22. April 2009 · Comments Off on Metro Review · Categories: Opera, Reviews

You can read it here. It’s pretty favorable.

22. April 2009 · Comments Off on Some Things Just Puzzle Me · Categories: Links, News

A bank manager has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $650,000 from Kiri Te Kanawa, the international opera singer whose Grammy Award-wining career spans more than four decades and includes a performance at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Police arrested Sokvoeun “Cindy” Sou, 27, Tuesday at Bank of Alameda on Island Drive, where she worked as a manager and where Te Kanawa has an Individual Retirement Account.

A Dame of the British Empire, Te Kanawa lives in England. Her Bay Area connections, which include friends and past performances at the San Francisco Opera, apparently led her to open the account here.

Don’t people think about getting caught? And of course there’s that stealing thing. Did it not occur to this 27 year old that this was incredibly wrong? It’s all rather puzzling.

But then I’m naive, I know. I even get made fun of because of that.

Oh well.

I read it here.

22. April 2009 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

Yesterday, I took Becky to her first classical music concert. She exceeded my highest expectation. Although I planned to leave after the first half during the intermission, as I did not think she would even last that long, her first words once the intermission started were: “Mommy, I don’t want to go home yet. I want to hear the piano.” So we stayed.

22. April 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

I just bought my son an oboe. Who knew those little horn thingies cost almost as much as my first new car?

22. April 2009 · Comments Off on Another Review · Categories: Links, Opera, Reviews

San Francisco Music Journal

(This is a new site to me.)

Side note: The review states there are three acts, and it may have seemed that way to some folks. There are actually four acts to Carmen, but OSJ does Acts Three and Four with no intermission, and places the third act’s entr’acte in between the two acts while the chorus changes costumes and the scene changes. (This is why we skip “my” entr’acte that usually falls before Act Four. We also cut the entr’acte to Act Two, which is my fave.) Confusing? Only because of how I try to explain it! Here, this’ll be clearer:

Act One
-intermission
(nix entr’acte to Act Two)
Act Two
-intermission
Act Three
entr’acte to Act Three
(nix entr’acte to Act Four)
Act Four
Curtain

Now you’ve got it, right? More than you cared to. ;-)

22. April 2009 · Comments Off on That Must Be One Yucky Reed · Categories: Links, News, Videos

Most people play the suona horn (Chinese oboe) using their mouth but Lin Feilai is getting attention in Leizhou city, Guangdong province, because he uses his nose.

No one in the area has reportedly ever played the Chinese brass trumpet-like wind instrument using a nose.

Um … no one ever has played it that way, and probably no one every should.

I read it here. True? I wonder!

Here’s a suona played the usual way: