12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

It’s certainly easier to work with dead composers than living ones.

-Mark Morris

This was heard at the simulcast of the Met’s Nixon In China, which I attended this morning.

I really enjoyed the opera, but I think I’d need more listens to really get it wrapped around this brain of mine. I also need to do a bit of reading on China to grasp all that was in this opera.

During the opera the iPhone was off and in my purse, but prior to the start and during intermissions I figured it was okay to snap a few photos. Here are some to check out:

Time to go in!:

The orchestra getting ready. (Can anyone tell me who were on second oboe and English horn?):

Countdown time would include a photo from the opera. It was amazing how much singer Janis Kelly looked like Pat Nixon!:

Thomas Hampson interviewing the always entertaining director Peter Sellars:

Thomas Hampson interviewing composer John Adams:

I think my favorite singer of the day was Russell Braun, seen here on the left, although they were all quite good. Pictured along with Braun and Hampson is Richard Paul Fink:

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

(Psst! Opening night tonight!)

Ah, Rossini. So you’re the composer of The Barber of Seville. I congratulate you. It will be played as long as Italian opera exists. Never try to write anything else but opera buffa; any other style would do violence to your nature.

-Beethoven

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera, Videos

More Barber of Seville videos … because this was such a great story!

In case you never read about it (although if you read this blog you would have read it here, Joyce DiDonato had a bit of an accident at her opening night a few years back. But she continued with the run. From a wheelchair. And I read that it was absolutely incredible! So here are a few videos for you … enjoy!

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

[name here] wonders why are drug side effects always hair loss & incontinence? Why can’t playing the oboe or the power to summon eagles be side effects? Looking at you, Pfizer.

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Opera

Rossini, Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum … on bassoon:

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

(Opening Night Tonight!)

12. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Watching someone play the oboe while standing up is like seeing someone play a keytar version of the bagpipes.