Posts Tagged ‘opera’

Jul. 15 2015

The timeless star crossed lovers

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Interviews | No Comments

  Maryland Lyric Opera is presenting their production of Gounod’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from this weekend. The company’s founder and Executive Director, Brad Clark, came into WBJC to talk about it.                         Related posts: 09/15/12 – Faust – 1:00pm Little […]

Feb. 24 2015

A Strauss rarity

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Richard Strauss’s Guntram is not to be confused with Saint Guntram, who was the king of Burgundy from 561 to 592. Rather, he was the young Strauss’s own concoction for his first opera, written very much under the influence of Wagner in 1894, and revised in 1940. Richard Strauss’s collaboration with the librettist Hugo von […]

Feb. 17 2015

Honoring Two Great Ladies of Music

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

In honor of Black History Month, Baltimore Concert Opera is presenting This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Commissioned by Cincinnatti Opera, this one-woman “live documentary” will be performed by its creator, critically acclaimed soprano and narrator Adrienne Danrich. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to Julia Cooke, […]

Oct. 08 2014

Should corporate sponsors butt out of opera?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

It seems a conflict of interest is keeping one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire off the stage at West Australia Opera, at least for the next couple of seasons. Before you click on the following link from Limelight, please note that I have my own biases in this case:  I’m a […]

Jul. 31 2014

Putting a different spin on classical music

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

If you’ve taken an exercise class or two over the years, you’ve probably heard quite a variety of music while pedaling away on a stationary bike, pounding on a punching bag, or performing other sweat-inducing moves. Some people don’t much care what’s on the sound system during class; they’re just in it for fitness. Others, myself included, find it impossible to […]

May. 06 2014

Simply (La) Divina

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 1 Comment

Greek-American soprano Maria Callas possessed extraordinary musical and dramatic talent, yet led a tumultuous life offstage. She is often referred to as “La Divina”, and Leonard Bernstein called her ‘the Bible of Opera.” On Friday, May 16th, Baltimore Concert Opera will present soprano Francesca Mondanaro and director Fabrizio Melano in “The Life and Music of […]

Feb. 03 2014


By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

No, this isn’t a post about last night’s Super Bowl game. I am not remotely qualified to analyze or comment on football or any other kind of sporting event. Jim and I did watch the first half of last night’s game with a few friends; we left early because the party was in the DC […]

Jan. 21 2014

A Musical Touchdown!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 1 Comment

It’s almost Super Bowl time again! Alas, the Baltimore Ravens aren’t headed to the big game this year. That said, classical music fans on the east coast and all over the country have reason to rejoice. For the first time ever at the Super Bowl, our country’s National Anthem will be sung by an opera […]

Dec. 19 2013

Allegro or al dente?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

If pressed to declare which I love more – carbs or classical music – I might have to go with the option that’s often served alla puttanesca, but it would be a close call. As such, I found the following Classic FM quiz absolutely delicious! My score was 18 out of 21; please post yours […]

Sep. 18 2013

Little known Verdi opera

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

I’m sure you are aware by now that 2013 is the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, and we are bound to hear even more Verdi operas than usual.  Washington Concert Opera is taking an interesting slant by opening their 2013-2014 season with two little known operas by the great man. On Sunday, they launch their […]