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Books: Two diametrically opposed views of an introduction to opera

Books: Two diametrically opposed views of an introduction to opera | OperaMania | Scoop.it
A new opera guide offers history and tables — but a sociologist’s book documents the true face of opera fandom.
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UMS Announces Matthew VanBesien as New President – UMS – University Musical Society

UMS Announces Matthew VanBesien as New President – UMS – University Musical Society | OperaMania | Scoop.it
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A new concert hall in Hamburg, Germany transforms the city

A new concert hall in Hamburg, Germany transforms the city | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Bring one of its most alluring features, 10,000 unique acoustic panels, into your room with this augmented reality story.
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Watch Renée Fleming Take Her Final Bow in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’

Watch Renée Fleming Take Her Final Bow in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ | OperaMania | Scoop.it
In a moment broadcast live worldwide, the superstar soprano bid farewell to a signature role, closing a chapter in her storied career.
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Man who made Michigan must-stop for classical music tours leaves legacy of inclusion

Man who made Michigan must-stop for classical music tours leaves legacy of inclusion | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Ken Fischer
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Juventas Kicks Off - The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Juventas Kicks Off - The Boston Musical Intelligencer | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Juventas New Music brought members of 10 area ensembles to the Oberon last Wednesday to launch a yearlong run-up to a Boston New Music Festival.     [continued]
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In Trump-inspired opera parody, it ain’t over until the third wife sings - The Boston Globe

In Trump-inspired opera parody, it ain’t over until the third wife sings - The Boston Globe | OperaMania | Scoop.it
In “The Drumf and the Rhinegold,” a parody of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, Rhinemaidens named Ivana, Marla, and Melania try to take down an evil overlord.
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University of Michigan Credit Union Endows New Arts Adventures Program – UMS – University Musical Society

University of Michigan Credit Union Endows New Arts Adventures Program – UMS – University Musical Society | OperaMania | Scoop.it
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Van Cliburn and the Cruelty of the Piano | San Francisco Classical Voice

Van Cliburn and the Cruelty of the Piano | San Francisco Classical Voice | OperaMania | Scoop.it
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Carmel Bach Festival

Carmel Bach Festival | OperaMania | Scoop.it
A world class festival of music and ideas transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation.
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Wassyl Slipak, Who Left Paris Opera for Ukraine War, Dies at 41

Wassyl Slipak, Who Left Paris Opera for Ukraine War, Dies at 41 | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Mr. Slipak quit his baritone position in Paris to join nationalist fighters in his native Ukraine.
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Maria Callas: Voice Of Perfect Imperfection

Maria Callas: Voice Of Perfect Imperfection | OperaMania | Scoop.it
The late, great opera diva's sound could sometimes be hollow and dark, sometimes shrill, sometimes gorgeous. Callas continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive voice and the raw intensity she put into it.
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Rogovoy Report 5/12/17

Rogovoy Report 5/12/17 | OperaMania | Scoop.it
The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include the unveiling of a new outdoor arts space; an acoustic solo concert by a jam-band legend;
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A 5-hour “Happening” at the Turn Park Art Space, new 16-acre cultural and recreational park in West Stockbridge on May14.

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The little opera company that could, and did, makes The Bronx sing

The little opera company that could, and did, makes The Bronx sing | OperaMania | Scoop.it
When someone mentions The Bronx, you don’t necessarily think “opera!” Yet native son Michael Spierman has been trying to change that since 1967 when, armed with a baton and a newly minted music degree, he started his company there.

This weekend, the curtain rises on the Bronx Opera’s 97th production, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Sir John in Love.” Like every BxO production, it will be sung in English and given on the cheap: The top ticket price is $45 — up from $1, which is what the company charged for its first opera, Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte.” Then again, that was 50 years ago, when the company sang at a housing project.

Since then, corporations have chipped in, some alumni have moved on to the Met and the BxO’s performed for local school kids and at halls all over the tri-state area. But its mission hasn’t changed: As Spierman sees it, opera should be accessible to all.

“We never really had any delusions of being the next Met,” he says. “We were just happy that audiences came and were enthusiastic!”

That includes the woman whose husband dragged her to a Rossini opera and who returned again and again with her friends.

“I thought you hated opera,” Spierman told her. “I do!” she said. “But this isn’t opera. I understand it — it’s a musical!”



It’s hard to imagine anyone more enthusiastic than Spierman, 73, a retired Hunter College music professor who’s made the BxO a family affair. Not only does he conduct, but his ex-wife used to sing in it, his son Ben, 48, is its general director and Ben’s wife, Hannah, sings and handles social media. (“I’m an only child with a sibling called the Bronx Opera,” says Ben, “which had its own room in our apartment and needed constant care and feeding.”)

Over the years, its singers have included an eclectic band of moonlighters, including a customs official from JFK (“He used to bring his gun to rehearsals!”); Lawrence Harris, a former offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers (“He said playing in the NFL was easier than singing opera!”); and Audrey Meyer, wife of restaurateur Danny (“not really an operatic voice but highly solid”).

Though the pay is paltry, only a couple of hundred per gig, singers have auditioned from all over. Spierman says one recently came from Washington, DC, to try out for the company’s “Falstaff” this spring. One of the singers in “Sir John” drives down from Ithaca, NY; another commutes from Philadelphia.

Says Spierman, generously: “If they’re talented, I don’t care if they come from Cleveland!”

“Sir John in Love” plays Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $30 to $45. Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; BronxOpera.org
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For Music Industry Entrepreneurs – Some Thoughts, Some Questions | Sramana Mitra

For Music Industry Entrepreneurs – Some Thoughts, Some Questions | Sramana Mitra | OperaMania | Scoop.it
I have been observing the online music industry becoming more and more dysfunctional by the day. Pandora, one of the real juggernauts of the space, is up for
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Justice Ginsburg tackles new role — as opera house diva

Justice Ginsburg tackles new role — as opera house diva | OperaMania | Scoop.it
She'll take the stage on Nov. 12 at The Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera announced Friday.
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Old First Concerts

Old First Concerts | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Outstanding concerts in the acoustically superb sanctuary of Old First Church in San Francisco. Diverse, high-quality music: jazz, chamber music, choral, instrumental, classical, opera, piano, strings, vocal, and world music.
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Andre Hajdu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andre Hajdu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andre Hajdu was born on 5 March 1932 in Hungary. He studied at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Endre Szervánszky and Ferenc Szabó (composition), Erno Szégedi (piano), and Zoltán Kodály (ethnomusicology). As a Kodály disciple, he was involved for two years in research about Gypsy musical culture and published several articles on this subject.

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Opera Theater Unlimited Gives Full-Blooded Poppea | San Francisco Classical Voice

Opera Theater Unlimited Gives Full-Blooded Poppea | San Francisco Classical Voice | OperaMania | Scoop.it
The fertile cultural breeding grounds around the San Francisco Bay have yielded another new opera initiative in the form of Opera Theater Unlimited (OTU), presenting an intimate yet powerful version of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, last weekend at the charming Exit Theatre in downtown San Francisco.
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Singers speak out about opera’s abused women

Singers speak out about opera’s abused women | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Opera is a deadly place for a woman. Night after night, they must pay with their lives for "sins" that range from desire to independence. So how d
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'A huge creative step backwards': the arts view on Brexit

'A huge creative step backwards': the arts view on Brexit | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Majority of arts leaders contacted by the Guardian say they are against the UK leaving Europe
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