I don’t know if the device attached to the English horn is to check intonation, to amplify, or something else completely. Anyone out there know?

From the YouTube page (since the video isn’t really all about the English horn):
El?na Garan?a performs Gounod’s “Repentir” from her new album “Meditation” on Deutsche Grammohpon.


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El?na Garan?a presents a beautiful selection of spiritual music dedicated to the eternal search and longing for inner peace. El?na Garan?a is joined on this recording by her husband, the well-known Gibraltan conductor Karel Mark Chichon OBE.

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New York Polyphony sings Arthur Sullivan’s “The Long Day Closes”

A film by Matt Dine

His note on the YouTube page: “My new film about Albrecht Mayer and his AM155 model oboe by Gebrüder Mönnig” (Well, I added the umlauts!)

It’s fascinating to watch an oboe being made. At least I found it so!

Mönnig oboes

Daelli – Fantasy on themes from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto
Oboe – Malgorzata Suchowiejko

I’m nearing the mid-point of Wicked, and I’ve had my two rehearsals for Rigoletto. I now have only 15 performances of Wicked to go and I don’t go back into the opera pit until the final performances on September 19 and 21.

It’s interesting to be playing such different sorts of music. Wicked isn’t difficult, once one figures out the vamps and cuts and remembers the tempi changes and meters. That comes fairly quickly, and especially when it’s a musical I’ve heard before. (When our younger son was in high school he was very into musical theater so we did a lot of listening and Wicked was pretty popular then.) While the musical isn’t hard, there is very little down time, and what time there is I spend swabbing instruments: the pit is usually cold which is a great way to get water in keys.

The opera … well … a completely different thing. Wicked is fun and yes, I can fall for the formulaic and my heart strings are tugged a bit. Formulas can really work, it seems. But the opera? It’s just an incredible work of music. It doesn’t have tremendously difficult things in it either, really, but it has a few tricky things that make me very glad I’ve played it a number of times already. I would never have decided to come in for the final two performances had I not known the book well already.

We don’t have an Opera San José video up yet (they do usually put something up after they do the final dress rehearsal), but here’s just a little bit of the stage being set up. I don’t know who the singer and orchestra are in this. Anyone?

This is the UK tour trailer for Wicked … it shows more of the characters which I enjoyed since I can’t see one thing (I’m under the stage).

… and then for a change of pace (hah!), here’s a video the Metropolitan Opera has provided on YouTube:

I had just started oboe, if I’m remembering correctly.

Hmm. I’m not so sure about this …

Duo No.IV by W.F. Bach

I always love finding videos that include people I know! Enjoy!

Oboe: Adrienne Malley
Flute: Tomiko Tsai

… I think! ;-)