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Showing posts from December, 2011

The Opera Orchestra of New York: Rienzi at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday 29 January 2012

Tenor Ian Storey stars in the title role with soprano Elisabete Matos as Irene and mezzo-soprano Geraldine Chauvet in her US debut as Adriano. Music Director Laureate and Opera Orchestra of New York founder Eve Queler conducts The Opera Orchestra of New York continues its 41st season with an opera-in-concert performance of Wagner’s Rienzi conducted by Music Director Laureate, Eve Queler at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.  The opera, based on the life of Cola di Rienz (1313–1354), the Italian medieval politician and popular leader of the Roman people whose goal was to transform society by raising the power of the people, stars tenor Ian Storey in the title role, with soprano Elisabete Matos as Irene and mezzo-soprano Geraldine Chauvet in her US debut as Adriano.  All three artists will be making their Opera Orchestra of New York debuts. Single ti

A "Wagner scene" in Curb your Enthusiasm

A funny "Wagner scene" from Larry David's Curb your Enthusiasm.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Sellars and Bill Viola’s Tristan und Isolde at Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival will be bringing Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde to Helsinki’s new Music Centre on 18 and 21 August 2012. This truly unique and sumptuously visual production of the classic work, a collaboration between conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, director Peter Sellars and video artist Bill Viola, will expand beyond the confines of the stage to take over the entire concert hall. Salonen will be conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and joined by an impressive roster of soloists, including Gary Lehman, Violeta Urmana, Matti Salminen and Jukka Rasilainen. Tickets will go on sale through Lippupalvelu on 15 December 2011 at 9 am. Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant works in musical history. The Helsinki Festival production draws on the possibilities afforded by media art and set design to bring new perspectives to this much-performed classic. The American video art pioneer Bill Viola’s breathtaking imag

Seth Godin on the music industry

Seth Godin talks about the music industry not understanding the customers. Do you agree with him? Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. Godin’s second book, Unleashing the Ideavirus, is the most popular e-book ever published, and in 2003, his book Purple Cow was the #1 best-selling marketing book on Amazon. His other works include The Big Red Fez, Survival Is Not Enough, Free Prize Inside, All Marketers Are Liars, The Big Moo, Small is the New Big, and Meatball Sundae. His recent release, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, became an instant best-seller, and his 2010 Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? inspires audiences to overcome the resistance that holds them back from becoming an indispensable asset to any organization. Seth Godin's Homepage

Marek Janowski's Wagner Cycle Continues

The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra ’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle will reach its peak in the 2012-2013 season with the “Ring of the Nibelung” tetralogy. Season 2011 | 2012 Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 6 pm Tristan and Isolde Saturday, May 5, 2012 | 6 pm Tannhäuser and the Singing Contest on the Wartburg FOLLOWING SEASONS   –   WAGNER CYCLE Thursday, November 22, 2012 | 8 pm Ring of the Nibelung, The Rhinegold Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 6 pm Ring of the Nibelung, The Valkyrie Saturday, March 1, 2013 | 6 pm Ring of the Nibelung, Siegfried Sunday, March 15 2013 | 6 pm Ring of the Nibelung, Twilight of the Gods Crimes of love They all do it, from Senta and Elsa, Elisabeth and Isolde, Sieglinde and Brünhilde to Venus, Ortrud, Gutrune and Kundry: They break taboos, stretch the limits, breach well-nigh sacrosanct conventions. But they must commit these crimes, offering themselves up in the name of love and forsaking their very