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Puzza la tela dipinta

Puzza la tela dipinta

This afternoon the Royal Opera House offers a first glimpse of Richard Jones‘ new production of La bohème, the first at that theater since about 1735 or so. Among the talking and/or singing heads will be ROH music director Sir Antonio Pappano and the recently affianced tenor Michael Fabiano.  The presentation begins at 2:30 PM EDT. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=58fzgfb5dl8 Source: Music-2 Read More »

Abendstern

Abendstern

One of the still-active artists who has meant the most to me during my opera-going life turns 57 on Tuesday. “Trove Thursday” celebrates the thrilling Finnish soprano Karita Matilla in the ultimate diva role—Emilia Marty in Janácek’s Vec Makropulos led by the fine Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek who died earlier this year at 71.  In the midst of all the Renée Fleming “‘will she or won’t she retire” brouhaha this spring I found myself thinking ... Read More »

Knight, devoted

Knight, devoted

Born on this day in 1912 tenor/baritone Ramón Vinay.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZKSp4ANLz0 On this day in 1829 Rossini’s Guillaume Tell premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=osNDoDN_vtc Born on this day in 1834 composer Amilcare Ponchielli. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJXAGkvVnbQ Born on this day in 1937 baritone Leif Roar. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii6o-SLrdLo Happy 56th birthday tenor Neill Archer. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwedBnCf7Y4 Source: Music-2 Read More »

10 Tips for Mapping Out the Figure

10 Tips for Mapping Out the Figure

Don&8217;t Get Lost in Figure Drawing The mapping out stage of a figure drawing is crucial, whether it stays in your sketchbook or eventually lead to a final painting. It’s vital to consider the small individual shapes you see and also how those shapes line up with other parts of the body. Artist Vincent Giarrano shares his tips for mapping out the figure so that you have a step-by-step process to get you to a finished ... Read More »

“Actors should be overheard, not listened to”

“Actors should be overheard, not listened to”

Born on this day in 1898 actress Shirley Booth.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jv3j0NjOSs Born on this day in 1922 soprano/mezzo-soprano/opera director Regina Resnik. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA2_jx9qiqc Born on this day in 1930 conductor Mario Bernardi. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3xTsA-TqnY Born on this day in 1936 bass-baritone Peter van der Bilt. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2J1J9ycITY Happy 72nd birthday composer David Schiff. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkLCQvpkcEs Happy 62nd birthday countertenor Dominique Visse. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=854laCEs79U Source: Music-2 Read More »

Foliage is the Cherry On Top of Your Landscape Paintings

Foliage is the Cherry On Top of Your Landscape Paintings

Spruce Up Your Landscape Paintings Regardless of the season, adding foliage effects can take your landscape paintings to the next level of success. And, when it comes to seasonal foliage, I love it all. I am equally entranced by the lively greens of spring and summer foliage as I am with the rich oranges, golds and browns of fall and early winter. Although, perfecting the colors of the seasonal foliage you are trying to portray ... Read More »

Art Machines: Sunlight

When you get the opportunity to go behind the scenes with paint-makers and manufacturers–you take it! Explore Winsor & Newton’s “#Art Machines,” which pull back the curtain to reveal the company’s unique investment in craftsmanship, research and development of premium paints. Let There Be Light You’ve created some great work, but will it last? Paint can start to fade over time, leaving colours less vivid, and a finish that doesn’t seem quite so bright. That’s ... Read More »

Erschlage!

Erschlage!

Meet Andreas Rosar, assistant director and hero/heroine of the 2017 Bayreuth Festival. When soprano Catherine Foster injured her leg after Act 1 of Götterdämmerung last night, Rosar donned Brünnhilde’s wig and beaded gown to mime the second and third acts while the soprano sang from the side of the stage.  Jaaaaaaaaaaa, Kööööööööööööönigin! Source: Music-2 Read More »

Simultaneous transformation

Simultaneous transformation

For those who thought opera to be a rare enough commodity that there shouldn’t be duels, Saturday night in the Berkshires offered the odd rebuttal. One side of the ring featured Tanglewood’s glittery lineup of Kristine Opolais, Bryn Terfel, and tenor Russell Thomas, chirruping a lawn-pleasing assortment of gems from Tosca and Porgy and Bess. On the other, in mid-sized, Farmers Insurance-approved Pittsfield, Mass. and just down the road from a McDonald’s, the Berkshire Opera Festival ... Read More »

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