Posts tagged "mozart"

In Defense of Bill Cosby, The Comedian

In Defense of Bill Cosby, The Comedian
Though I was not born during the heyday of The Cosby Show, I was able to reap the benefits of the hilarious sitcom on Nick @ Nite as reruns. I noticed that not only was this a peculiar and enjoyable form of comedy, it often educated on several facets of African American culture. When the floodgates... Read more »

Mozart's The Magic Flute and The Queen of The Night's Aria: The musical spark that ignited my fiery passion (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXVII)

Mozart's The Magic Flute and The Queen of The Night's Aria: The musical spark that ignited my fiery passion (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXVII)
A woman with wide eyes is staring immovably forward, the look of a pig to slaughter in her visage. The camera quickly pans around and focuses on an older, pale women whose eyes show no fear, only icy vengeance. As the song progresses, the woman is transformed into a literal monster, a grim spectre out... Read more »

An Opera Singer's Guide to The Chicago Cubs in The World Series

An Opera Singer's Guide to The Chicago Cubs in The World Series
“See in spate [sudden events] the high cataract [powerful waterfall] storming: All in terror must fly from its path. So in terror flies the foe before me, When I brandish this sword in my wrath” – Handel’s Julius Caesar (translated by Brian Trowell, courtesy of Chandos Records) Baseball, and indeed any sport, is imbued with... Read more »
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Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »

Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)

Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)
I get home late in in the day, the August sun just starting to set. My 20-year-old body hits the bed in a pile of fatigue and unfathomable happiness. Suddenly, my mood changes as I remember the events of the best summer weekend of my life. I start to weep bitter tears, like a man... Read more »

"He tried to O'Reilly her Hannity!": Gretchen Carlson accuses Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

"He tried to O'Reilly her Hannity!": Gretchen Carlson accuses Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” My dear friends, these are not the words given to a high-powered executive in one of the tawdry romance novels by Jackie Collins or Jacqueline Susann. These... Read more »
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"The Road Home": At the top of my game with 4 voice recitals in 4 weeks in college (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume I)

"The Road Home": At the top of my game with 4 voice recitals in 4 weeks in college (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume I)
It’s April 2013 and I’m sitting at a desk, my body sagging under a mountain of fatigue. My voice is tired, by body aches, and my head feels like seventy earthworms are fighting each other to nest inside my cerebellum. The past few weeks were filled with preparation, which included learning music, memorizing words, working... Read more »

"I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not" - a short tribute to Peter Shaffer, playwright and author of Amadeus

"I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not" - a short tribute to Peter Shaffer, playwright and author of Amadeus
As a little classical music sprout, one of my favorite movies growing up was Amadeus. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it is the story of the “feud” between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The movie is grossly historically inaccurate, but it is brilliantly written. It started as a stage play in... Read more »

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation
My first exposure to opera, and classical music, was an English-language, truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the local high school in fourth grade, presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I sat, starry-eyed, as the forces of good and evil battled on the stage, locked in an eternal struggle with some of the... Read more »
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The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago
When I was ten years old, I had an epiphany. I was walking through the local library, quietly minding my own business, my mind swirling with all the complicated and complex philosophical questions a ten year old has, such as “Will my mother leave me in the supermarket?” or “What are these red things on... Read more »