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Pizarro: Opera San Jose founder Irene Dalis honored with inaugural arts award

The city of San Jose honored Irene Dalis, Opera San Joses founder and managing director, with the first Cornerstone of the Arts Award on Friday night at the California Theatre.
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Dell’Arte Opera Offers a Cavalli to Fill a Summer Lull

Dell’Arte Opera Offers a Cavalli to Fill a Summer Lull | OperaMania | Scoop.it
The company, known for fresh productions of classics, presents the 1651 opera “La Calisto” at La MaMa through Aug. 26.
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Ami & Tami Primary Times Children's Choice Awards Review - Page A (1 of 2 pages) Edinburgh Fringe Children's Shows | Primary Times

Ami & Tami Primary Times Children's Choice Awards Review - Page A (1 of 2 pages) Edinburgh Fringe Children's Shows | Primary Times | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Tami and Ami are desperate for the adventure, imagination and excitement that their parents have forbidden them from and from visiting th
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Review: Steve Jobs of Apple, Tech Visionary, Has Glitches as an Opera

Review: Steve Jobs of Apple, Tech Visionary, Has Glitches as an Opera | OperaMania | Scoop.it
ZACHARY WOOLFE
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Bel Canto and Tech Combine in New Steve Jobs Opera

Bel Canto and Tech Combine in New Steve Jobs Opera | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Mason Bates’ opera is designed to use both high-tech and traditional operatic ideas to enter the inner world of the mercurial co-founder of Apple, Inc.
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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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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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American Composers Orchestra Appoints Edward Yim as President

American Composers Orchestra Appoints Edward Yim as President | OperaMania | Scoop.it
EDWARD YIM
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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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Thanks to streaming, Americans are listening to more music than ever before

Thanks to streaming, Americans are listening to more music than ever before | OperaMania | Scoop.it
A report found that a steady rise in technology and streaming services has increased how much music Americans listen to.
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Michael Tilson Thomas to Step Down From the S.F. Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas to Step Down From the S.F. Symphony | OperaMania | Scoop.it
The influential music director will depart after the 2019–2020 season.
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33 Years After Her Death, Eccentric Opera Singer’s Garden Still Grows

33 Years After Her Death, Eccentric Opera Singer’s Garden Still Grows | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Like Madame Ganna Walska — the lady who created them — the gardens of Lotusland are over-the-top and unforgettable.
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The Trailblazing Efforts of “Indie Opera”

The Trailblazing Efforts of “Indie Opera” | OperaMania | Scoop.it
Russell Platt reviews “Butterfly,” an update to Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” by the indie company Heartbeat Opera, directed by Ethan Heard.
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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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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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