13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

Here’s a treat for you: James Levine rehearsing a bit of Fastaff with the singers:

You can see and hear Falstaff in movie theaters come December! I’ve attended some of these live in HD events and they are great fun!

Verdi’s Falstaff
December 14, 2013, 12:55 pm ET

U.S. Encore: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm local time
Canada Encores: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm ET
Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm local time
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm local time

An undisputed master of Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble cast.

You can see all of the dates for the Met opera performances here.

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

Why is the death of a female character the recurring dramatic focus in opera?” Cahill asked recently, pointing out that male characters don’t perish at nearly the same rate. Whether she coughs her life away in a chilly garret, gets stabbed by a jealous boyfriend, inadvertently drinks poison or jumps off the Castel Sant’Angelo, the odds aren’t good for the leading lady.

Cahill eventually turned her question into “Fatal Song,” an evening of theater that throws together nearly 20 characters — played by five female and two male singers — in what conductor Jerry Steichen calls “a dressing room in purgatory.” The playwright fashioned a plot that strings together some of the most popular arias in opera history, from Carmen’s “Habanera” to Cunegonde’s “Glitter and Be Gay,” as the characters try to figure out who is killing them off and why. Some of them, aware of what’s about to happen, try to warn the others of their fates.

“They think singing is the thing that kills them,” said Cahill, who is Salt Lake Acting Company’s playwright in residence. “But music is like a drug that they want and need.” Mimì, for example, could escape and set up a gift shop in the south of France — but would it be worth giving up her celebrated death scene?

RTWT

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

Hmmm. I’m thinking I’ll skip it … it’s a waste of a good carrot! ;-)

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

We too look upon music as effeminate, and think only girls should study it. This is not true. To be a good musician requires brains of the highest order. Boys, be not afraid to study music, there is nothing more worthy of the masculine mind.

— Edbridge W. Newton (1921-1922), Ginn and Company music publishers.

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

After practicing my oboe I wanna kick a kitten…

Oh dear ….