Ethan Morden's excellent book, Opera Anecdotes" has many stories about opera singers. One of the funniest sections is the one on Olive Fremstad, a great Wagnerian who sang the roles of Brünnhilde, Venus, Elsa, Kundry and Isolde at the turn of the 20th Century:
"The daughter of a stern Methodist, Fremstad often looked at the world - and art - from the vantage of fundamentalist "witness." Once she (Fremstad) said, "I consider the whole opera Parsifal to be just an elaborate revival meeting."
Posted on October 9, 2014
In this week's New Yorker magazine (see attachment)....
"We're speeding up the game by replacing the seventh inning with the "Ring Cycle."
Posted October 5, 2014
SFO General Director David Gockley wraps up a 44-year career as opera impresario.
Posted on October 2, 2014
Joyce DiDonato sings bel canto rarities to launch her new album Stella di Napoli.
Possted on September 29, 2014
Free masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Posted September 26, 2014
In 2014/15, the Bayerische Staatsoper is presenting its third season of selected performances as live streams free of
charge online with STAATSOPER.TV.
These will also include all the new productions by the General Music Director Kirill
Petrenko. Classical music fans from all over the world can thus follow seven
evenings of opera and two of ballet at the full length, live from Munich. The
first broadcast, on 5 October 2014, will be the audio-visual transmission of
September 23, 2013
It was well publicized that Katharina Wagner has signed a 5 year extension of her contract to head the Bayreuth Festival through 2020. The new managing director Heinz-Dieter Sense has signed on to continue in his position through 2016. Eva Wagner-Pasquier leaves the Festival in 2015.
Posted September 23, 2014
The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, founded at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will hold it's first symposium November 6-10 in San Francisco. The events take place in numerous locations and several are imbeded in performances being held at the Symphony, Opera, Philharmonia Baroque and Cal Performances.
Posted on September 20, 2014
Ben Heppner: "I'm really enjoying my time on CBC Radio as host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner." He can be heard every Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm EST, CBC Radio 2, Toronto, Canada: