An Opera Odyssey

An Opera Odyssey

“An Opera Odyssey is a truly gargantuan production undertaking by Elbrus TV. Being filmed across 38 countries, it will truly be the most substantial, significant, and meaningful visual history of opera ever to be produced. Viewers will see how the communicative...
The art of training and developing the voice

The art of training and developing the voice

James McCray was one of the greatest dramatic tenors of all times. After a career which saw him singing everywhere in the world, with conductors such as James Levine and Zubin Metha and colleagues such as Eileen Farrel and Jessye Norman, he became a highly respected...
Drowning culture

Drowning culture

It’s official: on august 6, while some people were on vacation and others preferred not to be bothered, the Italian government published the figures of the funds allocated for all orchestras around the country. More than 60 orchestras were not admitted to receive any...
Midsummer night’s rant

Midsummer night’s rant

I’m hearing too many bad performances. I don’t mean badly executed from a technical point of view (well, sometimes too), but from a purely basic musical point of view. What’s the first and most important thing we (should) learn when we study music?...
Culture shall not feed you

Culture shall not feed you

What is the value of music education? In a previous post I mentioned the fact that art in general and music in particular are not considered to be fundamental to a person’s education. Why is that the case? Personally, I think I got the answer from an Italian ministry...
The annoying kid

The annoying kid

I recently experienced something that seems to be quite common in today’s concert halls: the annoying kid that will not stop moving, coughing, talking or pointing.While others have interrupted the performance, I did not. Simply because when I turned to the kid to...

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