Opera from another angle

Recent Posts

  • I love this part…oh &#$*
  • The Big COC Podcast, round three
  • Coming up on the big stage
  • What about Schaunard? and other opera spin-offs
  • Opera on the YouTube
August 29, 2014 0

I love this part…oh &#$*


I was totally on a roll before that A-sharp. Let me share what I think is a common source of frustration for pianists learning operas. You’re playing along (sight-reading like a pro), maybe missing a few notes here and there, but getting the general sound of the show, and you get to that really famous part…

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August 28, 2014 0

The Big COC Podcast, round three


Photo: The COC Bear, Well, Schmopera is officially a veteran of the Big COC Podcast. Later this week, mark my third appearance on the COC’s official podcast, joining guests Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding and arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy (Hyperalleric, Torontoist). Host extraordinaire Gianmarco Segato will lead a chat about the latest current events in the opera world….

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August 28, 2014 0

Coming up on the big stage


This fall at the Canadian Opera Company, the stars come out. First to open on October 3rd will be that great last work of Giuseppe Verdi’s, Falstaff. It’s a co-pro with The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera; and because it’s by Robert Carsen, it means we’ll see stark…

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August 27, 2014 0

What about Schaunard? and other opera spin-offs


I always love it when a supporting character in an opera steals the show. It’s a tip-of-the-hat to the writing of the character, and to the singer/actor pulling it off. Sometimes these characters even stick with me longer than the leads; I imagine what happens to them after the main action has finished. Do the…

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August 27, 2014 0

Opera on the YouTube


Every once in a while, I dig around for full-length operas available on YouTube; I get more and more pleasantly surprised at what’s been uploaded by friendly strangers from the Internet. Today’s pick is one of my favourites: the 1966 BBCtv production of Britten’s Billy Budd. It’s conducted by Charles Mackerras, with Peter Glossop in the…

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August 26, 2014 0

Meet Maestro Wenarto

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I just want to make sure everyone knows about Maestro Wenarto. He’s in Seattle, and he loves to sing on camera; he has a channel on YouTube and Vimeo, and you should go spend some time over there immediately. He’s made over 1800 music videos, plenty of them operatic. I wouldn’t say he’s got a beautiful…

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August 26, 2014 1

Does opera depend on its snobs?


On that old topic of opera’s social relevance, I came across an article by Robert Thicknesse of The Guardian, entitled “How I fell out of love with opera”. The long-time arts critic argues that the social snobbery that clouds opera will never be shed, since those social snobs are the ones funding it all to…

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August 25, 2014 0

Valerian Ruminski, or “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”


*This is a guest post by contributor and Toronto-based baritone Gregory Finney. Check out his other publications here. So as it turns out, Tamar Iveri isn’t the only one with controversial opinions on alternative lifestyles. Only about 2 months ago the Georgian soprano was released from contracts in Australia due to an ultra-homophobic and hate-mongering…

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August 24, 2014 0

I just want to be liked


Hi guys! In case you didn’t already know, Schmopera has its own Facebook page! Better head over there and like it, and help us get to our next goal of 500 likes. If Facebook isn’t your thang, there’s always time to follow @Schmopera on Twitter. We await social media notifications.

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August 23, 2014 0

Highlands Opera Studio: meet the rest of the cast of Tosca


Buddies after all: the Sacristan (Keith Lam) and his pal, Scarpia (Michael Robert-Broder). In the second of two videos covering the Highlands Opera Studio‘s current production of Tosca, we meet four of the supporting cast (your Angelotti, your Sacristan, your goons). They were kind enough to chat about the trick to learning smaller roles, and…

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