Posts Tagged ‘opera’

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

Touchdown!

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 […]

Aug. 24 2013

08/31/13 – DIE WALKURE – 1:00PM

By WBJC Programming | Posted in Operafest | No Comments

San Francisco Opera DIE WALKURE by Richard Wagner Recorded Summer 2010, War Memorial Opera House Wotan has fathered a mortal son, Siegmund, in order to recover the ring. Siegmund stumbles upon the home of Sieglinde, his unrecognized twin sister. Although Sieglinde is the wife of Siegmund’s sworn enemy, the two are mutually attracted and consummate […]

May. 07 2013

An Operatic Requiem for a President and an Era

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

This November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Over the past five decades, numerous books, films, TV shows, and other art works have recounted the events of that terrible day and the toll it took on JFK’s family, the nation, and the entire world. This weekend, The […]

Jan. 25 2013

Instant Audience: Just Add Casual Attire?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 7 Comments

I have a confession to make: lately, every time I see an article or a blog post about finding ways to attract new (and presumably younger) audience members to classical music performances, I groan. Actually, I’m starting to wonder if they’re all the same piece, or at least written by the same author. Inevitably, they […]

Nov. 29 2012

Bizet’s Habanera With An Industrial Twist

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

You’ve heard the Habanera from Carmen before,  right? I bet you haven’t heard it like this. If you think you’re a jaded opera fan, or not an opera fan at all, I dare you to watch the following video by the French band Zic Zazou without laughing and enjoying the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=96I_UrTOZF0 Apologies to the […]

Sep. 12 2012

What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

A paycheck. Okay, that may not work as a joke, but it’s food for thought for all of us who love creating art of any kind. Some may think I’m oversimplifying in making such a statement, & perhaps I am, but please allow me to explain. The arts are in crisis these days. Over the […]

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