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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week of July 20 - July 27, 2017

Met HD Summer Schedule Encores --
The last one this summer

Wednesdays, 7:00PM

Wednesday, JULY 19
And in case you're not all Carmen'd out, herewith the last rose of summer...

She's back!

A production of Bizet's "Carmen," starring Elina Garanca in the title role, a Gypsy girl; and Roberto Alagna as Don Jose, the soldier who becomes obsessed with her.

Duration: 180 min.
Watch an interview of Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna by Renee Fleming:

Carmen: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Elina Garanca) 

(Three locations in this area: Warwick Showcase Cinemas ; Legacy Place Showcase Cinemas, Dedham; Swansea Cinema 12)

This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE:  (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)  
Great Performances at the Met

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 23, 2017, 3:00am
Monday, July 25, 2017, 12:00am

Verdi's "Macbeth" stars baritone Zeljko Lucic as Lord Macbeth and soprano Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Length: 180 


In the next coming days, two of Rossini's serious operas can be heard on internet radio, beginning with tomorrow's LIVE performance from this summer's Bregenz Festival of his "Mose in Egitto" (premiered in 1818). This one can be heard on ORF (Austria).

Then on Saturday, German Radio will be bringing us a delayed broadcast from Bad Wildbad of "Maometto II" in its original 1820 version. Interestingly enough, this one was later revised by Rossini himself and became "The Siege of Corinth" when performed in Paris, whereas the aforementioned "Mose in Egitto" later became "Moise & Pharaon." In any case, while many musicians (conductor Riccardo Muti, for one) prefer the later French-language revisions, there are those who prefer the earlier versions, i.e. those being performed and broadcast this week.

Radio 3 (RAI) has two operas coming up, the first of these being on Saturday with a LIVE broadcast from Munich of Weber's final opera "Oberon." Despite the rather misleading title (since the plot here has nothing to do with the goings-on in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"), the music of this opera contains some of Weber's finest, and fans of this work will, no doubt, be looking forward to the upcoming video-stream on July 30 with the same cast.

The other offering on RAI will take place on Tuesday (July 25), as the series of broadcasts from this summer's Bayreuth Festival is launched with a performance of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger."

More Wagner is on tap when, on Saturday, NPR brings us a February 2015 performance from Lyric Opera of Chicago of "Tannhauser." The (relatively) recently deceased tenor Johan Botha takes on the title role, as he did many times in his illustrious career.

And for those of you who may relish the prospect of hearing an opera by Umberto Giordano which is NOT either "Andrea Chenier" or "Fedora," you'll get your chance on Saturday when French Radio broadcasts a LIVE performance from Montpellier of this composer's 1903 opera "Siberia" which, interestingly enough, was highly praised by composer Gabriel Faure during the time of its early performances.




Who Should Receive the Next Kennedy Center Honors?
If he had a say, Fred Plotkin would choose these artists for recognition at the Kennedy Center Honors. Jul 17, 2017

Peter Sellars in "Dr. Strangelove; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

It’s The Bomb, Opera Lovers
Fred Plotkin reflects on the bomb, in life and in art. Jul 12, 2017

News from Around the World of Music

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Countertenor
Watch the The New York Times’ Facebook Live with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who will be singing the title role of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in the opera’s 2019 Met premiere. 

Review: A Baroque Opera Muddies Lines Between Him and Her

Anthony Roth Costanzo Exists to Transform Opera

Anthony Roth Costanzo Buffs Up and Bares All at EN

Anthony Roth Costanzo as "Akhnaten"


A Beatific Gesture: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

Creating A Festival – Jonathon Loy On the Growth of Berkshire Opera Festival

Surround Sound? You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet

When Women Won’t Accept Theatrical Manspreading

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

Nelsons Turns Tanglewood into Bayreuth-in-the-Berkshires

In These Orchestras, Youth Meets Musical Beauty

A Dazzling Chinese Singer’s Riveting Song Cycle

As Trump Tries to Revive Coal, a Composer Confronts Mining’s Past

Smells like teen spirit: The pieces that cemented Mozart’s reputation as a childhood prodigy
At the age when most of us are studying at school, Mozart was travelling around Europe performing, teaching and composing operas.

Writing Operatic History – Librettist Mark Campbell on Creating Operas About Steve Jobs, Georgia O’Keeffe, & Murderers

Kate Aldrich & Joan of Arc Headline Boston Odyssey’s 2017-18 Season

Wexford Opera Announces ShortWorks Slate 2017, Which Includes James Joyce Adaptation

Vesselina Kasarova

4 Of Vesselina Kasarova’s Iconic Roles

Opera Parallèle’s 2017-18 Season to Feature Leonard Bernstein, Rachel Portman and Jake Heggie

Opera Profile: An Introduction to Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’

Prague Summer Nights Festival 2017: From Tabor to Prague to Salzburg

Q&A: Artistic Director John Nardolillo On Working with Young Singers & Mozart At Prague Summer Nights

Dog Wanders Onstage as Orchestra Plays, Wins Hearts Everywhere

Weird Classical: Satie's Quirky Relationship with Painter Suzanne Valadon
In which two talented artist-types find brief, but oh-so-strange, love. Jul 19, 2017

Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts? The Answer Might Surprise You
Jennifer Gersten writes about the history of gut strings for instruments. Jul 17, 2017

Full Orchestra Performs at LA's 'Game of Thrones' Premiere
Partygoers at the "Game of Thrones" premiere in Los Angeles were treated to a surprise performance by an orchestra and Ramin Djawadi. Jul 18, 2017

A Few of Our Favorite 'Game of Thrones' Covers
Return to Westeros with these tunes a-buzz in your ears. Jul 14, 2017


9 Concert Bloopers That Still Have Us Laughing
It's OK. We all have bad days. Jul 14, 2017

Composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Jack of All Trades and Master of All of Them
Joseph Boulogne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was a standout athlete, composer, violinist and colonel in the French revolution. Let's listen to his music. Jul 14, 2017

Why Is It So Hard to Find Saxophones in the Concert Hall?
Adolphe Sax imagined his instrument to be the pride of concert halls, but we don't even think twice when (or if) we notice they aren't on the stage. Jul 12, 2017

Classic Sesame Street - Saxophone Factory

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance
He gets down — way down. If only every travel experience could be like this. Jul 11, 2017




Met Opera Chorus in "Turandot"

The Metropolitan Opera Announces Chorus Auditions for the 2018–19 Season

The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus offer unique and rewarding career opportunities for highly qualified performers. Classically trained professional singers who have been invited to audition should be prepared to sing two operatic arias in different languages from memory. Selections should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to sing lyrically. An accompanist will be provided.

All applicants will be considered for Full Time (Regular) and Extra Chorus positions.

Applicants shall submit via email addressed to ChorusAuditions@metopera.org the following materials:

a cover letter requesting an audition; please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd audition session preference from the dates below; any union affiliation should be also be listed
a current one-page resume, including a photo/head-shot
an audio clip (MP3 file, no larger than 10 MB) of an operatic aria (no youtube clips or links)
a list of no more than 5 operatic arias, two of which will be selected as your audition pieces
PDF or JPEG copy of current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States.
Auditions will be granted by invitation only, and will be held at the following times:

Session #1       Tuesday, October 31st, 2017       1:45pm to 4:45pm

Session #2       Friday, November 3rd, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #3       Wednesday, November 15th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #4       Friday, November 17th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Applications must be received on or before 12 midnight EST, Friday, September 1st, 2017.  Submissions received after this date, regardless of postmark or email transmission time, will not be considered.

Only applicants with current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States will be granted an audition.

Any singer who is offered employment and is not already a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) will be required to join AGMA.

All applicants will be notified as to whether an audition has been granted. No audition comments will be shared with the applicant.

Similar information about the auditions may be found by contacting the following:

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway 14th Floor
New York, NY  10018
(212) 265-3687

The Metropolitan Opera
Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master
Steven Losito, Chorus Administrator
Daniel Hoy, Incoming Chorus Administrator effective July 31st, 2017
Lincoln Center
New York, NY  10023

The Metropolitan Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer

JULY 22, Saturday at 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Summer Dance Intensive Free Performance at WaterFire

Public · Hosted by Festival Ballet Providence and WaterFire Providence

The Met Saturday afternoon
 radio broadcast is on hiatus until December

but you can hear operas from the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and other operas around the world at 
1:00PM on WQXR

Go to:  http://www.wqxr.org/streams

Then click on 

WQXR 105.9 FM


Mitch McConnell (R-TN), Senate Majority Leader