Posts Tagged ‘opera’
Honoring Two Great Ladies of Music
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, […]
Should corporate sponsors butt out of opera?
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 […]
Putting a different spin on classical music
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 […]
Simply (La) Divina
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 […]
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 […]
A Musical Touchdown!
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 […]
Allegro or al dente?
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 […]
Little known Verdi opera
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 […]
08/31/13 – DIE WALKURE – 1:00PM
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 […]
An Operatic Requiem for a President and an Era
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 […]