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Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Review – Die Fledermaus: A Formidable Cast Enlivens Strauss Jr.’s Famed Masterwork
For 68 summers, Northwest Arkansas has been an opera haven for young singers. High atop the Rock Candy Mountain at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, amid lush forests and vistas of a golden horizon, Opera in the Ozarks serves as an artist colony for performers from across the United States. The experience culminates in a month-long opera festival -- by far Arkansas’ most important operatic event of the year. A…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Capriccio: A Win for the Words When Music Misses The Mark
Of Richard Strauss’ 15 completed operas, his last opus “Capriccio” is arguably the most abstruse. For a start, it isn’t even called an opera but a “Conversation Piece for Music.” Many Strauss scholars are baffled by this highly cerebral, seemingly escapist bagatelle composed in the midst of the mayhem of World War II. It was as if Strauss and librettist Clemens Krauss were writing something for their own intellectual amusement…
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Artist Profile: James King, A Baritone Turned Heldentenor
James King, born on May 22, 1925, would go onto a prolific career as a heldentenor. But it took him a long way to get there. In fact, he didn’t make his debut as a tenor until 1961 when he was in his mid-30s. The reason for this is that his initial studies had led him down the path of being a baritone. He was a voice teacher who regularly…
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Vienna State Opera Live Stream 2017-18: Strauss’ ‘Capriccio’ Takes the Stage
This Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Vienna State Opera showcases a production of Strauss’ late work “Capriccio” via its famed live streaming service. Per the official website, the showcase stars Anna Gabler, Markus Eiche, Michael Schade, Adrian Eröd, Wolfgang Bankl, and Angelika Kirchschlager among its cast members with Michael Boder conducting the performance. The performance kicks off at 7 p.m. local time and ends around 9:30 p.m. For those in…
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Artist Profile: Soprano Judith Blegen & Her Lengthy Met Opera Career
Kentucky-born soprano Judith Blegen, born on April 27, 1943, made a successful career dominated by her association with the Metropolitan Opera. She actually kicked off her career studying violin before switching over to voice at the Curtis Institute of Music and then went to Rome to continue her vocal studies. She would eventually kick off her career in Germany and Italy before making a major debut at the Vienna State…
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Deborah Voigt, Simon Keenlyside, Gustavo Dudamel Lead Music Academy of the West’s 71st Season
The Music Academy of the West has announced its 71st season which is set for June 11, 2018. The festival will run through August 11, 2018, and will star some of the greatest artists in the world of opera and classical music. As has been the case for these season announcements, the focus will be solely on opera and vocal music. Deborah Voigt will give a concert performance that will…
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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review – Der Rosenkavalier: Kirill Petrenko Leads Bayerisches Staatsorchester in History-Making Performance
Excitement filled the air as the members of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester arrived on stage and Maestro Kirill Petrenko took to the stand. We were all still floating high after their outstanding debut performance the night before at New York City’s coveted Carnegie Hall, audience members began clapping even before they played the first note of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” Their delicate and emotional performance of Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Cello,…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Elektra: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Steals The Show In Strauss’ Most Violent Work
Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in a hotly anticipated revival of Patrice Chéreau’s production. Last time out, the production was a smash hit, its stripped-down sets allowing for the audience to focus on the violent drama put before us. It continues to work in that vein, though its overall stillness might not be apt for some audiences. Horror Film Embodied Its most…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Hildegard Behrens, Nina Stemme, Birgit Nilsson & The Met’s 22 ‘Elektra’ Interpreters
When Strauss’ “Elektra” returns to the stage on Thursday, March 1 at the Metropolitan Opera, it will take part 109th performance with the company. The role is often considered one of the most challenging in the repertoire, if not the most difficult. The soprano is tasked with a lengthy evening with barely any rest and no intermission to aid her in recouping her strength. Acting and singing are of highest…
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Opera Profile: Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
Of all of Richard Strauss’ operas, none is more famous than “Der Rosenkavalier.” The work, written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, premiered on Jan. 26, 1911. While a comedy on the surface, the opera muses on the passing of time and the challenges of growing old, as explored through the character of the Marschallin. The opera was a massive success at its premiere and has since held the stage. Short Plot…