02. September 2011 · Comments Off on Ouches All ‘Round! · Categories: Read Online

“Mr. Nazareth has taken a disrespectful and destructive attitude in the sense that he has verbally discredited the ministry and the country, our officials and artists, despite our efforts first to find him, then to bring him here, and finally to come up with his fees for the concerts he has offered,” Rodríguez told the daily.

“There needs to be chemistry between the musicians and the conductor,” Gabriel Goñi, a flutist with the OSN, told The Tico Times. “Nazareth’s manner of working caused problems with some of the musicians. He was tough and would yell. Many Costa Rican musicians are not accustomed to being treated like that.”

Contacted by The Tico Times for comment, Nazareth, via email, replied only: “I came to Costa Rica with the vision of making a great orchestra out of the OSN. This dream soon turned into a nightmare that I want to forget as quickly as possible.”


02. September 2011 · Comments Off on Heart of a Soldier · Categories: Opera

I received the following. I can’t attend, due to my opera schedule here, but perhaps a reader is interested:

Heart of a Soldier: Honoring Strength through Song with James Stewart and the SF Opera
James B. Stewart, Author, Heart of a Soldier; Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist
David Gockley, General Director, San Francisco Opera
Christopher Theofanidis, Composer, “Heart of a Soldier”
Gil Gross, Award-winning Radio Journalist; Weekday Talk Host, KGO Newstalk 810 – Moderator
A bold new opera tackling the 9/11 tragedy is headed to San Francisco. We first heard the extraordinary story of Rick Rescorla, a military veteran who led hundreds to safety in the 9/11 WTC attacks, in Stewart’s 2002 book, Heart of a Soldier. Now, Rescorla’s heroism lives on in the San Francisco Opera’s commemorative production of the same name. Hear about the project’s goals and challenges from journalist Stewart, opera director Gockley and other collaborators. They will discuss the creative process leading to this inspiring new production.
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation

Erin Collins
Program Coordinator
The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

I am looking forward to hearing and seeing Heart of a Soldier. I’ll fill you in on what I thought after Dan and I attend … maybe. Or maybe I’ll just let the rest of the BlogWorld speak. We’ll see. (I honestly don’t care to write reviews all that much.)

Here are a couple of videos about this new opera:

… but before we go to this opera I have thirteen Idomeneo services and the San Francisco Opera‘s Turandot.

And yes, I continue to love Mozart’s Idomeneo!

02. September 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

So, I might start working a subway, just so I can buy an Oboe.

02. September 2011 · Comments Off on Idomeneo · Categories: Opera · Tags: ,

Okay … I said I’d share one that uses a favorite singer of mine. Here she is, singing Idamante. (In our production one cast will feature a tenor singing the role and the other will feature a mezzo.)

Magdalena Kozena sings Idamante´s aria “Non ho colpa” from Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart during Salzburger Festspiele 2006.
Idamante: Magdalena Kozena
Illia: Ekaterina Siurina
Conduct.: Roger Norrington

I just love Kozena’s voice! (I can’t say I love this production, what little I’ve seen, but maybe it would grow on me. Dunno.)

Now back to opera … second sitzprobe at 1:00!

… Don Sanchez pronounces the name differently than I. I haven’t a clue who is correct … but maybe that doesn’t matter?!

02. September 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™ · Tags:

… kinda leaves you scratching your head, doesn’t it? 😉

02. September 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Oh wow. I just found the first music I ever played on oboe. Ever. Whole note A’s and rests, and that’s it. xD #blastfromthepast