… because I don’t know about you, but I need it.

J.J. Fux: Kaiserrequiem
Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

Rheinberger: Abendlied
Brussels Chamber Choir; Helen Cassano, Conductor

Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

Rheinberger: Morgenlied
Sofia Kammarkör

The stars have faded
with their golden glow,
soon will the night be past,
[and] the morning will arrive.

Now deep silence reigns
in the valley and over all.
On freshly-bedewed branches
sings only the nightingale.

She sings praise and glory
to the exalted Lord of the world
who over land and sea
holds the hand of blessing.

He has banished the night,
fear nothing, you children;
always comes to those whom he loves
the Father of all lights.

The Flying Dutchman is a Wagner opera we can actually do here in Opera San José: many are just too large, too long, and won’t work for the younger singers we frequently have on stage. So Flying Dutchman it is! There are a number of oboe solos, and a LOT of playing for the principal oboe. My mouth is pretty weary by the end!

We open tonight at 8:00 at the California Theater.

The announcement is up at Broadway World, so I can now feel comfortable getting this information on this site (I’m not one to put information out until it’s been made public.)

Opera San José today announced the company’s 2018-19 season opening September 15, 2018 with Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, directed by Michael Shell, followed in November by Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, directed by Shawna Lucey. The company will then begin 2019 with Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick on February 9, and concludes the season in April with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, directed by Brad Dalton.

I’m a wee bit confused by the Pagliacci run: usually that’s paired with Cavalleria Rusticana (and is referred to as “CavPag”, although we once did it with La Voix Humaine and what a depressing run THAT was! Great music, but oh did we feel beat up emotionally.)

I see no mention of who is conducting what yet.

Nader my God by U adapted by Justin Goh and Kenneth Tay on Afrikaans text
Victoria Chorale; Nelson Kwei, Artistic Director

Orlando di Lasso: Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera
El León de Oro; Maro Antonio Garcia de Paz, Director

Rheinberger: Dein Sind die Himmel
Sofia Kammarkör

Josu Elberdin: Pater noster (Our Father)
Grupo Vocal Elkhos; Carlos Gorritxo, Director

(I tend to think of oboes in the same way I think about cameras. If you know me you might know what I mean. If not, well … I guess you can always ask!)

Yamaha introduces the YOB-831 & YOB-831L oboes-long-awaited updates that increase warmth in the sound while retaining the bright and responsive feel for the player.
New features include a redesigned, thicker bell along with a unique taper and flare that promote a powerful sound with rich overtones. A new tone hole design has well-defined edges to provide increased resonance.
Additionally, unprecedented consistency and production precision of the 831L Duet+ model is due to the “ebonite” upper joint liner. The synthetic wood doesn’t contract or expand, resulting in outstanding overall performance and reliability.
“Players are increasingly demanding high-quality and even higher-performing instruments,” said Brian Petterson, marketing manager, wind instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Increasing the range of tone colors to include the warmer end of the spectrum will make this oboe increasingly popular with modern professionals and students alike. The consistent high quality in production expertly combines craftsmanship and technology, and the greatly increased range of sound characters make this oboe more exciting than anything else currently on the market.”
Pricing and Availability
Yamaha YOB-831 (MSRP: $9,239) and YOB-831L (MSRP: $10,608) will ship in January 2018.
For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2018 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 25-28, 2018, or 4wrd.it/YamahaOboes