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The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by coffeecritic

Benjamin Britten Amid all the hoopla over the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, both born in 1813, it was easy to overlook the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten, born November 22, 1913. Although not nearly as well known, if you’ve seen Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom, you’ve heard quite a bit of his music. You could say the entire film was built around his opera, Noye’s . . . more »

The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by coffeecritic

Benjamin Britten Amid all the hoopla over the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, both born in 1813, it was easy to overlook the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten, born November 22, 1913. Although not nearly as well known, if you’ve seen Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom, you’ve heard quite a bit of his music. You could say the entire film was built around his opera, Noye’s . . . more »

It Has Arrived

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by coffeecritic

If you've seen my blog "Who's Afraid of Modern Opera?" you know that I've been anxiously awaiting the dvd release of San Francisco Opera's Moby Dick. Well, it has arrived! you can check it out here: Moby-Dick Now, I'm waiting for a dvd release of Dolores Claiborne, the opera adapted from the Stephen King novel which premiered this season at San Francisco Opera. You can . . . more »

It Has Arrived

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by coffeecritic

If you've seen my blog "Who's Afraid of Modern Opera?" you know that I've been anxiously awaiting the dvd release of San Francisco Opera's Moby Dick. Well, it has arrived! you can check it out here: Moby-Dick Now, I'm waiting for a dvd release of Dolores Claiborne, the opera adapted from the Stephen King novel which premiered this season at San Francisco Opera. You can . . . more »

Verdi Flash Mob!

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 by coffeecritic

Verdi caricature It's Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial and there have been celebrations going on all year. People are gathering at Verdi monuments all over the world to honor him with impromptu renditions of "Va pensiero", the stirring choral work from his opera Nabucco. Actually, the first Verdi flash mob took place in 1901, when crowds in the street broke into "Va, pensiero" during his funeral procession. As you . . . more »

Verdi Flash Mob!

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 by coffeecritic

Verdi caricature It's Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial and there have been celebrations going on all year. People are gathering at Verdi monuments all over the world to honor him with impromptu renditions of "Va pensiero", the stirring choral work from his opera Nabucco. Actually, the first Verdi flash mob took place in 1901, when crowds in the street broke into "Va, pensiero" during his funeral procession. As you . . . more »

The classical Grammy winners and nominees are here!

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 by coffeecritic

Metropolitan Opera Ring scene You may not have seen them on the televised Grammy awards, but you can check out the winners and nominated classical albums from the Santa Clara County Library: Der Ring des Nibelungen, winner Best opera recording Lulu, nominated for Best opera recording Harmonielehre, winner Best Orchestral Performance Here is a list of the classical Grammy nominees at the Santa Clara County Library. Top image from . . . more »

The classical Grammy winners and nominees are here!

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 by coffeecritic

Metropolitan Opera Ring scene You may not have seen them on the televised Grammy awards, but you can check out the winners and nominated classical albums from the Santa Clara County Library: Der Ring des Nibelungen, winner Best opera recording Lulu, nominated for Best opera recording Harmonielehre, winner Best Orchestral Performance Here is a list of the classical Grammy nominees at the Santa Clara County Library. Top image from . . . more »