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Testament of youth

Testament of youth

Testament of youth Cinderella and her Prince Charmant finally arrive at the Met next month played by a pair of mezzos pushing 50; “Trove Thursday” offers a more vernal take on Massenet’s magical Cendrillon (in English) featuring instead two sopranos: Margaret Price—not yet 30—and Anne Pashley, then just 35.  When Cendrillon premiered in Paris in 1899 its heroine was sung by a soprano, her prince by a falcon also exotically dubbed a soprano de sentiment. ... Read More »

Drive in

Drive in

Drive in On this day in 1982 conductor Bernard Haitink made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Fidelio. (Six performances and that was all.)  Harriett Johnson in the New York Post: In his Metropolitan Opera debut the other night, Bernard Haitnik’s interpretation left no doubt about his defiant, stirring plea for the composer&8217;s convictions. Haitink, music director and permanent conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in his native Amsterdam, is now, at 53-years-old, seasoned in opera and ... Read More »

If the Shoe Doesn't Fit: 7 Pointe Shoe Buying Mistakes to Avoid

If the Shoe Doesn't Fit: 7 Pointe Shoe Buying Mistakes to Avoid

If the Shoe Doesn't Fit: 7 Pointe Shoe Buying Mistakes to Avoid If your pointe shoe buying routine involves going online and clicking “reorder” on the shoes you’ve worn for years, it might be time to get a fresh, in-person assessment. Even a slightly different shoe can solve a host of issues—and help you avoid problems in the future. Find the best fit for your feet by avoiding these mistakes. Mistake: Pushing Through Pain “The ... Read More »

Laughing song

Laughing song

Laughing song We now come to the sorbetto portion of my Edita Gruberova 50th anniversary tribute (I am actually taking a break from being in the middle of a piece about her singing style, which is more complicated to try to explain clearly than I had fathomed). It can be confidently asserted that Gruberova is one opera’s most gifted comediennes.  Of whom can you summon up in opera who truly has a talent for mannered comedy ... Read More »

Misty Copeland Just Posted A Mean Tweet About Herself, And We Love Her So Much For It

Misty Copeland Just Posted A Mean Tweet About Herself, And We Love Her So Much For It

Misty Copeland Just Posted A Mean Tweet About Herself, And We Love Her So Much For It Misty Copeland’s Instagram feed is usually filled with gorgeous performance shots and inspirational images featuring the many young girls she’s inspired. So we were surprised this morning to see Copeland post two screenshots of a mean tweet about herself: Misty Copeland on Instagram: “Link in my profile. I’m happy to share this because I will forever be a ... Read More »

#TapDancerStruggles: What To Do If Your College Tap Classes Aren't Hard Enough

#TapDancerStruggles: What To Do If Your College Tap Classes Aren't Hard Enough

{$inline_image} #TapDancerStruggles: What To Do If Your College Tap Classes Aren't Hard Enough In college dance programs, tap usually doesn’t get the same kind of love as modern and ballet. So what’s a serious tap dancer to do? Here’s how to pick a program that will challenge you—and how to get by if your school doesn’t offer enough tap. Ask your teachers for help. Oklahoma City University offers 10 levels of tap. Photo by Ryan ... Read More »

All about that bass

All about that bass

All about that bass Happy 76th birthday Samuel Ramey!  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDS8MtD7zyY Birthday anniversaries of mezzo-soprano Sabine Kalter (1890), librettist Myfanwy Piper (1911), soprano Clara Petrella (1914), baritone Anselmo Colzani (1918), soprano Hanne-Lore Kuhse and baritone Dmytro Hnatyuk (both in 1925) and composer Robert Ashley (1930). Happy birthday to contralto Elizabeth Bainbridge, tenor Nicola Martinucci and mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona. Source: Music-2 All about that bass Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor | Painting Flowers and Beyond

A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor | Painting Flowers and Beyond Botanical artist and instructor Adel Rossetti Morosini shares advice for getting started with florals as well as great beginner watercolor essentials, regardless of subject matter. The post A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor | Painting Flowers and Beyond appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor | Painting Flowers and Beyond Read More »

This Summer Retreat Invites Pro Dancers To Train & Relax—For Free!

This Summer Retreat Invites Pro Dancers To Train & Relax—For Free!

This Summer Retreat Invites Pro Dancers To Train & Relax—For Free! At the end of a long season, sometimes a dancer just needs to hit the reset button. A new summer program is offering pros a chance to do just that in the Rocky Mountains this summer. For free. Launched by Kevin Jenkins (a freelance choreographer and teacher) and David Maurice (interim artistic director of Cocodāco Dance Project in Chicago, formerly of Ate9 Dance Company), ... Read More »

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