Why did they do it THAT Way?

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ECCO Yosemite is now enrolling for next season's Opera at Oakhurst Presentation. Professor Simon Williams will lead a 4-day presentation devoted to studying and discussing opera production. There were rave reports from several WSNC members who attended the ECCO 2014 session on French Opera. The ECCO center is located just 12 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park and sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet.

The 2015 dates are Friday April 17 (program kicks off with lunch) through Monday April 20th (program ends with lunch) For a brochure you can visit the ECCO website

Location

Evergreen Conference Center
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
United States

Wagner Bio Movie (1955) on Youtube

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Posted on September 7, 2014

The greatly fictionalized film made extensive use of Wagner's actual music arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold who also appears as Hans Richter.  It was a box office failure.  The entire movie can be viewed on youtube until the DVD is released.

Listen to the SFO Flying Dutchman On-Demand

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Posted on September 7, 2014

The WFMT Radio Network presents the SFO Flying Dutchman with Greer Grimsley (Honorary Member of WSNC) and Lise Lindstrom.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/127964-sfo-14-03-the-flying-dutchman-by-richar...

Two Enthralling BBC Proms: Strauss' Salome and Elektra

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Posted on September 7, 2014

Both performances from the Royal Albert Hall can be heard on-demand for the next three weeks:

Franz Welser-Möst Quits Vienna Opera at the Beginning of the Season

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Posted on September 6, 2014

Welser-Möst first performed at Vienna State Opera in 1987 as a replacement for conductor Claudio Abbado.  Prior to his appointment as general music director in 2007, he conducted a new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. 

Been There, Done That...

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Posted on September 2, 2012

To Leave or Not to Leave?  In his New York Times article on August 28, 2014, William Grimes explains the reasons why spectators choose to leave a performance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/arts/spectators-walk-out-of-a-show-for-many-reasons.html

We're not making this up!

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Posted Sept 2, 2014

Saturday September 13, 6:30 p.m. West Edge Opera will hold an event entitled "Opera Off the Deep End". This is annual event is a light-hearted comedy evening, however this year there is a truly unique treat.The evening's entertainment includes a reprise of Marie Plette's HILARIOUS re-creation of Anna Russell's famous telling of Wagner's Ring Saga.

Location

St. Alban's Church
1501 Washington St
Albany, California
United States

Met Opera and Union Update - III

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Posted on August 29, 2014

The Met Opera's Show Goes on, For Now....Apocalyse Later

Hand me my cape, and my bonus!
Terry Teachout of the WSJ reveals‎ some of the bargaining points which led to the Met contract agreements.

Work rules remain unchanged‎ in the Met contracts which call for pay cuts now and financial transparency in exchange for "profit sharing" from the endowment income and delayed pay increases.

Operalia Finals - Live on Saturday from Los Angeles

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Posted August 28, 2014

Placido Domingo's Operalia Final Round will be webcast live from Los Angeles on Saturday August 30th at 7:00 PDT. The final competition will be webcast live on Medici.tv. Among this year's finalists is 2012 Merola participant, tenor Yi Li. Past Operalia winners include: Rolando Villazon, Joyce Di Donato, Erwin Schrott, Elizabeth Futral, Ana Maria Martinez, Nina Stemme, Susanna Phillips and Jose Cura.