… this is the first full dress rehearsal for Capriccio, the rarely performed Strauss opera which will receive its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.

I’m confused, which I realize is my usual state of mind: if this is “rarely performed” how can it also be a “world premiere”? I keep reading the sentence thinking I’ll finally understand. Hmm. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit to not figuring this out. (And not having read the whole article yet; maybe it will clarify this.)

[insert little pause while I finish the article]

Okay. Maybe what the writer means is that this is the world premiere of this production? That’s all I can guess.

And then someone might be trying to bomb the Gothenburg Opera? Bizarre.

I found an audition article to have an excellent suggestion: Those auditioning should bring their instruments and the music they want to play. Whoa. Who’d a thunk it? Bring your instrument? And music? Golly!

The Tallahassee Symphony article says nothing about bringing an instrument or music. Guess those musicians are going to be out of luck, eh?

“I took the place of [bassist] Henri Girard, and I met him when I got there. He had played in the first performance of “Rite of Spring” in Paris with Stravinsky. He told me, “You know the riot, it wasn’t that bad.”

The above is from an article about two musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra who will soon retire. Nice little read.

And, finally (for now) “Think opera camp for grownups!” Or so they say.

2 Comments

  1. I grew up going to those Harry Ellis Dickson concerts, and I did love them, although at some point I thought “awwww, they’re for children, I’m too old for that now” (my loss). I also remember Henri Girard in the back row (or at least reading the name).

  2. Heh … some things that I was too old for when I was younger I’m now young enough for. If you know what I mean. :-)