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The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)

The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)
There are few source materials as rich in drama and angst as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. That, in turn, should make it the perfect work to adapt for the largely emotion-driven operatic stage, right? Turns out, that’s not exactly the case! John Harbison’s operatic adaptation of The Great Gatsby was written to commemorate... Read more »

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!
Imagine this: a warm summer’s day in 2003. A young boy, who by all accounts should be biking or pillaging the neighborhood, is strolling down the aisle of a music shop. His eyes meander through the vastly expensive and glamorous opera collection. His eyes rest on a brilliant blue color with the abstract painting of... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

Steven Shares Music (Week 1): "Gluck, das mir verblieb" from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt

Steven Shares Music (Week 1): "Gluck, das mir verblieb" from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt
One of the things I love most about being a passionate musician and lover of music is the act of sharing music with others. Introducing others to something very beautiful that they would never encounter in their everyday listening habits is of enormous pleasure to me. There are so many underrated masterworks that go unheeded... Read more »
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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 »

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit
I usually don’t like to be pedantic about these sort of things, but have you listened to the Top 40 stations on the radio lately? Gone are the strings of ELO, the innovative rhythm of Blondie, and the genius of The Beatles. Now we have the confused genre jumper Taylor Swift, the computer-generated talent of... Read more »

BREAKING: Usama Bin Laden's son swears vengeance against US for father's death (biography)

BREAKING: Usama Bin Laden's son swears vengeance against US for father's death (biography)
“Vani sono i lamenti; รจ tempo, o Sesto, ormai di vendicar il padre; si svegli alla vendetta l’anima neghittosa, che offesa da un tiranno invan riposa.” “Gone is the moment of lamenting; the time has come to avenge my father; I swear vengeance with utmost hatred, because a tyrant cannot live after such a crime.”... Read more »
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"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »