23. April 2008 · Comments Off on Prompters! · Categories: Links, Ramble

There’s a really fun article about prompters.

If they really make what is quoted, maybe I should switch careers, hmmm? I suspect though, that it’s a tough gig to have. And you don’t even get a bow.

Of course you also don’t get a bad review.

Here’s a teaser which can’t help but cause you to read the whole thing:

Soprano Christine Brewer has a voice critics have described as “brilliant” and “golden,” yet she admits that her mind sometimes drifts during long performances.

In the middle of a recent five-hour production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at the San Francisco Opera, the 52-year-old singer started daydreaming and lost her place. She got excited, she says, then sped up and began singing the lines of her co-star, who started cracking up.

Ms. Brewer’s salvation came from a little box at the foot of the stage. Unseen by the audience, prompter Jonathan Kuhner climbed part-way out of his box and yelled, “Stop singing!”

23. April 2008 · Comments Off on Some Good, Some Not, But Mostly Good: Review #3 · Categories: Reviews

Scott McClelland for the Metro.

Quint soon arrived, dropped to his knees and shed tears of joy.

For a 4 million dollar violin? You bet.

PS Don’t allow your instrument to be left behind! (RTWT)

(The Merc has it written as “$4 million dollar violin”. Isn’t the “$” unnecessary if they are using the word “dollar”?)

23. April 2008 · Comments Off on My Life Is So Easy · Categories: Links, Ramble

Stating that the violence and clashes had adverse effects on the orchestra, Vasfi said, “We rehearse at home in order not to become victims of the war, we do not want to lose our orchestra members. We also perform at home.”

They place calls to the audience just before they start playing. “We have resisted attacks, and fought to make art,” said Vasfi.


23. April 2008 · Comments Off on Underground Mozart · Categories: Links, Ramble

Check it out. And look at some of those costumes.

Just a tad different than our production.

I read about it first here and here.

23. April 2008 · Comments Off on I Never Thought Of It This Way · Categories: English horn, Ramble, Videos, Watch

Watch and listen to this video of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture. It’s only the English horn portion. But … well … while the part is important, I never thought of it as the most important part. It seemed that the line floating above was more important to me, and that the English horn was underneath that, until the little “call” at the end. Hmmm. Guess I was wrong?

23. April 2008 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.

-Robert Browning