The Magnificent Inconvenience of Opera: Pittsburgh Opera’s Magic Flute

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Opera is a funny thing. It’s expensive to produce, and the stories are often some combination of outlandish, maudlin, silly, and implausible. Patrons get all gussied up and brave traffic and parking challenges in order to sit for several hours … Continue reading

Friday Nerdy Music Links: What’s With the Frogs?

Happy Friday, music nerds! In today’s nerdy music links, we go from the sublime to the ridiculous (but what else is new?), celebrating Chopin, the Monkees, and the best way to learn about Opera! Let’s leap right in! Where in … Continue reading

Friday Nerdy Music Links: Mardi Gras, Lent, & Elephants, Yeah!

Happy Friday, music nerds! It’s been a quiet week at Music Nerd Central, as McDoc and I both needed a little R’n’R after our respective travels. There was no gallivanting in the streets for us this Mardi Gras, though we … Continue reading

Ice, Beauty and Pants: All in a Boys’ Night Out

On Thursday last week, I got an email from a musical colleague about “Boys’ Night Out,” a chamber opera and art song performance happening the following evening at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston. It included works … Continue reading

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Cantata Singers Make Magic with English Choral Works

Cantata Singers Friday, January 14th Music of Elgar, Finzi, Holst and Vaughan Williams When you go to a Cantata Singers concert, you can always be assured that the programming will be interesting and the performance standards will be high. For … Continue reading

Music Marketing Madness!

Music Nerd Andy, who keep tabs on the classical scene in St. Louis and environs, passed along an offer from his home team, the St. Louis Symphony, along with this comment: Why can we sell Mahler tickets at a fraction … Continue reading

Naked and Singing, Making Life Worthwhile

Boston Symphony Orchesra featuring Bryn Terfel: Music of Richard Wagner, Saturday, October 1, 2010 Cantata Singers Chamber Series: Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sunday, October 2, 2010 I didn’t expect to find much of a common thread between the two … Continue reading

Boston Symphony Season Opener: Preview with Lolcats!

Boston Symphony Orchestra Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:00 pm Music of Richard Wagner, featuring Bryn Terfel, baritone Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston Tomorrow night, McDoc and I will get gussied up for a fancy shindig: the BSO season opener! … Continue reading

Opera Shorts in New York!

Well, music nerds, I know that experiments in human cloning are sort of frowned upon in most sectors, but dang it, I need more than one of me! I’m slated to attend two concerts here in Boston this weekend: the … Continue reading