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What to Make of Mozart's Bad Boy? Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera

Don Giovanni is tricky. Yes, the character plays tricks, but that’s not what I mean. At least for me, Don Giovanni is a tricky opera. An opera with the hashtag #MozartsBadBoy has immediate draw; the actual experience is complicated by the fact that in this story seduction is interchangeable with rape, and it was written when rape was still considered comedy. 678 more words

Music

Beethoven - Piano Sonata 14 in c♯, Op. 27/2 (1802)

The first movement of this sonata is marked alla breve, requiring a slow two, not four, in the bar, and “without damper,” implying depression of the damper pedal throughout. 228 more words

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

October Goals: Mid-Month Check-In

At the beginning of this month I set some goals for myself. It’s now halfway through the month (can you believe it?!), so let’s check in to see how I’m doing. 225 more words

Singing

Mozart: Don Giovanni / Teatro Verdi di Pisa, 11 October 2014

An absolute masterpiece such as Don Giovanni has lent itself from the very moment of its creation to numerous and antithetical interpretations; the central question for performers and listeners is the spirit in which the work is to be approached. 1,031 more words

Opera (staged)

Don Giovanni Outtake

I wanted to share this with you guys, because it’s pretty funny. During my Don Giovanni shoot somebody got a picture of me taking this picture: 49 more words

Mozart Project

THE BEST HALLOWEEN OPERA: TALES OF HOFFMANN

Yes, as if I wasn’t boring enough already I’m also into opera! Now, I know traditionally “the” Halloween Opera has always been Don Giovanni , … 1,134 more words

Balladeer's Blog

October Goals

Nicole at Treasure Tromp is so good about setting monthly goals for herself and then checking in with herself to see how she did. I want to give this a shot for myself. 335 more words

Singing