Saturday, February 21, 2009
Then comes the joy of discovering for myself a "new" artist. This was the case when a friend emailed me a message to go to YouTube and type in Eula Beal. I urge you to do the same thing and play the "None But The Lonely Heart" clip. I was amazed. Her fans labeled her The American Kathleen Ferrier. Alas, her career endured but a mere ten years. She did continue to be involved in community vocal activities in Northern California, but stopped singing professionally as her husband wanted her to participate in an "unchallenged domestic life." Pity. This clip reminds what a boon modern technology can be to education and enjoyment if handled in an appropriate manner.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
*hey everyone VP Adams sent me this great write-up about the Met's 2009-2010 season, I can't wait!! Check it out - Kate*
On Tuesday, February 10th, General Manager Peter Gelb held a press conference to announce the 2009/2010 season at the Metropolitan Opera. New productions include Carmen starring Angela Gheorghiu.
It is a rarity for a soprano to take on one of the benchmarks of the mezzo soprano repertory. However, recordings exist featuring Maria Callas and Leontyne Price as the fiery gypsy.
Paulo Szot (the Tony winning star of "South Pacific") will star in a new productions of Shostakovich's The Nose (MSM did a production of this piece circa 1986). Another new production will feature Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon: The Tales of Hoffmann. Other new productions will include Tosca with Karita Matila, Rossini's Attila, Janacek's From The House of The Dead featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen's company duet as conduction, Armida (Renee Fleming) and Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas (starring Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay.)
Several revivals of major productions have been cancelled due to cost: Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Benevenuto Cellini, and The Ghosts of Versailles.
Of particular interest is the productions team of Attila. The costumes will be by Miuccia Prada and the sets by the Swiss production team that designed the Bird's Nest for the Beijing Olympics.
Mr. Gelb also announced that the Met's HD transmissions had passed the million-ticket mark in sales for the previous weekend!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I'd like to start next week's class with Kate's walking us through our new class blog. We will be able to share so many ideas and thoughts with this forum. We really will be the envy of the school--thanks to Kate!
And, at the risk of sounding like your mother, can you all drop an email to Carolann Page? She was a wonderful guest and the time just flew. I know she would appreciate hearing from you and, please do tell her specifically if something really answered a long-held question for you, or if a comment she made encouraged you or made you feel more secure. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been looking for a graphic designer who is willing to work with young musicians at a reasonable rate. I have seen her work and it is beautiful. Most of you will never need a designer because you will do a fine job yourself (and have all the fun of doing it), but this is for later down the road when a rich aunt or uncle wants to know what you want for Christmas. Here's what designer Kelly Boyle wrote to me in response to my email:
As far as rates, I generally charge $65/hr. However, in the past, I have worked out flat rates for certain projects with strict budgets... A logo (from 2-3 concepts to completion) will take roughly 10 hours.
Please let me know if you would like me to send you some business cards. I am reachable via this email, or at email@example.com. (That web address is listed on the website.)
On a side note, I us ed to play the guitar and have a great admiration of musicians. (I was not very good.)
Thank you again. Please let me know if you need anything. Also, please let me know if/when you would like to meet!
Is anyone interested in getting some headshots taken? I'm getting mine taken on Feb 12th with photographer Lori Smith (lorismithphotography.com) Here's the deal...right now the price is $475 for the shoot...but if someone booked a session after mine, we would each get a $50 discount - so we would each pay $425.
The session INCLUDES hair and make-up, 3 changes (or more), same day CD of proofs, and retouching. She also guarentees her pictures...that is, she will keep shooting 'till you are happy with your pics! It's a great deal! Anyone interested? Just send me an e-mail if you have any quetions...Lori's number is 212.479.0849 if you would like to speak with her directly.