An Italian Conductor Looks to U.S. Models
By James Panero
• The Wall Street Journal • Thursday, March 06, 2014
At the Teatro Regio Torino, the Turin opera house, Gianandrea Noseda has
been the music director since 2007. The country's austerity measures,
which hit hard over the past five years, have slashed state funding for
cultural institutions. And in the birthplace of opera, where the
government has traditionally provided lavish support for culture and the
arts, many opera houses have had no choice but to curtail productions,
limit artistic recruitment and training, and, in some cases, go dark.
Notes Composed for the Nose
By Kathryn Shattuck
• The New York Times • Thursday, March 06, 2014
The city was blanketed in winter, but in a kitchen with a bird’s-eye view of Central Park, Fabio Luisi was conjuring up spring.
Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)
• Operavore (WQXR) • Thursday, March 06, 2014
#tbt (Throwback Thursday) is a
weekly opportunity to remember musical deities from the past who ignite
our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature
a #tbt artist twice an hour until 4 pm. This week we throw it back to Enrico Caruso.
In his day, Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was known
internationally for his music and as a beloved personality. In 25 years
he performed 863 times at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to
performance tours, Caruso became famous for his popular phonograph
recordings. He also played in films and was the inspiration for the "The
Great Caruso" starring tenor Mario Lanza.
SDSU, SD Opera launch partnership
By James Chute
• The San Diego Union-Tribune • Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The San Diego State University
School of Music and Dance is collaborating with the San Diego Opera in a
new project, the San Diego Opera University Partnership. The
program aspires to encourage, strengthen and promote the efforts of
local universities in training singers, and has already embarked on a
series of masterclasses, the SDSU Vocal Arts Masterclass Series.
Series will explore death penalty, social justice
By Alyssa Skiba
• hngnews.com • Tuesday, March 04, 2014
With the weight of the social issues raised by Madison Opera’s upcoming
performance of Jake Heggie’s, Dead Man Walking opera, the company has
teamed up with several Dane County libraries to bring a range of
educational activities leading up to the show’s April 25 and April 27
performances at Overture Hall.
Composer Robert Ashley, 83
• The Guardian (U.K.) • Tuesday, March 04, 2014
“Bob was one of the most amazing composers of the 20th century, and the
greatest genius of 20th-century opera,” Kyle Gann writes. “I don’t know how
long it’s going to take the world to recognize that.”