on this day in 1991 soprano Renée Fleming made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Countess Almaviva. Allan Kozinn in the New York Times: Mozart’s music creates instant sympathy for the Countess, who sings the touching lament “Porgi amor” in her first moments on the stage. But the ... Read More »

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