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Sanford Sylvan, Baritone Who Created Major Opera Roles, Dies at 65 – The New...

Supported by Sanford Sylvan, Baritone Who Created Major Opera Roles, Dies at 65ImageThe baritone Sanford Sylvan as Chou En-lai in the world premiere of John Adams’s “Nixon in China” at the Houston Grand Opera in 1987. Mr. Sylvan “was my muse,” Mr. Adams said.CreditCreditJim Caldwell, via Houston Grand OperaBy Zachary Woolfe Feb. 1, 2019Sanford Sylvan, the American baritone whose introspective eloquence and serene yet commanding presence put him at the center of some of the most important operati..

San Antonio only Texas city for classical music star Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project –...

Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press Image 1 of / 68 Caption Close Image 1 of 68 Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press San Antonio only Texas city for classical musi..

The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018 – The New York Times

Supported by The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018Listen to our favorite albums of the year, music from the 15th century to the 21st. ImageBy Anthony Tommasini, Joshua Barone, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, David Allen, Seth Colter Walls and Zachary Woolfe Dec. 13, 2018A flood of recordings — the best efforts of our favorite artists — lands each year in our mailboxes and streaming services. Somehow, we winnowed our favorites down to 25 albums (O.K., 26, if you look carefully), music from the 15th century to the 21st — each represented by a t..

Ryan Speedo Green: From juvenile delinquency to opera stardom – 60 Minutes – CBS...

As a 12-year-old in Virginia, Ryan Speedo Green was the author of an impressive rap sheet. He was so violent he was banished to a class for delinquents. And when he couldn't be contained there, he was sent to a juvenile lockup. Those who knew the boy with the unusual name, could see that the child was writing a tragedy. Now, as a man, tragedy has become the dominant theme in his life, but in a way that no one could have imagined. The high priest in the temple of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is Ryan Speedo Green, starring in Rossini's "Semiramide." Green blessed the hall with a voice that reaches from bass to baritone. Ryan Speedo Green performs Metropolitan Opera At age 32, he is a member of the Vienna State Opera and performs on stages of the world in German, French, English and Italian. Some call his sound a gift, but that sells short the life of struggle, and the sacrifices of others, that lifted him to the high altar of success. Ryan Speedo Green: I lived in a t..

Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 10

Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi Violinist Benjamin Beilman. JOSHUA KOSMAN’S CLASSICAL MUSIC PICKS Vox Luminis: The Belgian early-music vocal ensemble, directed by Lionel Meunier, concludes the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition with a concert of music by Bach, Buxtehude and Pachelbel. 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Benjamin Beilman: The rising young American violinist is joined by pianist Andrew Tyson for a recital of music by Mozart, Dvorák, Beethoven and Kreisler. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. “Das Rheingold”: The San Francisco Opera’s summer festival devoted to Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” gets under way with the first opera of the tetralogy, in director Francesca Zambello’s American-themed productio..

6 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend

6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This WeekendImageEsa-Pekka Salonen will lead the New York Philharmonic in his own “Foreign Bodies,” with a new live video installation by Tal Rosner on Friday.CreditHiroyuki Ito for The New York TimesBy David Allen June 7, 2018Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead. CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church (June 8, 7:30 p.m.). This little jewel of a festival, now in its ninth iteration, combines good music with food, walking tours, art and family events, occurring through June 16. Bach is its focus this year, and this opening concert includes a “Brandenburg” Concerto, transcriptions of Bach by Reger and Tochio, a reflection on Bach by Gubaidulina and music by the festival’s composer in residence, Aaron Jay Kernis. Ken-David Masur, who directs the festival with his wife, Melinda Lee Masur, conducts. OLIVIA DE PRATO at Miller T..

Estate known for hosting Santa Fe Opera parties for sale

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An estate known for its owners’ hosting of lavish Santa Fe Opera parties is for sale. The Albuquerque Journal reports the 11-acre Pueblo Revival estate in Santa Fe is on the market for $11.5 million. Current owners Bob and Miryam Knutson say the property earned its nickname while it was the home of Peggy Driscoll, a Santa Fe Opera board member and donor. She used her home to host extravagant opera gatherings. The property includes a six-bedroom main residence, three guest houses, a tennis court, a swimming pool and spa and expansive gardens. Most Read Nation & World StoriesUnlimited Digital Access: $1 for 4 weeksStephanie Duran of Barker Realty says the “Opera House” was built during the 1930s. ___ Information from: Albuquerque Journal, Let's block ads! (Why?)

The risk and reward challenges facing Irish National Opera and Wexford

Have you been following Joyce Flaherty lately? I have. The New York Times carried an interview with her earlier this month, under the title “Opera’s Miss Congeniality takes on a rare Cinderella”. The article’s mention of rare opera and the singer’s penchant for offbeat repertoire started me thinking about the international world of opera into which the new Irish National Opera company has been born. Joyce Flaherty, of course, is not known to the world by that name. The Kansas-born Irish-American mezzo soprano is famous as Joyce DiDonato, though she has drawn attention to her Irish heritage when performing at the National Concert Hall. DiDonato has been described in the Guardian as “the most critically acclaimed and popular mezzo soprano of our day”. I’ve had a niggling question in my head for years about Ireland’s musical diaspora. It’s a really simple one. Why don’t we connect with them more? The question first came to me in that way in relation to the American experimental composer ..

Opera VPN to shut down: Here are 4 alternatives

There’s some bad news for those who use the Opera VPN mobile app, namely that it’s being shut down come the end of the month. The announcement was made that the free iOS and Android apps will be permanently shuttered on April 30, just under a fortnight’s time. Those who are Opera Gold members (which was the commercial paid-for version of the product) will be given the option of having a free one-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. That’s an obvious move, as Opera VPN was built on SurfEasy’s network. Opera noted that SurfEasy Ultra is a service which has 28 regions, allows for simultaneous use on up to five devices, and has a ‘strict no-log’ policy. What about free users of Opera VPN? The company is offering a discount of 80% on SurfEasy Total VPN, which can be bagged through the latest version of the Opera VPN iOS and Android apps. Alternative paid VPNs Another consideration is that maybe you don’t want to use a free VPN anymore. While the price may be free, there could be hidden ..

Richard Buckley fired as artistic director of Austin Opera for alleged inappropriate behavior

Austin Opera has terminated the contract of artistic director and principal conductor Richard Buckley, effective immediately. Austin Lyric Opera artistic director Richard Buckley (left) in 2014. Buckley, who conducts on the international operatic circuit, had held that position since 2004. In a short statement, the opera said an investigation conducted with outside counsel determined that “inappropriate behavior in violation of the company’s policy on harassment had occurred that was not consistent with the values and standards of Austin Opera.” In respect for those affected by his conduct, Austin Opera trustees said “staff will not disclose further details about the incidents that occurred.” Buckley, the son of a famous conductor, was known for conducting symphonies and operas far afield and had been part of at least 40 Austin Opera productions. As recently as March of last year, Buckley’s conducting earned a $1 million commitment from backers Ernest and Sarah Butler, namesakes for..

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