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Offline Cato

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Re: General Opera News: Mini-Operas
« Reply #620 on: January 24, 2014, 04:45:12 PM »
From the Wall Street Journal:

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New York: The second annual Prototype Festival, a 12-day exploration of contemporary opera and music theater produced by Beth Morrison Projects and the arts center HERE, was even more ambitious than last year's inaugural event. With seven presentations, including four fully staged chamber operas that are designed to tour, Prototype hopes to encourage presenters to bring projects by new and unusual creators to their own theaters...

I admired "Paul's Case," a taut, hallucinatory drama, based on a Willa Cather short story, by Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat...

Also strong was "Have a Good Day!" by Lina Lapelytė and Vaiva Grainytė, a production from Operomanija in Vilnius, Lithuania, which imagines the inner lives of cashiers at a Lithuanian version of Walmart. .... Sometimes the other women back up the soloists in rhythmic syllables, creating folklike harmonies or vivid minimalist textures that evoke the swirl of everyday life—banality transformed into art. The occasional noodling piano part is perfunctory: It is the virtuosic voices that count here. The opera is witty and poignant, never lapsing into condescension or agitprop. 

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304302704579332502491713142?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304302704579332502491713142.html
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Re: General Opera News
« Reply #621 on: January 27, 2014, 06:56:14 AM »
For those looking for the greatest opera of 2013.... well, don't look here:

A "weird" and "tedious" opera put together by three composers:

As reviewed by Heidi Waleson:

See:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304858104579262263065673006?cb=logged0.1296555924572511



Ah, well.  It is well that I read that ;)
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Re: General Opera News: Weinberg's Opera
« Reply #622 on: January 30, 2014, 04:31:38 AM »
Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger: a rave review from the Wall Street Journal's Heidi Waleson.

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Conductor Patrick Summers shaped the evening with enormous care, building dramatic tension but also allowing the long, meditative scenes in the women's barracks to unfold naturally. Weinberg's vivid musical language is accessible and precise, grotesque or wrenching as the moment demands. Violently pounding drums and brass suggest Dmitri Shostakovich ; a mere shimmer of wispy, haunting strings, Benjamin Britten. The orchestration always left space for the voices and amplified their meaning, as in the brief instrumental chorale that echoed Bronka's prayer, or the percussion that smashed into the prisoners' reveries along with the guards. The chorus was a key player with its refrain about the "pitch black wall of death." Soft and insinuating in Act I, it was a memory working its way into Liese's head; in Act II, the refrain became a dead march with a tolling bell.

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304007504579348631567426454?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6
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Re: General Opera News
« Reply #624 on: July 20, 2014, 02:20:31 PM »
This might not be the proper place, but I just stumbled over it: in a few hours, German/French tv channel arte will repeat an Offenbach programme w/Minkowski, featuring Sabine Devieilhe among others:
http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/048428-002/florilege-offenbach

Seems to be the fifth (and last) repetition of this concert recording - set my recorder (can't make copies there, alas, it's view and delete again only)
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Re: General Opera News
« Reply #625 on: September 08, 2014, 08:02:47 AM »
Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died today in Milan, aged 104.

(ANSA) - MILANO, 8 SET - E' morta all'istituto Auxologico di Milano il soprano Magda Olivero. Classe 1910, aveva debuttato negli anni Trenta. Alla fine degli anni Cinquanta aveva anche partecipato alla trasmissione televisiva Il Musichiere, una delle tappe di una lunghissima carriera che la portò a debuttare al Metropolitan con Tosca nel 1975, a sessantacinque anni. Nel 2008 fu premiata dal presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano.

http://www.ansa.it/lombardia/notizie/2014/09/08/morta-a-104-anni-soprano-magda-olivero_390d13eb-3c44-4425-80d6-90cdbc4809cf.html

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