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Archive for February 21, 2014

Ana María Martínez: Czech Was the Hardest

Ana Maria Martinez as Rusalka, c. Todd Rosenberg

[WFMT’s Broadcast of Rusalka Begins Saturday at 7:15 PM]Ana María Martínez is a seasoned performer on the stage of Chicago’s Civic Opera House. In the last year, she’s sung Mimì, Desdemona, and opens as Rusalka on Saturday. What is less dazzling, less conspicuous, has been her role as role model to Chicago’s youth. The Puerto Rican-American soprano

CSO Plays Mahler 9, A Conductor’s Pilgrimage

Michael Tilson Thomas

With the support of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas plunged headlong into a cycle of Mahler symphonies on their own record label, and produced a PBS documentary about Mahler to go with it. According to the conductor, going to the places where Mahler spent his days was a revelation.

About People Named Strauss

Richard Strauss

The name Strauss looms large in the annals of western music. The family that lived like rock stars during 19th century Vienna captured and embodied the musical voice of that city, a hub for European music, cranking out one popular dance piece after another. Johannes Brahms once signed an autograph with the opening bars of the Blue Danube waltz: “Unfortunately not by Johannes Brahms”

Renata Scotto: A Retrospective

Renata Scotto as Tosca, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1987; c. Tony Romano

According to friends, this Italian diva who dominated the stage for 40 years, doesn’t look back. The word is, she doesn’t even own a piano.

Her 1960 American debut as Mimì at Lyric Opera of Chicago began an incredible 50 year relationship (and counting) with that company; she directed Lyric’s 2007 production of La bohème