COLD & FLU SEASON IN THE VOICE DEPARTMENT

operanerd:

parmandil:

operanerd:

Literally the only reason I bought Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo was because Orsi said “it’s good and there were lesbians” and I wanted to get the Hungarian off my back. Seven-hundred-and-seventy-four pages into the book I find myself far too emotionally attached to all of these characters.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I could turn Count of Montecristo into an opera that wasn’t 9 days long, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Second installment of Bell’s brew series based on Holst’s planets:
VENUS, the BRINGER OF PEACE
This is a “malt beverage brewed with apricot juice and honey, with cardamom and vanilla beans added.”  
What.  
That’s ridiculous and amazing.  
Bell’s — get at me.
p.s., If you live in the Kalamazoo area, Bell’s will be hiring 100+ new people in the next year, so you best be applying.

DAILY LIFE OF A COMPOSER

when I’m writing well:

when I’m not:

humansofnewyork:

"I think all the pressure that I put on myself has been paralyzing. When I graduated from high school, a lot of people wrote in my yearbook: ‘You’re going to do great things,’ or ‘I know you’re going to make it big.’ I realized recently that with all the time I spent trying to figure out what my ‘big thing’ was going to be, I passed over a lot of small things that could have really added up. The moment I became content with taking small steps, I started moving forward again."
(Mexico City, Mexico)

I know that feel, bro.

humansofnewyork:

"I think all the pressure that I put on myself has been paralyzing. When I graduated from high school, a lot of people wrote in my yearbook: ‘You’re going to do great things,’ or ‘I know you’re going to make it big.’ I realized recently that with all the time I spent trying to figure out what my ‘big thing’ was going to be, I passed over a lot of small things that could have really added up. The moment I became content with taking small steps, I started moving forward again."

(Mexico City, Mexico)

I know that feel, bro.

Sweets By Kate: An Opera About Families and Candy, and also Satan.

Remember that time that I mentioned that opera with the meatloaf and the macaroons and the lesbians in it?  Well, here it is:

Sweets by Kate
a new opera

libretto: Thom K. Miller
music:
Griffin Candey
premiere:
July 2015, by the Midwest Institute of Opera

A quick summary:

When the widower father of the Brigmann family (Joe) dies suddenly, his formerly-shunned daughter (Elizabeth) and her partner (Kate) return to small-town California in order to run the family business.  Amid in the outwardly-cheery glow of the 1950’s, Elizabeth must square with the lurking disapproval of community and kin, the teetering success of the business, and her family’s former deals with the Devil – literally and figuratively.

Just what the opera world needed: yet another dark comedy where Satan attempts to control (and/or poison) an entire town via a 1950’s candy shop run by two lesbians.  Such a tired plot, right?

The best part: you can audition for it.  

MIO holds auditions in New York, NY and Bloomington-Normal, IL.  More info on that as soon as its available (and perhaps some sneak previews of arias on here — stay tuned.)

WHEN YOU FILL YOUR RECITAL WITH DIFFICULT MUSIC

at first:

a week before the recital:

In a few years, it will be the Twenties again.  Fingers crossed for the return of flappers and speakeasies.

operaphila:

Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn
Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXm9Mq

also THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE
BEING EARTH ANGELS

operaphila:

Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn

Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXm9Mq

also THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE

BEING EARTH ANGELS