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Archive for February, 2016

11 Rossini Operas You Should Know (Besides Just “The Barber of Seville”)

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Rossini is one of the most successful opera composers in history. He made so much money from the 39 original operas he created between 1810 and 1829 that he retired in his late 30s. Here are a few Rossini operas worth exploring besides his most well known work, “The Barber of Seville.”

Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer David Lang on Composing for the Silver Screen

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Composer David Lang has worked in variety of media from opera to film. His “Simple Song #3” for Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth (La giovinezza) was nominated for a 2016 Academy more…

10 Handel Operas Everyone Should Know

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Though many know Handel for his Messiah, he became popular during his own lifetime because of the 42 operas he composed. But, how many Handel operas do you know? Here are a few to get you started on the composer’s birthday.

Bartlett Sher on Shakespeare in the Opera House

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“Opera is deeply satisfying in a way that Shakespeare cannot be,” stage director Barlett Sher said backstage at Lyric Opera of Chicago during rehearsals for Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Equally more…

The Father of Stereophonic Sound, Harvey Fletcher, Receives Grammy 35 Years After His Death

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Harvey Fletcher might not be a household name, but his contributions to science and music touch our everyday lives. Known as the “Father of Stereophonic Sound” his work at Bell Labs revolutionized not only the telephone system but changed the way we listen to music forever. For this achievement, he was honored with 2016 Individual Technical Grammy Award.

Grammy Award-winning Violinist Gil Shaham’s Advice for Young Musicians

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Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham made his professional debut at age 10, an age when most are hardly even thinking about professional work of any kind. Born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Shaham lived more…

LISTEN: Treasures from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive

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The Studs Terkel Radio Archive contains some of the most fascinating conversations with a fascinating man in his own right. Over two years, we aim to make an additional 1000 of Studs Terkel’s programs freely available for listening, exploring, and remixing. Here is a small sample of some of the treasures in the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

And the Classical Winners at the 2016 Grammy Awards Are….

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  Some of the winners of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. And the [classical] winners are…. BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL Ask Your Mama Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, more…

“I’m a white composer, living in white privilege, setting the poetry of Langston Hughes”

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In 2009, composer Laura Karpman unveiled a new work, Ask Your Mama, during Carnegie Hall’s HONOR! Festival that celebrated African American music and culture. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem of more…

14 of Opera’s Most Memorable Musical Kisses

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Opera would hardly be opera without a good love story. And what’s a good love story without a kiss? Check out this list of memorable musical kisses in opera, and tell us your favorites in the comments!