02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Some Things Better Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) · Categories: imported, Ramble

(Ooh … the Phillies’ pitcher just said a naughty word and the TV caught him. Speaking of “better left unsaid”!)

So … going back to a Mercury article I read earlier, check these quotes out:

Finding the right singer for the right role is a complicated process, one helped by the Excel spreadsheet Sloss has open in his laptop. “Our Mimi has to look credible. She dies of TB, so she shouldn’t be too hefty,” he says, running down his checklist. “She requires a lyrical voice and musical sensibility, and has to also be a touching actress.”

Sloss is not terribly optimistic. “We’ll see dozens of sopranos in the next three days, and we’ll be lucky to find one who’ll be the Mimi we’re hoping for.”

Ouch. Right out there for everyone to see. The “little black dress” syndrome is everywhere.

I understand the problem. Really I do. I love it when the singers look right for the parts. But since when has opera ever been believable? And I thought it was about the voice?

And then:

“Usually we know within the first eight bars whether it’s someone we’re looking for,” says one director, who asked to remain nameless because what he had just said “sounded cruel, didn’t it?”

Yes, indeed. It’s true sometimes … but not always … and I’d prefer to give an auditionee a bit more time in case there was a “glitch” when beginning.

And finally …

The term cattle call comes to mind: One director plays solitaire on a laptop during an obviously lukewarm performance.

I just think that could have been left out. We don’t need to know about this. Really.

No wonder audionees get so darn frustrated and feel as if they are being ignored or given only minimal attention. It’s just because it’s true.

02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Criticiscm · Categories: imported, Other People's Words

Criticism — and its humble cousin, reviewing — is not a democratic activity. It is, or should be, an elite enterprise, ideally undertaken by individuals who bring something to the party beyond their hasty, instinctive opinions of a book (or any other cultural object). It is work that requires disciplined taste, historical and theoretical knowledge and a fairly deep sense of the author’s (or filmmaker’s or painter’s) entire body of work, among other qualities.

I read Richard Schickel’s words above here. I think you could put music in the mix too, yes?


02. June 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Gustav Mahler’s music is known for making people feel a little uncomfortable.

-Ashley Hassebroek (read here)


02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Um … Spelling, Anyone? · Categories: imported, Ramble

Indianapolis Symphony – Happy Hour Concert – June 7, 2007
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Music Director Mario Venzago will the exciting fanale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Richard Wagner’s Overture and “Venusburg Music” from “Tannhauser,” and James beckel’s “Toccata for Orchestra in a one-hour concert of great classical music.

Unless maybe I don’t know this word, “fanale”?

Someone isn’t proofreading very well in Indianapolis. Or maybe happy hour started quite early? And yes, I see the other typos as well. (Read here)

02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Visitors · Categories: imported, Ramble

Heh. Someone landed here doing a search on “insight” and “clothing”. What do you think? Should I start a line? Or maybe not.

Lots of searching on oboists and English hornists, of course. Yet no search on “Patricia Emerson Mitchell”. Now what’s up with that?!

Oh … gotta run … time to teach! 🙂

(More on who lands here later.)

02. June 2007 · Comments Off on The Competition · Categories: imported, News

Having missed the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition I immediately checked the results this morning. Having looked at the list of finalists last night, I thought to myself, “Of course Scott will be the audience favorite. He always is!” Sure enough, I was right. (Not that I knew many of the other singers, so this really was just a silly guess.) He gets a nice littel $5,000. (Hmmm. Maybe I could win something for “Best 50 year old whiney oboe blog” … ya think?) The three winners that were chosen by the judges were all women.


Scott Bearden (sang with Opera San José, very funny actor who always captures the audiences attention)
Christopher Clayton (couldn’t locate management link)
Jason Detwiler (sang with Opera San José, I’ve always loved his voice!)
Adam Flowers (sang with Opera San José singer, couldn’t locate management link, personal link)
Kimberly Giordano (couldn’t locate management link, personal link)
NaGuanda Nobles
Alaine Rodin
Kristin Rothfuss
Oksana Sitnitska
Scott Six (couldn’t locate management link)

The Winners:

First Place: NaGuanda Nobles ($15,000)
Second Place: Kristin Rothfuss ($10,000)
Third Place: Oksana Sitnitska ($5,000)

Next year I plan to go … I just thought it more important to my students’ concert. I find it very enlightening, and in this case also very encouraging, to hear how my students do in performance.

02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Why?! · Categories: imported, Ramble

Why in the world would I wake far too early on a Saturday morning, with a short passage of Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto in my head. Huh?

Ah well … it got me moving and I’ve already cleaned up the kitchen. Two students today. And at 4:05 we’ll see if the Giants can repeat what was quite the lopsided (in our favor) score of 13-0 from last night. Yeah, so the ump called something wrong and that began the fiasco. Poor Phillies. But that’s the way it goes sometimes, yes?