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To live and die in L.A.

To live and die in L.A.

To live and die in L.A. As Tanglewood prepares to present the Verdi Messa da Requiem this Saturday al fresco, “Trove Thursday” turns to the “other” coast for a double dose of this piece performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic: one outdoors with Teresa Stratas, Lili Chookasian, Richard Verreau and Ezio Flagello led by Zubin Mehta, while Carlo Maria Giulini conducts an indoor performance with Renata Scotto, Lucia Valentini-Terrani, Veriano Luchetti and Martti Talvela. Though a card-carrying Verdi nut, ... Read More »

È la solita storia del tenore

È la solita storia del tenore

È la solita storia del tenore The marketing machine at Decca Classical is such a juggernaut some of you may be surprised to learn that Luciano Pavarotti has been dead for 12 years.  What with 24-bit remasterings and now Blu-ray reissues and re-packagings (back to the original covers…genius!)  the torrent of audio releases seems unending.  Yet since his career was right at the birth of video performances (and he starred in that historic first telecast ... Read More »

10 Supplies You Need for Amazing Abstract Floral Paintings

10 Supplies You Need for Amazing Abstract Floral Paintings For artist Arpi Krikorian, vibrant, colorful abstract flower painting comes down to one thing — supplies. She walks us through her top 10 #art tools, tricks, and techniques for creating lush and layered works of florals, botanicals, and landscapes. When you are ready to create abstract flowers on your own, it will only be a […] The post 10 Supplies You Need for Amazing Abstract Floral ... Read More »

Unveiled

Unveiled

Unveiled Congratulations to Christian Ocier (not pictured) who guessed all 16 of our mystery Salomes correctly!   The quiz once again… And the answers: Birgit Nilsson Inge Borkh Grace Bumbry Ljuba Welitsch Eva-Maria Westbroek Anja Silja Julie Migenes Mara Zampieri Maria Ewing Marisa Galvany Deborah Voigt Eva Marton Christine Goerke Angela Denoke Ute Vinzing Alessandra Marc Source: Music-2 Unveiled Read More »

Lovedeath in swingtime

Lovedeath in swingtime

Lovedeath in swingtime You call this a tale of romance? I broke up with my first lover over the phone and while watching TV. I’m not proud of this.  Still, that’s an indication right there, wouldn’t you say? that we – Lili and I – had prolonged things beyond their natural life?  That we were no longer synchronized?  We had begun matters, how many years before? three? two? delighted with each other’s odd impulses and reactions ... Read More »

Burnished bass

Burnished bass

Burnished bass There are some singers that grab a hold of you from the very first time you hear them, turn you into a rabid fan, inform you of #art at the highest level as you know it, and mark you for life. I clearly remember the day I first heard the voice of Cesare Siepi.  In 1984, the then-new recorded format of the CD revolution was already firmly under way. Music shops were beginning to ... Read More »

Create a Collage Landscape Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg

Create a Collage Landscape Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg Taking Risks in Your #Art Robert Rauschenberg was an artist who liked to challenge conventional artistic thinking. He used found materials to create collages and assemblages that both astounded and confounded those who saw them. Inspired by his artistic vision and style, we will create a collage landscape with found papers and other materials, along […] The post Create a Collage Landscape Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg appeared ... Read More »

The trouble with Norma

The trouble with Norma

The trouble with Norma The tides in casting Norma are gradually changing. If one looks at trends in the last 40 or so years, the most successful Normas are mainly those who’ve made not just bel canto, but Bellini as a mainstay in their repertoire.  The majority of the dramatic sopranos still attempting the role have been met with a poor reception. Yet “tradition,” of casting large-voiced dramatics with minimal skills in florid song, still ... Read More »

Sie ist eine Meisterin im Improvisieren!

Sie ist eine Meisterin im Improvisieren!

Sie ist eine Meisterin im Improvisieren! No 50th anniversary career tribute would be complete without covering Edita Gruberova’s legendary status as the premier Zerbinetta of her long reign in the role (from 1973-2009 – 36 years!)  Zerbinetta, opera’s first, unabashedly polyamorous good-time girl, was the role that catapulted Gruberova into international stardom. Though she first essayed it 1973, it was not until the Vienna State Opera’s 1976 production of Ariadne auf Naxos, designed by Filippo ... 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 »

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