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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky exiting as a champion of arts
By Mark SwedLA TimesTuesday, July 29, 2014
The five-term supervisor, who will leave office at the end of year because of term limits, has been singularly fearless among U.S. politicians as an arts advocate.
SlateTuesday, July 29, 2014
Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand?
Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand?
By Lauren AckermanSlateTuesday, July 29, 2014
High, squeaky notes. Screeching soprano solos. Unintelligible opera divas. There are a slew of stereotypes for how soprano voices sound at the top of their range. Even exceptionally talented singers struggle to be understood when singing high notes. Is it just a matter of technique, or is there something else going on? As it turns out, soprano voices are limited more by physics than by skill, and here's why:
The Wall Street JournalTuesday, July 29, 2014
Metropolitan Opera Talks Restart as Lockout Looms
Metropolitan Opera Talks Restart as Lockout Looms
By Jennifer MaloneyThe Wall Street JournalTuesday, July 29, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera singers union resumed contract talks on Monday after a two-month hiatus, but union officials said they had little hope of reaching an agreement before a threatened lockout.
Artbound Wins L.A. Area Emmy for "Invisible Cities" Documentary
By StaffKCET.orgTuesday, July 29, 2014
On Saturday July 26, KCET's Artbound was awarded an L.A.-Area Emmy Award for Entertainment Programming for the documentary Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones, a one-hour special episode tracing the creation and performance of The Industry's avant-garde opera Invisible Cities.
'Ride of The Valkyries' in Film and Television: Wagner's Proud (and Sometimes Shameful) Guest Spots
By StaffMusic TimesMonday, July 28, 2014
The Bayreuth Opera Festival in Germany might have gotten off to a rough start, so Music Times figured it would try to help by offering a tribute of its own to Richard Wagner, the key honoree of the annual opera fest. "Ride of The Valkyries," the nickname given to the introduction to Act III of the composer's stage play Die Walküre. Thanks to the epic nature of the instrumental charge, the theme has been used over and over again in popular television and film. Some of the best, most renowned (and most loathed) examples are listed below. 
Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera
By Florangela DavilaKPLUMonday, July 28, 2014
Speight Jenkins is stepping down as general director of Seattle Opera after 31 years. And among the things he’s most proud of are the productions of two successful Ring cycles, surviving the economic recession by not resorting to just producing popular operas and advancing the opportunities for African-American men.
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Summer 2014 Magazine Issue
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  • Opera Tours for Board Members
  • My First Opera by Speight Jenkins
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