Articles

03/07/2019 - 3:14pm EST by
Daron Aric Hagen
“You know what I like about your opera?” a stage hand at McCaw Hall said to me when I was introduced to the crew during Amelia’s first authorial walkabout there in 2010. Shaking his hand, I was... Read More
03/22/2018 - 6:44am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Recently, I spent an afternoon with art at The Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. It is a private collection of impressionist and modern art, and mostly works by Renoir and Cézanne. It is wonderful... Read More
11/27/2017 - 12:58pm EST by
Daron Aric Hagen
Lukas Foss told me once (by way of justifying his reorchestrating of parts of Beethoven’s Eroica prior to a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra rehearsal he was conducting) that, as far as he was concerned... Read More
10/06/2013 - 6:24am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
I haven't had the opportunity to hear cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) in a live concert. A good colleague of mine attended his concerts and described a scene where this big Russian man would... Read More
03/11/2013 - 1:13pm EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
MET competition winners from Philadelphia include Soprano Sydney Mancasola (AVA), bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis). I work with all three artists, so yes,... Read More
03/04/2013 - 2:01pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This is where it gets interesting. Met Grand Finals concert is really not about winning the competition. It is about getting on industry radar. Opera companies' bosses around the country are... Read More
03/03/2013 - 4:35pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
It is a treat when a famed stage director Tito Capobianco brings his magic to AVA. On the first hearing, I discovered a moving and beautiful opera by Massenet. Yes, as AVA faculty I am bias, but... Read More
02/17/2013 - 9:59pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Recently re-branded Opera Philadelphia is definitely on the rise. The latest production of "Silent Night" by Kevin Puts, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, is a success with the Philadelphia audiences, and... Read More
02/17/2013 - 11:12am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
At age 98, Eleonor Sokoloff, piano pedagogue at the Curtis Institute of Music, is a major fan of Facebook and iPad. I have known Mrs. Sokoloff since I was a teenager auditioning to Curtis. I have... Read More
01/19/2013 - 12:54pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Congratulation to bass-baritone Musa Ngqunqwana (AVA), tenor Billy Davenport (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis) on advancing to semi-final round of Metropolitan Opera National Council... Read More

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