Posts Tagged ‘opera’

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 […]

Sep. 08 2012

09/15/12 – Faust – 1:00pm

By WBJC Programming | Posted in Operafest | No Comments

San Francisco Opera Faust by Charles François Gounod Libretto by Jules  Barbier and Michel Carré Approximate Running Time: 3 hour, 30 minutes with 2 intermissions In French Gounod’s Faust remains the most famous operatic treatment of Goethe’s play. Orchestral excerpts from the work include the ballet scene from the fifth act, the Nubian dances, Cleopatra variations, […]

Aug. 09 2012

“Der fliegende Holländer”

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

In 1641, before the Dutch East India Company had set up a refreshment station at the southern tip of Africa—at the point that the cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm current of the Indian Ocean converge—a captain called van der Decken ran into a deadly storm at the Cape of Good Hope […]

Jul. 09 2012

2 great movies and a new meaning for the term “soap opera”

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

While all of us on the WBJC staff love movies, we’re often annoyed by the way in which classical music is portrayed on the silver screen these days. If it’s used at all, it’s generally depicted as something stuffy rich people enjoy, or it’s the background music to a serial killer’s gruesome exploits. This wasn’t […]

Jun. 27 2012

Sounds of Summer

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

There are certain pop songs or classical pieces that will always make me think of summer. One is Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”, which I heard on my way to work this morning & thought – perfect! Not only do the song’s flippant lyrics & upbeat tempo seem appropriate for warm weather & sunny skies, the album […]

Jun. 07 2012

Can flash mobs save classical music?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

Classical music fans are constantly searching for ways to introduce this wonderful art form to others. Those of us who make a living by writing, performing, teaching, or *ahem* playing the stuff on the radio tend to feel an extra sense of urgency – not only would we like to attract new fans, we want […]

May. 24 2012

They Say You Never Forget Your First Time…

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

But, it seems I have. I honestly can’t recall the first time I heard classical music, at least not in the sense of being able to pinpoint a specific moment. I do, however, have a pretty good idea of who introduced me to classical music – actually, to opera. He has long ears, buck teeth, […]

Apr. 06 2012

Une Voyageuse Fabuleux

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

    The Charles Theater is presenting The Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcast of Massenet’s Manon tomorrow & I’ll be on hand to greet audience members, hand out “swag”, & enjoy the show. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, right? It gets better. Sara Stewart, a wonderful, talented woman who’s a member of […]

Feb. 24 2012

Opera on-screen!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

While skimming friends’ Facebook posts this morning, I came across a few comments relating to Placido Domingo & Stephen Colbert having sung Verdi’s La Donna e Mobile on last night’s “Colbert Report.” Having missed the broadcast, I immediately Googled the performance & was delighted with the video I found. Both men sound great & look […]

Jan. 26 2012

Getting away to it all

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

I’m not one to sit around on vacation. I love my job, but it does entail spending most of my workday in a small room with a bunch of electronics, & I’m a pretty sociable person, & not very sedentary,  so when I leave town for a few days, I need to be somewhere with […]

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