Portland Opera presents ‘As One,’ a story about transitioning and ‘becoming one’s full self’...

“CNN Opera.” That’s shop talk for an opera with subject matter inspired by current events or recent history. The phrase was coined for composer John Adams’ 1987 masterpiece, “Nixon in China,” but could also apply to the 2014 opera “As One,” which explores issues relevant to our recent surge in visibility for transgender people. Conceived and composed by Laura Kaminsky, with a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, “As One” is a sensitive, sometimes wrenching coming-of-age story about a per..

Opera Software rebrands to Otello Corporation after selling its browser business

Reuters is reporting that Opera Software — the Norwegian company best known for its web browser — is rebranding to Otello Corporation. The company says it intends to change its stock ticker on the Oslo Bourse, although it’s yet to come up with a new symbol. This move is likely because Opera Software — sorry, Otello Corporation — wants to distinguish itself from its browser business, which it sold to group of Chinese investors in 2016. In July 2016, Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund (which includes Qihoo 360, a major Chinese antivirus and browser developer) bought Opera’s consumer side for $600 million. The deal closed November that year. By changing its name to Otello Corporation, Opera Software is able to break from its past, while making a wry nod to it. Otello is the name of an opera by Verdi, based on Shakespeare’s Othello. TNW has reached out to Otello. If we hear back from them, we’ll update this post. Let's block ads! (Why?)

5Point film fest returns to opera house Saturday

The 5Point Adventure Film Festival will be bringing the festival’s films upvalley this weekend. The annual Aspen Encore event will be held at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday at 7 p.m., according to a news release. The event will feature highlights and winners from the festival, which took place last week in Carbondale. 5Point Executive Director Regna Jones and Program Director Meredith McKee will be hosting the screenings. According to the release, they will feature the following festival-wi..

Classical music scene just getting started

Happy 2018! While it scarcely seems possible, a brand new shiny year that roars into view each January also marks the halfway point of the arts calendar. Here are my Top 10 picks of upcoming concerts from now until more clement months: ● There’s been a real buzz in the city since we first heard that towering American composer/pianist Philip Glass would be headlining this year’s Winnipeg New Music Festival (Jan. 27-Feb. 2). While those with long memories will recall his mesmerizing solo concert at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in February 2006 (one of my more surreal experiences reviewing for this esteemed newspaper), the now 80-year-old icon will likely not be returning anytime soon. For more info, see wnmf.ca. ● The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra also presents the Canadian première of Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3, composed for American pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and co-commissioned by a handful of North American orchestras. Anne Manson leads the musicians on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at West..

Review: The Met’s ‘Ring’ Stops Creaking, but Still Doesn’t Work – The New York...

Advertisement Supported by Review: The Met’s ‘Ring’ Stops Creaking, but Still Doesn’t WorkImageThe massive planks of Robert Lepage’s staging of Wagner’s “Ring” at the Metropolitan Opera can rotate into alluring configurations.CreditCreditSara Krulwich/The New York TimesBy Anthony Tommasini March 10, 2019The Machine is back. But does it still creak? This question loomed over the return, on Saturday afternoon, of Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” to the Metropolitan Opera afte..

In classical music, a year of urgency and of reckoning

By Jeremy Eichler Globe Staff December 15, 2017Accurately distilling a year in classical music into a few paragraphs always seems like an impossible task, yet each year we try anew. In keeping with tradition, we have included a list of 10 memorable performances (this year I chose five, and my Globe colleague Zoë Madonna chose five). But even more than usual, 2017 cannot be summarized with the typical chronicles of artistic comings and goings, or the recaps of specific highlights from local concert halls and opera stages. This year in music opened up deeper and more urgent questions about the state of the field and the place of the arts in our public and private lives. 2017 began with the inauguration of a president who swiftly announced his wish to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Alas, when Donald Trump proudly declared on an international stage that “we write symphonies,” it seems he did not have in mind Roy Harris’s ..

Opera 50 arrives with protection against cryptomining websites

Opera 50 arrives with protection against cryptomining websites OPERA SOFTWARE reaches its half-century of browsers with a cryptocurrency-heavy Opera 50. With all this talk of Bitcoin and its brethren, it seems logical to get protection from the risk that someone is harvesting Bitcoins using your CPU. Where this practice occurs, it has to take the form of a botnet - a single home PC maxed out would only be able to get about 23p a month, and that would severely impact on performance. Good news, therefore that Opera will now scan for crypto mining during your browse and tip you off. If this doesn't sound particularly new, it's because it fundamentally isn't, but rather than a separate extension, this is a native detection process as part of the flagship built-in ad-blocker. It comes as a separate tick box which is selected by default, just in case you want to have your computer hijacked, and arrives in addition to the built-in VPN within Opera. A recent Adguard survey..

Review: A Singer Scales Back Her Grand-Opera Voice

Advertisement The mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who won the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award this year and recently received accolades for her portrayal of Adalgisa in the Met’s production of Bellini’s “Norma,” is riding a wave of popularity. Her vocal style, which can be steely but also malleable and even vulnerable, is ideally suited to grand opera. For a listener not always in tune with the adoring audience at Ms. Barton’s recital in the intimate Zankel Hall on Monday evening, the sheer scale of the performances made for uncomfortable moments. Yet fine artist that she is, Ms. Barton generally tamped down the volume in a thoughtful and deeply satisfying program. In partnership with the pianist and coach Kathleen Kelly, Ms. Barton devised and presented an evening of works mostly by or about women. Which is to say that the points of view were often male. Ms. Barton said between numbers that she wanted to “challenge the idea of sexuality” in music. “Who can sing what?” she ..

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. chelseamusicfestival.org OLIVIA DE PRATO at Miller T..

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 ..

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