Is An MFA The New MBA?
By Steven Tepper
• Fast Company • Friday, May 24, 2013
Organizations far and wide — perhaps even yours — will compete intensely for workers who are adaptable, resourceful, and can quickly learn and apply new skills to a variety of challenges. Where can you find such workers? One answer runs counter to much conventional wisdom: Ask an artist.
Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change
By Molly Colin
• San Francisco Classical Voice • Friday, May 24, 2013
Welcome to the world of small opera companies, where rising costs and
diminished private and public support require a constant shifting of
gears to stay viable. Some companies are reinventing themselves with
complex business models. Others are sharing productions as a way to trim
costs and increase production values. No matter what model these
companies choose, however, they’re all chasing funds to sustain
Wagner's 200th birthday celebrated with opera singalong
By Alexa Vaughn
• The Seattle Times • Thursday, May 23, 2013
In the shower or in the car — with the windows rolled up — weren't
the only places amateur Seattle opera singers could perform Wednesday
night. More than 200 Seattle opera fans belted out classic Wagner pieces at
the Seattle Center Armory. The Seattle Opera's Wagner singalong
celebrated the composer's 200th birthday and the opera's upcoming August
performances of the Ring Cycle.
Why are Opera Fans so Fascinated with James Levine?
By Brian Wise
• WQXR • Thursday, May 23, 2013
In the Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
, Wagner depicts a
vision of a Grail descending to earth. This Sunday, it will come with a
special dramatic touch: an elevating podium, which will lift conductor
James Levine and his motorized wheelchair from the stage at Carnegie
The 69-year-old music director of the Metropolitan Opera has been
away for two years, following an accident in 2011 left him partially
paralyzed and unable to walk. Levine says he can’t wait to pick up the
baton with the Met Orchestra.