Schmopera

Opera from another angle

Recent Posts

  • Highlands Opera Studio: Meet the cast of Tosca
  • In Review: Love in the Age of AutoCorrect
  • Odd Opera on YouTube: Anna and Erwin
  • Pianist’s Plights and Opera Fights
  • Opera Memes, Act II
August 22, 2014 0

Highlands Opera Studio: Meet the cast of Tosca

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Pianist Andrea Grant gets some TLC from Spoletta (Conrad Siebert). I took a trip up to Haliburton, ON, to hang out with the folks at Highlands Opera Studio. The summer opera program is putting up Tosca, beginning August 22nd, and I had the chance to speak with the singers. In the first of two videos about…

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August 22, 2014 0

In Review: Love in the Age of AutoCorrect

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Last night I went to the opening of Loose TEA Music Theatre‘s new production, Love in the Age of AutoCorrect. It was a double bill of updated takes on Stravinsky’s Mavra and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, this time entitled Andrew and Andrea. It was out on the pretty terrace of Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, with a friendly-looking bar to create…

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August 20, 2014 0

Odd Opera on YouTube: Anna and Erwin

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Hey guys, wanna see something slightly awkward? Here’s Erwin Schrott and Anna Netrebko singing “Bess, you is my woman now” from Porgy and Bess. Good singing, and totally worth the click to hear Anna saying “I is, I is.” But, oh man. So weird.  

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August 20, 2014 0

Pianist’s Plights and Opera Fights

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For any of those brave pianists who dive into operatic repertoire, there’s an acute awareness of playing music that’s specifically not written for the piano. While some singers revel in how beautifully Verdi or Mozart or Strauss wrote for the voice, the pianist is, at that same moment, experiencing how poorly that same music feels under…

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August 19, 2014 0

Opera Memes, Act II

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A while back, I got impatient with a bunch of opera memes that were circulating around the Internet. It has happened again, partly thanks to the Opera Memes Facebook page. Here we go, for Act II of the Opera Memes Deconstruction: 1. The non-sequitur buzzword-gripe meme:   Firstly, I had to Google Repo! The Genetic Opera….

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August 19, 2014 1

r/opera’s jackpot post

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There is a dude out there on the Internet who has gotten the opera bug. Great news, we all say! Good choice, sir. Even better, the budding operaphile is reaching out via r/opera, asking how to get a proper introduction to opera. His post is titled, “Help a noob expand his opera horizons”, and he asks,…

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August 18, 2014 0

Bryn Terfel’s little real-life opera

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If you’re around my age and you’re into opera, you probably have some sort of crush on Bryn Terfel. The dashing baritone (and my favourite Don Giovanni) is in the spotlight a bit more these days since the news came out that he’s dating Hannah Stone, a harpist about 20 years his junior. Bryn and…

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August 18, 2014 0

Rufus Wainwright really wants to record Prima Donna

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Rufus Wainwright, dressed as Verdi. Photo: Howard Barlow Rufus Wainwright is eager to make a studio recording of his first opera, Prima Donna, and the only thing stopping him is money. Rufus has yet to find a financial backer for the project, so he has turned to crowdfunding to find the cash on his own. He has…

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August 15, 2014 0

Carmen, Don Juan, and gender reversal: pants roles indeed

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Earlier this summer I was listening to the brilliant Graham Forst (husband of the formidable Judith Forst) give a talk on the history of the Don Juan character. He was talking about how Don Juan comes from the concept of Dionysus or Bacchus, these figures of indulgences that sound so fun. Graham was trying to…

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August 13, 2014 0

See? You do need opera to survive

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Last week, Kyra Kopenstonsky was hiking in Colorado and bumped into a mountain lion. It stalked her for about twenty minutes, after which Kyra employed a last resort: singing opera. That’s right, after waving branches to make herself look bigger, the mountain lion wasn’t fazed; and so she went for louder. “I just started singing opera…

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