~”Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours” from NPR’s Deceptive Cadance.
From the article, “Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice. Friday evening she had sung the lead in Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.” To read the rest of the article, please click here.
~”Death Knell for Opera in San Diego After 49 Years” from The New York Times
From the article, “Ms. Whittaker appears to have failed. After a three-week battle that convulsed the community here and subjected its once revered opera company to widespread derision and accusations of mismanagement — Ian D. Campbell, its general and artistic director, was nearly booed off the stage when he stepped out to introduce “Don Quixote” this month on opening night — the board of directors on Friday reaffirmed its intention to close down. The final scheduled performance was on Sunday.” For continued reading, please click here.
~”Mussolini the musician’s violin to be sold” From the Telegraph.co.uk
From the article, “A 300-year-old violin once owned by the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has emerged for sale for £150,000. The Italian ruler was an accomplished violinist and it is thought he owned the instrument in the Twenties and Thirties while leader of the country. Mussolini would play duets with his fourth son, Romano, around the time he imposed a fascist state on Italy. The violin was made around 1700 by Italian Hieronymus Amati, whose grandfather Andrea is considered to have invented the violin in the 16th century.” For continued reading, please click here.
~”Class, race and classical music” from The Guardian.com
From the article, “We’ve been this way many times before. Let me paraphrase: how to get those of non-European origin enthralled with what has been traditionally presented as an exclusively European/Caucasian art form? It’s one of those questions – like why do bankers remain unpunished? – that is asked repeatedly, with little or no satisfactory forward movement. As with the bankers, some reasons are simple, some more complex; as with the bankers, they are also questions of will and priorities.” From continued reading, please click here.