In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, playwright and producer Meredith Bean McMath opted to commemorate the milestone with an opera based on the life on one of its characters: Oliver Willcox Norton.
It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Brandon Coleman and his “Fitness Crew” have just sprinted 800 meters through Bestor Plaza. Before that, they went on a 4-mile run, did 10 push ups, 10 jumping jacks and one-minute wall sits. Tomorrow, they’ll push for 5 miles — if they have the time.
If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.
The Artsongs recital at 4:15 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ features a trio of Young Artists, all with deep voices.
Upon entering the Amphitheater, a friendly usher approaches, prepared to scan gate passes and greeting passersby as they enter the gates. Everyone, from vice presidents to first-time visitors, hesitates for a moment. Guests may feel a sigh of relief as they enter the Institution’s entertainment hub.
It’s a fact that opera singers need to know more than how to sing bel canto and recitatives — they also must master a range of character roles, linguistic flavors and historical tastes.
Three days before its opening at the Amphitheater on Saturday night, Madam Butterfly premiered at the Children’s School, complete with sailor caps, neon-pink kimonos and Japanese folk music.
At the Manhattan School of Music, Gordon Ostrowski instructs students how to take proper headshots, walk like a Victorian in style classes and build professional resumes.
Jay Lesenger is ready to show audiences that a lot more goes into a singer’s voice than meets the eyes — or ears, for that matter.
At 4:15 p.m. today at the Hall of Christ, three Young Artists will be honoring this amalgam with a melting pot of art songs. From the Czech countryside to the streets of Manhattan, the artists will span a worldwide breadth of music, from the Old World to the New.