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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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Outdoor HubWednesday, August 20, 2014
Colorado Hiker Sings Opera to Calm Stalking Mountain Lion
Colorado Hiker Sings Opera to Calm Stalking Mountain Lion
By Daniel XuOutdoor HubWednesday, August 20, 2014
Can music soothe a savage beast? If you were to ask 40-year-old Kyra Kopenstonsky, she will tell you that it might have saved her from a cougar attack. Kopenstonsky was hiking a trail near Down Valley Park in Placerville, Colorado on Monday when she encountered a mountain lion. According to a report by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, the lion stalked the hiker for about 20 minutes, during which it would often jump forward and crouch whenever Kopenstonsky attempted to move backwards. She told deputies that when she first saw the animal, she picked up a large branch and attempted to look big. That did not seem to faze the cat, so Kopenstonsky said she did the next thing that came to her mind.
Christian Science MonitorWednesday, August 20, 2014
The Met averts shutdown: Does opera have to be grand to survive? (+video)
The Met averts shutdown: Does opera have to be grand to survive? (+video)
By Harry BruiniusChristian Science MonitorWednesday, August 20, 2014
The live spectacle and resounding, unamplified human voices of opera, its dwindling number of aficionados say, is something the digital age, even with its many wonders, can never top.
Huffington PostWednesday, August 20, 2014
14 Artists Who Are Transforming The Future Of Opera
14 Artists Who Are Transforming The Future Of Opera
By Priscilla FrankHuffington PostWednesday, August 20, 2014
Opera, which translates to "work" in Italian, doesn't only refer to women in viking helmets singing high notes in a foreign language. The medium officially extends to any dramatic art form in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment, and it's evolved far past the "La Bohème" you dozed off to on your middle school field trip. (No offense, Puccini.) Although The Met may not be tapping into today's boldest operatic experiments, that's not to say they're not out there.
San Francisco Classical VoiceTuesday, August 19, 2014
Musical Chairs in S.F. Opera Administration
Musical Chairs in S.F. Opera Administration
By Janos GerebenSan Francisco Classical VoiceTuesday, August 19, 2014
The San Francisco Opera's Director of Production, Greg Weber, will become Tulsa Opera's managing director in October. The search has begun to find his successor. 
The GuardianTuesday, August 19, 2014
Play it again: how to make an opera’s second run a success
Play it again: how to make an opera’s second run a success
By Tim MurrayThe GuardianTuesday, August 19, 2014
How do you make an old and over-performed opera feel fresh and new? Start by reexamining the score, writes one conductor
John Adams Explains Why His Northridge Earthquake Opera Took 19 Years to Reach L.A.
By Christian HertzogLA WeeklyTuesday, August 19, 2014
It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. 

It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next.

Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “songplay.” Librettist June Jordan calls it an “earthquake romance.” However their collaboration is pigeonholed, it hasn’t been heard in California since its world premiere in 1995 in Berkeley; the only professional American performance after its original run in Montreal, New York and Europe was in Cleveland 12 years ago.

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