31. October 2016 · Comments Off on Try Something New · Categories: Awards, Prizes, vocal

So many of us stick to the comfortable. The predictable. The stuff we know and are used to. I think it’s wonderful to try new things on for size.

And I’m not talking clothing.

This is Caroline Shaw’s “Partita”, sung by the group Roomful of Teeth (which includes Ms. Shaw). I think it’s wonderful. I would guess some of you will scratch your heads, but at least give it a chance, please!

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013.

08. December 2014 · Comments Off on Opera News Awards · Categories: Awards, Opera

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year’s honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.


I’d love to attend … but … well …

Individual benefactor tickets to the Opera News Awards are available for $850; individual President’s Circle tickets at $1,200. In addition, Benefactor tables are available for $8,500; President’s Circle tables at $12,000.

And then I’d probably need to purchase a plane ticket too. So I suppose I’ll stay home. But congrats to the recipients!

10. May 2014 · Comments Off on I’m Delighted! · Categories: Awards, Opera

I wasn’t able to attend the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition this year, but I just read the news:

First Place: Cecilia Violetta López, soprano

Second Place: Robert Watson, tenor

Third Place: Nicole Birkland, mezzo-soprano

Audience Favorite: Cecilia Violetta López, soprano

Both Cecilia and Nicole are (were?) members of Opera San José’s Artist in Residence program. They are amazing musicians and it is just wonderful that they were recognized today. I don’t know Robert Watson, but I’m sure he is equally deserving. I really wish I could have heard them.

24. September 2013 · Comments Off on Congratulations, Jeremy Denk! · Categories: Awards

Once again we find no oboist on the list of Macarthur Foundation Fellows. Such a shock, don’t you think?

But many congratulations to Jeremy Denk, who was awarded one. I’ve enjoyed his blog, Think Denk … you might want to check it out too. (Not recently updated, though.)

I was not named a MacArthur Fellow, but Chris Thile was:

So was Claire Chase (“My parents took me …”. Gotta love that!):

& bow maker Benoît Rolland:

I think I will win a MacArthur when they give them out for very silly whiners. I am the silliest whiny person, after all!

23. September 2008 · Comments Off on I Can’t Even Imagine! · Categories: Awards, Links, News

The recipients, who must be citizens or residents of the United States, join 756 who have been named fellows since 1981. Each gets $100,000 a year for five years, with no strings attached. Calling the recipients is “the best hour of the year,” Mr. Fanton said.

Most of the winners, who are singled out for their creativity and their potential for making important future contributions, are familiar primarily to experts in their own fields, although a few in the arts have reached larger audiences: for example, Alex Ross, 40, a music critic for The New Yorker and the author of a cultural history of 20th-century music, “The Rest Is Noise”….

$100,000 a year for five years? Geesh, that’s simply beyond my comprehension. Congratulations, Mr. Ross!