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  • Sexual harassment in opera

    02/21/2018 11:41:02 AM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Angela Rocco DeCarlo
    Opera has it all. Love. Murder. Rape. And most fascinating, in the case of Puccini’s “Tosca” a peek into the rapist’s thinking. In fact, he tells all. In church. Every day headlines tout another soldier in the vast army of rapacious men advancing sexually on some hapless woman. Normal, nice people, cannot help wonder: “What was he thinking?” Well, Giacomo Puccini’s 1900 masterpiece, “Tosca,” lavishly displays such devilish desires. “Tosca” is a passionate love story interfaced with political intrigue. In fact, the plot hinges on villain Baron Scarpia’s botched rape of Floria Tosca, the brave heroine of the story, madly...
  • 110th Anniversary of the First Muslim Opera Marked

    01/27/2018 10:50:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    AZERNEWS ^ | 26 January 2018 | Aygul Salmanova
    State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan hosted a remarkable event dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the opera "Leyli and Majnun", composed by great national composer Uzeyir Hajibayli. "Leyli and Majnun" is Azerbaijan’s first national opera written by the classic of musical culture Uzeyir Hajibeyli in 1907. This opera is not only the country’s first opera, but also the first opera of the entire Muslim East. For the first time the opera was staged in the theater of the Azerbaijani oil-industrialist Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev in Baku on January 12, 1908. This work is considered the pearl of Azerbaijani culture....
  • AP Exclusive: Famed conductor accused of sexual misconduct [Charles Dutoit] [ed]

    12/21/2017 9:07:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2017 | Joceyln Gecker
    Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.
  • Legendary opera conductor molested teen for years: police report

    12/03/2017 8:30:50 AM PST · by bkopto · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/2/2017 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested an Illinois teenager from the time he was 15 years old, sexual abuse that lasted for years and led the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, according to a police report obtained by The Post. The alleged victim came forward to the Lake Forest, Ill. Police Department in October 2016 to detail the molestation, including times when Levine would masturbate in front of him and kiss his p*n*s, according to the report. The alleged victim informed a former Met Opera board member of the alleged abuse in 2016 and she alerted the...
  • Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dead at 55

    11/27/2017 11:18:43 AM PST · by left that other site · 27 replies
    Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone known for his velvety voice, dashing looks and shock of flowing white hair, died Wednesday at a hospice near his home in London, a few years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was 55...
  • A Chance To Watch The Divine Opera 'Carmen' At Your Local Cinema

    07/06/2017 3:34:00 PM PDT · by Logicbox · 7 replies
    Britznbeatz ^ | July 6, 2017 | Music News Team
    CinemaLive have announced their partnership with C-Major Entertainment to bring Carmen, the most beautiful opera by Georges Bizet, which will be filmed on the Lake in Bregenz, Austria and transmitted to 300 UK cinemas on Thursday 14th September. Seebühne (floating stage) is set on the water near the shores of Lake Constance in Austria and has a 7,000 seat open-air amphitheatre. The set has been designed by British artist Es Devlin who has designed sets for Adele, U2, Take That and Kanye West.
  • Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, is dead at 75

    06/14/2017 10:31:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 13, 2017 | John von Rhein
    Dr. Philip Gossett, a retired music scholar and professor of music at the University of Chicago who was considered one of the world's foremost experts on 19th-century Italian opera, died Monday at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. He was 75. The cause of death was progressive supernuclear palsy, a rare degenerative disease, according to his son, Jeffrey. Gossett was widely respected as an authority on the operas of Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi, having served as general editor of the collected Rossini works and coordinating editor of the collected Verdi works. The latter edition was published by the...
  • The Source (Chelsea Manning opera)

    03/03/2017 7:21:03 AM PST · by rey · 2 replies
    SF Opera ^ | 3 Mar 2017
    Within a fever-dream assemblage of Twitter feeds, news reports, declassified video and court testimonies, four singers expose the media hysteria surrounding Chelsea Manning, who infamously leaked hundreds of classified documents. Named one of the best classical music recordings of 2015 by The New York Times, this powerful work grapples with how we as individuals and a nation can confront the information Manning exposed.
  • French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92

    01/04/2017 11:58:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 4, 2017 | Agence France Presse
    French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
  • Metropolitan Opera Cancels Performance After White Substance Is Tossed Into Orchestra Pit

    10/29/2016 6:10:17 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 29, 2016 | MICHAEL COOPER and CHRISTOPHER MELE
    An audience member at the Metropolitan Opera threw a white powdery substance into the orchestra pit on Saturday during an intermission of the afternoon performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell,” officials said, prompting the company to cancel the rest of the show and that night’s performance of “L’Italiana in Algeri” while the police investigated.
  • Musical 'Aida' cancelled at Bristol University amid race row over 'cultural appropriation'

    10/05/2016 6:10:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 4, 2016 | Sam Dean and Tom Morgan
    It is a story of war between two nations, the conflict of love rivals and the looming fate of death. But the antagonistic themes of Aida seem to have spilled into the wings after a student production of the musical Aida was cancelled amid a row over suggestions of “cultural appropriation”. A theatre at the University of Bristol said yesterday it had cancelled all showings after a revolt by students.
  • Sacla’ Stage a Surprise Opera in a School Lunch Hall

    08/08/2016 11:44:47 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 6 replies ^ | Jun 15, 2015 | n/a
    Sacla' the Pesto Pioneers and Italian foodies favourite, served up a great surprise at a Buckinghamshire primary school and staged an impromptu Opera in the canteen one lunch time. Afternoon delight Magnificent sounds at the link
  • Maxthon Browser Sends Sensitive Data to China (!)

    07/14/2016 9:33:55 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    SecurityWeek ^ | July 14, 2016 | Eduard Kovacs
    ... Developed by China-based Maxthon International, the browser is available for all major platforms in more than 50 languages. In 2013, after the NSA surveillance scandal broke, the company boasted about its focus on privacy and security, and the use of strong encryption. Researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and Poland-based Exatel recently found that Maxthon regularly sends a file named to a server in Beijing, China, via HTTP. Further analysis revealed that contains an encrypted file named dat.txt. This file stores information on the operating system, CPU, ad blocker status, homepage URL, websites visited by the user (including online...
  • Le Wrath di Khan | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim (Star Trek II: the opera)

    06/07/2016 9:50:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 7, 2009 | Adult Swim
    Star Trek II: the opera.
  • Phyllis Curtin, American Soprano Who Championed New Music, Dies at 94

    06/07/2016 8:04:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Margalit Fox
    Phyllis Curtin, an American soprano celebrated as a champion of new music, died on Sunday at her home in Great Barrington, Mass. She was 94... A mainstay of the New York City Opera in the 1950s and ’60s, Ms. Curtin was noted for the purity of her voice, the sensitivity of her musical phrasing and the crystalline perfection of her diction. On the opera stage and in recital, she gave the premieres of dozens of works by 20th-century composers — “more first, and last, performances than any singer in history,” as she was fond of saying, ruefully...
  • Tonight's Divertisment

    04/16/2016 4:58:03 PM PDT · by left that other site · 26 replies
    You Tube | 4/16/16 | left that other site
    Good Evening, everybody! Here is tonight's Classical foray into fantasy to get opur minds off politics for a few minutes. Before You Tube, it was nearly impossible to find the full version of The Polovetsian Dances, with the singing, the dancing, the costumes, and the fun. Here You Go!
  • Piccinni La Cecchina Sinfonia

    01/15/2016 6:18:43 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Niccolo Piccinni
    Piccinni La Cecchina Sinfonia
  • Auditions at Brookfield's Wilson Center may take singers to the Met (WI)

    10/08/2015 9:32:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Brookfield NOW ^ | 10-8-15 | Andrea Budde
    Music has the ability to take you places; to move you and inspire you. For participants in the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, it is more than an opportunity to showcase their pipes; it can be an opportunity to gain attention within the ever-competitive singing arena. The Wisconsin District auditions co-director, Kathy Pyeatt, explained that the Wisconsin auditions are just the first step in the nationwide audition process. "The National Council started over 60 years ago as an offshoot of the Metropolitan Opera (in New York) to find talent for them," she said. Shortly thereafter, the council began...
  • Met’s Otello casting begs the question: Is whitewash better than blackface?

    08/08/2015 1:59:35 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | August 7, 2015 | Aria Umezawa
    In a move that many would consider basic human decency, the Metropolitan Opera in New York has decided to break from tradition, and forgo the use of blackface in its upcoming production of Verdi’s Otello (based on Shakespeare’s Othello). The decision, which should have been a no-brainer, has been met with resounding positivity and a general sense of self-congratulation. Met general manager Peter Gelb is quoted as saying, “I realize it’s a sensitive issue. We feel that it’s the appropriate direction for this production and we’re happy with that decision. Quite frankly, [director Bartlett Sher] and I have talked about...
  • Jon Vickers, Opera Star Known for His Raw Power and Intensity, Dies at 88

    07/13/2015 12:02:25 PM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies
    The Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, who brought a colossal voice and raw dramatic intensity to everything he sang, including legendary portrayals of Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello, Beethoven’s Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes, died on Friday in Ontario, Canada. He was 88. The Royal Opera House in London posted a statement from the Vickers family saying the cause was Alzheimer’s disease. From his early teens, when his robust singing in his family church in Saskatchewan was the talk of the congregation (parishioners remember his final high note in the hymn “Jerusalem” almost rattling the windows), until his fledgling appearances in the...