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Archive for February 2010

I give. I like to know what they’re saying.

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I love subtitles at operas; I think they’re a great innovation in opera. Does that make me an opera unpurist? Maybe, maybe not. Anyhooo, my opinion holds that it’s the best way to bring more fans into my fav art form. And that can’t be all bad.

But of course, nothing is risk free. For instance, a few years back in a Tosca performance….you might recall the scene in the first act, at the end of the duet between Tosca and Cavaradossi??? The jealous dark eyed Tosca asks her painter boyfriend who is painting a portrait of another woman—who has blue eyes—to paint the eyes black. The translation in the subtitle read: “give her two black eyes”. Mmmmmm. Not exactly Puccini’s intent, I am sure. However, it was pretty funny.

Still, I’m way happier now that there are subtitles at the opera houses. I enjoy the music far more with them than without them. Now, here’s a clip of a Tosca aria that Pavarotti owned–he nails it. So listen, go stream of consciousness and enjoy the music. As well as the subtitles.

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February 23, 2010 at 7:58 am

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Drop All Lesser Pleasures

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"Drop all lesser pleasures..."

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin had never been performed in Alaska before last Saturday night. And who was conducting? Our own conductor far far from home, Timothy Myers! According to Mike Dunham of Alaska Daily News: “Non-singing counted for much here…notably the contribution of conductor Timothy Myers. Faced with a pared-down orchestra (nine violins total would be about half of the first violin section alone in any of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies), he compensated with masterful precision that paid attention to the composer’s melodies and ingenious deployment of instruments, getting especially crisp work from the winds. The distinct wind and harp voices supporting the letter writing scene came out with elegant clarity. The Anchorage Opera orchestra has seldom sounded this good. Should I ever find myself in a city where this man is directing another production or a concert, I’ll drop all lesser pleasures to attend.”

Let’s read that last line again: “Should I ever find myself in a city where this man is directing another production or a concert, I’ll drop all lesser pleasures to attend.”

Mike Dunham: Consider yourself invited to Raleigh!

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February 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

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All Glammed Up and Rockin’

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Last night was the coming out party for North Carolina Opera—the resulting company of the merger between OCNC and Capital Opera Raleigh. Formal wear was in order for the annual Opera Ball and Raleigh certainly glammed up nicely despite the frigid temperatures! Thanks to all who came out—what a fab party! Here are a few pics.

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February 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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Popera With a Bit of Soul

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Does it take figurative cojones to talk about classical opera crossover on an opera blog? Maybe…but here I go anyway. Coming to the Triangle is “popera” tenors group, Destino, popping down to see us here in the Triangle in between performances at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I like their sound, even if a bit opera-lite. But then I confess, I also like Il Divo and Josh Groban…

Check out their video. They’ll be here on February 13 at The Clayton Center. Get ticket info on the Calendar page.

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February 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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