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Archive for December 17, 2013

Who Cares What the Composer Wants?

Tenor Franco Corelli

[Aida on the Tuesday Night Opera, 8:00 PM] Franco Corelli knew how to work a crowd. He wasn’t afraid of taking liberties with a score, a practice which produced many copycats. In the aria at the beginning of Aida for example, Corelli famously disregarded Verdi’s dynamic markings. In the last four bars

Video Exclusive: Conductor Talks Kids and Music

Ward Stare, photo by Suzy Gorman

Most careers take twists and turns; Ward Stare’s career has been more like Formula 1 auto racing. He went from playing principal trombone in the Lyric Opera Orchestra to being one of the company’s go-to conductors (debuting in last season’s production of Hansel and Gretel), all before the age of 30