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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 »

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 »

Königin of Mozart

Königin of Mozart

Königin of Mozart The third installment of my 50th anniversary tribute to Edita Gruberova was impossible to narrow down to one selection. She recorded more of Mozart than any other composer, and, it may perhaps be said, whose music was a near-perfect fit for her type of voice; especially in the opera seria realm, she excelled.  She either sang or recorded Fortuna, Sifare, Giunia, Bastienne, Madame Herz, Sandrina, Elettra, Konstanze (twice on record, once on ... Read More »

Everybody loves to take a bow

Everybody loves to take a bow

Everybody loves to take a bow On this day in 1964 the Metropolitan Opera presented the debuts of Leonard Bernstein, Franco Zeffirelli and Franco Zeffirelli in a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff.  Irving Kolodin in the Saturday Review: In this sixth “Falstaff” that [Franco] Zeffirelli has staged and designed in various parts of the world, the light as well as the shade are so brilliantly depicted in the action that even the unknowing should be captivated by ... Read More »

Midcentury modern

Midcentury modern

Midcentury modern On this day in 1959 Alban Berg’s Wozzeck had its Metropolitan Opera premiere (in English translation.)  Review of Irving Kolodin in the March 21, 1959 Saturday Review: It has been years since the fall of a final curtain on a work new to the Metropolitan Opera&8217;s repertory was greeted with the spontaneous bravos and applause that acclaimed the conclusion of the latest one. What it plainly said was “Welcome Wozzeck,” which was only ... Read More »

To live through the music onstage

To live through the music onstage

To live through the music onstage Happy 83rd birthday soprano Mirella Freni.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTagFD_pkNo Also born on this day:  contralto Marian Anderson in 1899… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWKfWzo_gfA … soprano Lotte Lehmann in 1888&8230; //www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-gqga1Uoqk … and actress and activist Elizabeth Taylor in 1932. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kdioqmnckc Source: Music-2 To live through the music onstage Read More »

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