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Are you ready for the snow apocalypse? I was asked this question yesterday at the grocery story, and I couldn’t help but laugh. Yes, I am ready for the no-snow day. Did we wake up (in Tennessee) to a snow fall that was so great we were barricaded in our homes? Nope. Most schools are […]

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Bonnaroo vs. Glyndebourne

Bonnaroo and Glyndebourne. Both are music festivals. Both take place in the countryside on farms. Both of them have nothing else in common. And, I believe I am the only person to have gone to both1. If you are unfamiliar with either one of these festivals, let me tell you a little bit about them. […]

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Just Show Up and We Will Applaud

The first Metroplitan Opera production I attended was a performace of Verdi’s Nabucco when I was 13. The soprano fell on the massive steps, huge gasps rang throughout the hall, the slave chorus got a standing ovation and received more “bravos” than anyone, James Levine was conducting, Sam Rami and Wendy White were singing. It was the […]

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Madama Butterfly

Articles From Around the Web

~”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. […]

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Marriage of Figaro - Opera Atelier

The Ultimate Art Form

Fostering a love of classical music in young people is so important for its survival. We here at REFINERSFIRE are very dedicated to that mission. If you are interested in sharing with others what makes opera “the ultimate art form” check out this great list of operas for beginners. 1. The Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus […]

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