Opera21 Submission Deadline!
The deadline is Monday, March 31st! The theme for the upcoming issue is “Race and Ethnicity in opera.” Be sure to send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org!!!5 notes
By Lina de la Torre
I attended the Portland Opera production of Salome recently. I had not seen the opera and I had mixed feelings about the experience prior to the performance. I had listened to the music ahead of time and wondered if I would like the opera as I have tended to prefer a more lyrical style of music and the score by Richard Strauss is rarely melodic, almost dissonant at times. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the score somehow, oddly fits perfectly with this biblical story that has been revamped to modern times thanks to the German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. In fact, the music feels so modern even today that it is hard to believe the opera is more than 100 years old. I can only imagine the reaction that the audiences must have had in 1905 when it was first presented.
The documentary won an oscar! Congrats to the team for documenting this incredible musician’s story!
We will be doing a special summer issue dedicated to opera house orchestras, and we will be doing a big feature on the Metropolitan Orchestra! We’ll have the chance to interview a couple of Met Orchestra musicians, and we want our readers to send us nominations for interviewees. You can go click here for a list of musicians in the orchestra.
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1. The next deadline is February 15th. The topic is Disease & Opera. Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Guidelines for submissions can be found here.
2. In 2014, we be publishing bi-monthly (every two months, the even months).
3. We are hosting a concert/performance in New York City, probably sometime in the fall. It will be at a bar, and we will be featuring some composers and singers from Tumblr. If you are interested in participating, we will be posting details soon.18 notes
Somebody asked the Opera21 panel to recommend people to follow on Twitter. We came up with a list of great singers to follow on Twitter. We will post the list of non-singing opera Twitterati soon!