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Roman Carnival Overture

There will be a lot of overtures on this site.  They can serve as bite-sized, illustrative, accessible introductions to a composer… perfect for what I want to do with this blog!   107 more words


Opera in Pajamas

(you, not the performers.  Although that would be interesting)

Can’t make it to Milan to see an opera at La Scala?  I feel your pain.  Maybe this will help. 470 more words


Rach and Roll: Milanov kicks off debut season with old classics, pianist Gavrylyuk

At left, Rossen Milanov, then a guest conductor, directs a section of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra during his July 10, 2014, appearance in the Amphitheater. 593 more words

Chautauqua Institution

Gretchen Before and After by Natalie Weaver

In May, I attended the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust.  This work, featuring four soloists, a full choir and orchestra, and a children’s choir, was first performed in Hungary in 1846.  1,021 more words


Opera 101—No Second Troy

Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,

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Afterthoughts on Les Troyens

I saw the magnificent Les Troyens at San Francisco Opera this past Saturday night. I had participated in a symposium that afternoon, so I was primed for the experience – the esteemed D. 416 more words

Matthew Truss shares why he chose Sister Cities Girlchoir

During a rehearsal break in Manhattan, Matthew Truss shares why he chose Sister Cities Girlchoir as his charity recipient for The Sanamus Project’s Salon Series benefit recital.