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Experiments in Opera

  • INTERVIEW: Nicole Murphy

    INTERVIEW: Nicole Murphy

    Composer Nicole Murphy has been spending a lot of time with EiO over the last couple of weeks as we prepare her opera ‘Mandela Was Late’ for the upcoming Flash Operas.  As this interview that Jason Cady conducted with her proves, she thinks abou…
    - 4 May 17, 1:41pm -
  • The Space as a Canvas

    The Space as a Canvas

    Artist and Designer Casey Alexander Smith is the scenic designer for our upcoming Flash Operas show at Symphony Space on May 5 and 6, 2017.  Casey comes to this project with a strong sense of how opera plays in our society and how to contextualize…
    - 1 May 17, 10:06am -
  • INTERVIEW: Cristina Lord

    INTERVIEW: Cristina Lord

    Composer Cristina Lord comes to her work with a wide open mind and sensibility.  In this conversation with EiO Co-Founder Jason Cady, she discusses her interest in electronic music, pop songs, and in using text to tell stories.  Her Flash Opera ‘…
    - 1 May 17, 9:53am -
  • Level: Keeping it Experimental

    Level: Keeping it Experimental

    EiO Co-Founder Matthew Welch was sitting in rehearsal this week for our upcoming Flash Operas show at Symphony Space, and getting a chance to see his latest work for EiO, Level, start to come to life.  This blogpost, which explores some of the music…
    - 26 Apr 17, 4:34pm -
  • INTERVIEW: Miguel Frasconi

    INTERVIEW:  Miguel Frasconi

    EiO Artistic Director Jason Cady interviewed Flash Opera composer Miguel Frasconi about his early development as an experimental music innovator and about his approach to adapting ‘Things You Should Know’ by AM Homes for the opera stage.  CADY:…
    - 11 Apr 17, 8:20am -
  • Setting The Voices in Jack Handey’s Head

    Setting The Voices in Jack Handey’s Head

    EiO Co-Founder, Jason Cady, is the composer of ‘The Voices In My Head,’ a Flash Opera based on the short story by Jack Handey.  In this post he discusses the interaction that happens when artists combine their style with the ideas within and bey…
    - 2 Apr 17, 9:09pm -
  • Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers

    Miguel Frasconi’s adapation of ‘Things You Should Know,’ by AM Homes is one of the featured operas on May’s Flash Operas at Symphony Space.   As he sees it, his piece is in the lineage of experimental music stretching back to some of the ver…
    - 27 Mar 17, 12:37pm -
  • Letting Narrative Take the Lead

    Letting Narrative Take the Lead

    EiO Co-founder, Aaron Siegel, has written a new short opera, The Wallet, as part of the upcoming Flash Operas at Symphony Space.  Coming off the recent workshop rehearsals on March 12 and 13, 2017, Aaron reflected on the challenges of adapting a sho…
    - 27 Feb 17, 9:01pm -
  • Depicting Mandela

    Depicting Mandela

    Nicole Murphy is an Australia-based composer and one of the featured artists of our forthcoming Flash Operas Program.  Below are a collection of her thoughts about ‘Mandela Was Late,’ her short work based on the story by Peter Mehlman.   Nicole…
    - 6 Feb 17, 2:18pm -
  • Creating Satire Through Music: Cristina Lord

    Creating Satire Through Music: Cristina Lord

    Cristina Lord is one of the commissioned composers for our upcoming Flash Operas Program at Symphony Space on May 5 and 6.  She has written her Flash Opera based on the story ‘Pledge Drive’ by Patricia Marx.  In advance of our upcoming workshop…
    - 29 Jan 17, 3:17pm -

Great Opera Singers

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    JULES BASTIN, BASSE CHANTANTEBASTIN was born in Waterloo in 1933. He was a Belgian operatic bass who made his debut in 1960 at La Monnaie, singing Charon in L'Orfeo. He appeared at major opera houses throughout Europe, including the Royal Opera House…
    - 4 Oct 15, 1:05pm -
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    Richard Tucker A Rare Live Recording of the Hineni Prayer for Rosh Hashana.This audio file, kindly sent by Steve at Shicoff1, is not on any studio recording  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28nvs1L-ic&feature=em-share_video_user
    - 27 Sep 15, 12:14pm -
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    Eula Beal, Contralto Eula Beal, the well-known American contralto, was born in Riverside California in 1919.  She got her start singing at the Redlands Bowl in local competitions, and attained her reputation in classical music in the 1940’s, larg…
    - 14 Sep 15, 8:22am -
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    The Great Neapolitan Tenor Francesco Albanese                   Francesco Albanese was born in Torre del Greco, Naples, and was a popular lyric tenor, known not only for his work in opera, but as one of the greatest singers of Neapol…
    - 19 Aug 15, 2:41pm -
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    Andrés Huc SantanaByFr. Cornelius Mattei Andrés Huc Santana                There have been at least two substantial 20th century Franco-Argentinian singers; one who was the master, indeed the shaper of the tango, Carlos Gardel, prob…
    - 13 Aug 15, 2:33pm -
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    John Charles Thomas, The Great American BaritoneJohn Charles Thomas was born in 1891 in Meyersdale, Pa., the son of a Methodist minister.  After study for a medical a career, he won a scholarship to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1910.  In 1…
    - 7 Aug 15, 4:34pm -
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                                           WELSH OPERATIC TENOR DAN BEDDOEThe Welsh operatic tenor, Dan Beddoe, was born in Aberdare, Wales, UK on March 16th 1863. He died in December 1937 at the age of 74.A Cincinna…
    - 16 Jul 15, 1:42pm -
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    Jozef Sterkens: Golden Voice of the Royal Flemish Opera Introductory Note[Before I can even begin to tell the story of Jozef Sterkens, I need, first and foremost, to publicly thank Pierre at Jozefsterkens2.com. for his absolutely indispensable  …
    - 3 Jul 15, 1:44pm -
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    Mabel Garrison, Brilliant Coloratura Soprano     Mabel Garrison was born in Baltimore in1886. She finished her undergraduate work in 1903 and went on to study singing at Peabody Conservatory. She studied with George Siemonn and then studied furth…
    - 31 May 15, 11:19am -
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    The Great Marcella Sembrich   Marcella Sembrich  (1858 – 1935) was the stage name of the Polish coloratura soprano, Prakseda Marcelina Kochańska. She was born  in Wisniewczyk, then part of Austria, and now part of Ukraine. She first studied vi…
    - 23 May 15, 4:53pm -

Opera Chic

Opera Obsession

  • Höre ich Zigeunerweisen? Operetta in Ohio

    Höre ich Zigeunerweisen? Operetta in Ohio

    Polish poster for the internationally popular MarizaThis past Thursday, I saw the closing performance of The Countess Maritza at the Ohio Light Opera festival, fortuitously located in my new hometown. (A synopsis of the work, which contains multiple…
    - 42 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 1:15am -
  • Blogging Backlog: Einspringen at SummerStage
    Almost an entire (calendar) season has elapsed since I attended the first in the Met's SummerStage series. I won't weary you, Gentle Readers, with a tale of my travails, but having moved and started a new job, inter alia, I've been fairly comprehensi…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Aug 17, 1:06pm -
  • Sunday Special: Viva il vino spumeggiante

    Sunday Special: Viva il vino spumeggiante

    Opera cocktailI subscribe to John Keats' belief that a recipe for a perfect summer's idyll involves "books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know." And there's something about the long, lan…
    - 11 Jun 17, 9:01pm -
  • Semi-Scholarly Summary: Cyrano de Bergerac

    Semi-Scholarly Summary: Cyrano de Bergerac

    This evening sees the opening of Franco Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Met. It's being marketed as Puccini-like, but the comparison, in my view, over-simplifies the work of both composers. To me, Alfano's Cyrano seems a curious blend of romantic…
    - 3 May 17, 10:30am -
  • Fritz Wunderlich sings Schlager

    Fritz Wunderlich sings Schlager

    The new two-disc collection of Fritz Wunderlich's popular output from the 1950s and '60s is an impressive achievement on several levels. Put out by Naxos in collaboration with Südwest Rundfunk, it's a testimonial to skilled archival work -- in Mainz…
    - 30 Apr 17, 11:21pm -
  • Mir Ist So Wunderbar: Fidelio at the Met

    Mir Ist So Wunderbar: Fidelio at the Met

    Happy families? Müller, Struckmann, Pieczonka in Act IPhoto (c) Ken Howard/Metropolitan OperaIt is well-documented that I love Fidelio. Inconsistently written and dramatically thin it may be, but it is also musically sublime, and its spare lines fee…
    - 8 Apr 17, 10:25am -
  • Carmen in Central PA: Kate Aldrich recital
    Kate Aldrich giving a recital at a small college 3 miles from where I now live struck me as a miracle of the universe, an event against the laws of natural scheduling, a visitation which I was undisposed to question. I regret to say that, despite the…
    - 7 Apr 17, 4:31pm -
  • Reading Round-Up: Beating the Winter Blues
    Winter and my dissertation revisions both seem endless at the moment, so my first Reading Roundup focuses on sensual poetry, superb pianism, and sexy mezzo singing.Definitely the Opera is always worth reading, and the latest piece there explores Lied…
    - 2 Feb 17, 8:42am -
  • Mozart with André Gide

    Mozart with André Gide

    It's almost impossible to say that one time is more apt for another for listening to Mozart. But he may be especially welcome in times of uncertainty, such is the clarity of his music. In his operas, of course, his compassion for and insight into the…
    - 27 Jan 17, 12:36pm -
  • New Year's Resolutions (the Opera Obsession edition)
    In place of my usual end-of-year round-up, I decided to declare New Year's Resolutions for this blog. That I'm only finalizing them now is indicative of how many things I'm juggling at the moment. I'm still in professional limbo and far from an opera…
    - 24 Jan 17, 3:12pm -

Opera Rocks!

Opera Teen

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  • new“Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive”

    “Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive”

    Born on this day in 1927 tenor Alfredo Kraus.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 1:10pm -
  • Py shy

    Py shy

    This black-box recital was an aggressively Gallic affair
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:46pm -
  • Broadcast: Otello

    Broadcast: Otello

    In a classic live performance from more then 50 years ago, Montserrat Caballé is Desdemona to the Otello of James McCracken.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:27pm -
  • Star search

    Star search

    Born on this day in 1907 soprano Jarmila Novotná.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:14pm -
  • The beautiful voice

    The beautiful voice

    Born on this day in 1894 soprano Elisabeth Rethberg.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 4:08pm -
  • Steal me, sweet thieves

    Steal me, sweet thieves

    Ali Baba ou Les Quarantes Voleurs continues straight-tone September with Teresa Stich-Randall as its heroine while Alfredo Kraus scales the heights with another Nadir.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 1:15pm -
  • O Don Magnifico

    O Don Magnifico

    Happy 65th birthday baritone Alessandro Corbelli.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 12:29pm -
  • You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

    You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

    In this Sunday's New York Times, Our Own JJ (not pictured except in spirit) examines why Bellini's Norma should be considered "the Everest of Opera."
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 11:22am -
  • Triumphal Arc

    Triumphal Arc

    Tchaikovsky’s Orleánskaia Djeva (The Maid of Orleans) kicked off Odyssey’s Opera's fifth season
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:32am -
  • “If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful”

    “If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful”

    Happy 83rd birthday actress Sophia Loren.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:09am -

Tiny Doom's Opernpalais

  • Steampunk Opera: Il Trovatore

    Steampunk Opera: Il Trovatore

    Who's looking forward to the July 5th live broadcast out of the Bayerische Staatsoper? This girl right here. Even if unser Jonas is looking rather thin and peaky.
    - 20 Jun 13, 10:31am -
  • Rumpelstiltskin Re-imagined
    My boss asked me to write a play about Rumpelstiltskin for our annual English Summer Camp. Personally, I can't stand the story, so I reinvented it a little to make it less awful. It made me giggle, so I'm posting it here.The Adventures of Lala and he…
    - 19 Jun 13, 1:43pm -
  • In the Cards: "The Stockholm Octavo"

    In the Cards: "The Stockholm Octavo"

    The assassination of Sweden's Gustav III may be one of the more outrageous events of the turbulent 1790s, but it usually falls into shadow when compared to the execution of France's Louis XVI less than one year later. Indeed, outside of the realm of…
    - 29 May 13, 1:33pm -
  • Silent movies at the opera: Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin

    Silent movies at the opera: Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin

    It is not every day that you go to the opera and experience roughly two hours of singers hooked to a blank wall, but that is exactly what was on the menu last Saturday night at the Komische Oper here in Berlin. And it was awesome.Stagings of Die Zaub…
    - 27 May 13, 3:09pm -
  • Same scene, two versions
    I'm currently doing re-writes of the last third of my Fidelio novel. I'm currently playing around with a very tricky scene at the climax of the story: the rescue. Here's a small segment.Version 1: Pizarro leaped at them again, knife raised, and…
    - 10 May 13, 10:55am -
  • Let them eat cake

    Let them eat cake

    Something magical is happening in Brandenburg right now. The air is suddenly, for the first time in months, warm and sweet-smelling, the sky is marbled blue and white, the trees are beginning to show blossoms and buds. At work today I was able to sit…
    - 17 Apr 13, 4:21pm -
  • I got an award!

    I got an award!

    And no, it's not that of "Queen of Lamest Blog Titles Ever". I only came in second for that. The ever fabulous Raisa nominated me for a Blogger Award, which is very cool of her. There's a rule attached: tell my readers 7 non-operatic things they may…
    - 8 Apr 13, 2:42pm -
  • Is it spring yet?

    Is it spring yet?

    Not in Berlin, it's not. I'm beginning to think that it's never going to be warm again...
    - 3 Apr 13, 6:28am -
  • Questions and Answers with Massimo Giordano

    Questions and Answers with Massimo Giordano

    Occasionally in life, something so random and cool happens that it completely throws you for a loop. In my case, this happened two weeks ago (right on the eve of the worst Death Cold I've had in ages), when Massimo Giordano himself sent me a message…
    - 18 Mar 13, 6:43am -
  • Dienen! Dienen! Parsifal in HD

    Dienen! Dienen! Parsifal in HD

    After weeks of excited waiting, I finally saw the Met broadcast of Parsifal last night. What an opera! I think the last time I was so affected by an opera, it was Fidelio, and we all know how that turned out. But in this case, it wasn't so much the m…
    - 3 Mar 13, 1:19pm -
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