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Opera singer's story chosen for Sarasota's One Book program

Daniel Bergner, author of “Sing For Your Life” will speak in Sarasota in January Jay Handelman Arts Editor @jayhandelman A book about an American opera singer who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds as a child to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and on international stages is the latest selection for the Sarasota County library system’s annual One Book One Community program. Daniel Bergner’s 2016 book “Sing For Your Life” chronicles Ryan Speedo Green’s experiences growing up with an abusive and abused mother and spending time in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia because of his own violent activities. Over time, a caring teacher and her husband, among others, became guardian angels to the youth, encouraging him to pursue his music and education. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the Hartt School of Music and a master's in music at Florida State University. After a visit to the Metropolitan Opera with other students, “he was enthralled and looked..

Opera News app launched in Africa

Norway – Opera Software announced this week the official launch of Opera News, a newAI-poweredapp which enables people to access their favorite news articles and hottest trending videos. The release of the new app follows Opera’s recent announcement that its AI-powered news service inside Opera Mini grew to more than 100 million active users in less than a year, showing an incredible interest in news globally. Opera News is a news app with a powerful recommendation engine designed to keep you on top of all the things you love to read and watch. Opera News delivers a variety of trending news and entertaining videos and gets smarter with each use. In addition to delivering great content, Opera News can also save up to 80% of your mobile data use thanks to Opera’s unique data-saving capabilities. Last year, the company outlined plans to invest US$100 million in the African market. Today, Opera announces further expansion of these plans by launching its “Africa First” strategy. This strate..

Opera CEO Keith Cerny Forsaking Dallas for … Calgary?

Opera CEO Keith Cerny is decamping Dallas for Calgary. (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)New York or Los Angeles, we could understand. But it seemed odd, to say the least, when General Director and CEO Keith Cerny announced he was leaving the Dallas Opera after more than seven years to lead the opera company in … Calgary, Canada. (You know, the place that’s best-known for its big wild-west rodeo called the Calgary Stampede.) In a Dec. 15 press release, the much-smaller-than-Dallas’ opera company in the province of Alberta said that Cerny would become general director and CEO there in mid-January, but would “not be available for interviews” until then. (Nor did Cerny deign to speak with The Dallas Morning News when it reported his, er, surprising resignation the same day.) The abrupt and unexplained career decision aside, Cerny by all accounts has been a stellar CEO here, using his experience as a business consultant for Accenture and McKinsey & Co. to turn the once-struggling Dallas Opera aroun..

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..

Opera launches news app in Africa

Opera Software has announced the launch of Opera News, a newAI-poweredapp which enables people to access their favourite news articles and hottest trending videos. The release of the new app follows Opera’s recent announcement that its AI-powered news service inside Opera Mini grew to more than 100-million active users in less than a year, showing an incredible interest in news globally. Opera News is a news app with a powerful recommendation engine designed to keep you on top of all the things you love to read and watch. Opera News delivers a variety of trending news and entertaining videos and gets smarter with each use. In addition to delivering great content, Opera News can also save up to 80% of your mobile data use thanks to Opera’s unique data-saving capabilities. Last year, the company outlined plans to invest $100-million in the African market. It has now outlined its “Africa First” strategy. This strategy means that Opera will develop and launch its mobile products first for..

The Good, The Bad And The Sad: A Year In Classical Music

What an odd and complicated year this was -- even in the world of classical music. Wonderful musical events were almost overshadowed by painful news items. The arts have been under attack. Heroes were toppled by scandal with few replacements lining up. I don’t have much insight. I wish I could be cheerier. But I’m grateful more than ever for the enlivening ability of great art — great music-making — to bring hope and joy. Saddest Story: The Fall Of James Levine This year couldn’t have ended on a more painful note, with the precipitous fall from grace of America’s greatest living classical musician. James Levine has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage boys some 30 years ago and in the current rush to judgment has been found guilty by the press and in public opinion. The New York Times’ chief classical critic, who believes the allegations (which Levine has denied), wondered if he should throw out all his beloved Levine recordings. His answer was no, but he was going to move th..

Opera browser adds VPN – TechRadar

Opera has announced that it is adding a built-in VPN to its Opera for Android browser in an effort to better protect its users safety online. The company is already quite familiar with VPNs as it launched and later discontinued its free VPN app for Android called Opera VPN. Now the company has taken things a step further by including a VPN inside its Android browser and beta users around the world will be the first to test out the new feature. Opera explained its decision to add a VPN to its bro..

Dallas Opera General Director Keith Cerny Resigns, Appointed New Chief of Calgary Opera

15 December 2017 THE DALLAS OPERA announced today that Keith Cerny, the company's general director of nearly eight years, has resigned and will take up the reigns as Calgary Opera's new general director and CEO beginning in January. The abrupt news of Cerny's resignation came as something of a surprise in an industry in which leadership transitions are frequently planned far in advance and often scheduled to minimize disruptions during a company's season. Michael Brown, chair of the Calgary Opera board of directors, said that the company undertook what he characterized as an "exhaustive international search" in an effort to find "the right candidate to take Calgary Opera to next level of growth. [...] We believe we have found the perfect candidate in Keith, given his wealth of experience from an artistic, business and operational standpoint." Dallas Opera announced that it will begin searching for Cerny’s successor immediately. “Keith has every reason to be proud o..

A song of art: New group works to bring classical music form to Richmond

Poetry set to music. That's how Tyler Stone, executive director of the non-profit group Art Song Collective, describes the form of singing the group is striving to bring to people in the Madison County area. But art song is much more than that, he says. The group's website says this: "Art song is emotion, passion, strength, vulnerability. Art song is intimate; it is timeless; it is current." The website Art Song Update states "an art song strives to be the perfect combination of music and literature, based on four elements: poet, composer, singer and accompanist." The ability of the genre to move its listeners differently than other music performances is one reason Stone, and others, created Art Song Collective. Unlike operas, which are performed at many venues not far away, the closest area that has performances of art song, as far as Stone is aware, is in Cincinnati. "There's just not as many opportunities," Stone said. Art Song Collective's goal is to put on a nu..

Irish National Opera launches tonight

Irish National Opera (INO) opens its debut 2018 season tonight at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, with performances from leading Irish singers including Orla Boylan, Claudia Boyle and Sharon Carty, accompanied by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. They will present seven operas this year, five of which are new productions. Artistic Director Fergus Sheil is focusing on a mix of classical operas and contemporary works. The season will tour across 13 venues in Ireland and London’s Barbican Centre, and Sheil hopes to build new audiences in Ireland and beyond. The company is born out of a renewed commitment to opera from the Irish Arts Council, who has dramatically increased their funding of this area of music. The opening production is Thomas Adès’s chamber opera Powder Her Face, in collaboration with Northern Ireland Opera. Following this will be the INO’s first major production – Patrick Mason’s new staging of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Summer will see performances at the Galway ..

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