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A Way for Artists to Live
Catherine LaceyThe New York Times
The bedroom was no wider than a subway car, painted Q-train yellow, and had a window facing a construction site that jackhammered at all hours. But I couldn’t wait to move in. I’d answered a Craigslist ad to join a new communal home, and though I wasn’t sure I was the communal-home type, I was also in a phase of reconsidering what type of person I might be. My six housemates planned to open a collectively owned and operated bed-and-breakfast in our building. If our projected costs and occupancy rates were correct (and if the jackhammering would let up), each partner would work 10 to 15 hours a week at the co-op to cover our rent, utilities and shared groceries, freeing up time to pursue the low-to-zero-pay projects we all had in music, art, education and writing.
John Shirley-Quirk, a Bass-Baritone and Specialist in Britten, Is Dead at 82
Margalit FoxThe New York Times
John Shirley-Quirk, a British chemistry teacher who almost by accident became a world-renowned bass-baritone, performing at the Metropolitan Opera and becoming known as an interpreter of Benjamin Britten, died on April 7, in Bath, England. He was 82.
Justin Long to Costar With Renée Fleming in Living on Love at Williamstown Theatre Festival
Hayley Levitt Theater Mania
Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced additional casting for its 2014 main stage summer season.
Mark Morris Prepares for World Premiere of ACIS AND GALATEA
Stephen RaskauskasBroadway World: Opera
This weekend, as we all overload on sugar and attend the obligatory Passion performance, Mark Morris is getting ready to unveil his latest opus. His new production of Handel's ACIS AND GALATEA, one of the most beloved English language operas, has its world premiere next week at Cal Performances, Berkeley (April 25 - 27), before traveling to Celebrity Series of Boston (May 15-18) for its East Coast premiere.
San Diego Opera Board Meeting Leads To Shake Up In Leadership
Angela Carone | KPBSinewsource.org
A meeting of the San Diego Opera’s board of directors Thursday resulted in a shakeup in the organization’s top leadership spots. Board President Karen Cohn walked out of the meeting along with a group of other members. Another board member told KPBS that Cohn had resigned. Board member Faye Wilson also walked out early, as did opera director Ian Campbell. According to sources who did not wish to be named, roughly 30 of the board’s 50 members remain active with the group.
Pearl Rising Up-and-coming opera star Lee Poulis on his role in the Fort Worth Opera's The Pearl Fishers.
Gregory Sullivan IsaacsTheater Jones
The Fort Worth Opera is a lot like an operatic fortuneteller who can actually show you the future. The singers they bring are the ones that will be the major stars in the coming decades. 
A topical theme for a company which is far from typical
Roz LawsBirmingham Post
Birmingham Opera Company is known for its unusual productions. Roz Laws discovers how its latest does not disappoint
Looking Back at Life The director of With Blood With Ink at Fort Worth Opera talks about the work and her career onstage, including Broadway.
Gregory Sullivan IsaacsTheater Jones
What does the title With Blood, With Ink conjure in your operatic imagination? Some freedom fighter/author like Andréa Chenier? Maybe the doomed playwright Rodolfo in La Bohème? Probably not the life of a Baroque-era feminist nun, but that is the basis for the new opera that opens on Sunday, April 20, as part of the exciting Fort Worth Opera Festival.
Opera Singer's Comedic Aria Livens Up Paris Subway for Commuters (Video)
Alex HeiglPeople Magazine
Opera singer Christophe Ménager likes to liven up the Paris subway with arias. This video captures him performing a comic selection for daily commuters. 
Sondra Radvanovsky tackles opera's Triple Crown
Trish CrawfordToronto Star
With Canadian Opera Company’s Roberto Devereux, opening April 25, Radvanovsky will have sung all three Donizetti queens, including Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda
#Opera in 140 characters
Vaishna RoyThe Hindu
I attended a very interesting show last week. Performed by the students of the KM Music Conservatory (part of the A.R. Rahman Foundation) the evening could have taught a thing or two to many of the city’s established theatre companies.
Of the Highest Order
Teresa MarreroTheater Jones
Can a 17th century New World nun—a child born out of wedlock, later hailed as an intellectual genius and eventually suffocated under the Catholic Church and the Spanish crown’s patriarchy—still resonate culturally and artistically today, 500 years later? Yes, so much so that two stage productions about her in the Fort Worth-Dallas area open this weekend.
Dallas Opera Announces Ten Finalists for 2014 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year; Ceremony Set for 5/22
StaffBroadway World
Ten artists have been nominated and thousands of subscribers will soon be casting their vote for this year's winner of the prestigious "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year" Award. 
MOOCs for Arts Managers
Caroline BrentArts Management & Technology Laboratory - Carnegie Mellon
Since their introduction in 2008, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have popped up on myriad online platforms and offered through hundreds of institutions. Some arts organizations, like the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History, have started to supplement their educational programming with MOOCs. While this has yet to become a widespread practice, it could prove beneficial to many arts organizations.
National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It's Beautiful
Zak Cheney-RicePolicyMic
It's no secret that interracial relationships are trending upward, and in a matter of years we'll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race. But what will we look like? National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this very question last October, calling on writer Lise Funderburg and Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation's multiracial future.
Stephanie Blythe pays tribute to Kate Smith in 'We'll Meet Again'
Ross AmicoNJ.com
When mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe takes the stage of the McCarter Theatre Center’s Matthews Theatre on Monday, she will do so not only as a custodian of the Great American Songbook, but also as an advocate for one the most galvanizing personalities of radio’s Golden Age.
A Singer without a Pedigree Gives a Life and Death Performance
Greg HettmansbergerMadison Magazine
As soon as you meet baritone Michael Mayes all you can see is what a genuine, warm guy he is. He’s a lot like his dog, Pete, who has made the trip to Madison with him for Madison Opera’s season-ending production of Dead Man Walking at the end of this month.
8 tech tools every nonprofit should use
Timothy HoustonInsightNews.com
With an estimated 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States alone, nonprofits help with everything from ending local hunger, advocating literacy, and other essential services that help build strong community. Yet for all their diversity, nonprofits share many of the same needs. Here are eight useful tech websites that nonprofits can use to stay organized, funded, and in the public eye. 
Ft. Sheridan girl lands understudy role in Lyric Opera’s ‘Sound of Music’
Linda BlaserLake Forester
Most 11-year-olds have busy after school schedules, but few involve rehearsing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago six days a week. Spunky Sophie Varones of Ft. Sheridan landed the role as understudy to Brigitta von Trapp in the Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic, “The Sound of Music,” which will be performed Friday, April 25, through Sunday, May 25. Her first professional performance is a dream for Sophie, who puts the world-famous musical at the top of her list of favorite movies. Before this, the fifth-grader at Lake Forest Country Day School acted locally with The Performer’s School in Highwood, The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park and at the Performing Arts Summer Theatre Academy in Lake Forest.
Opera great Frederica von Stade stars in ‘A Coffin in Egypt’
John FarrellLA Daily News
“A Coffin in Egypt” is the inaugural opera for the nearly brand-new Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, and it says something about the intentions of the Annenberg producers that they are offering a West Coast premiere for the first time out.
Direction in Philip Glass's "Orphee"
Elizabeth BloomPittsburgh Post-Gazette
I had a great conversation today with Sam Helfrich, the stage director of the Pittsburgh Opera production of Philip Glass's "Orphee." Mr. Helfrich is no stranger to Pittsburgh. He directed a staged production of Handel's "Messiah" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2011, as well as two operas ("Eugene Onegin" and "The Turn of the Screw") and an American scenes concert with Pittsburgh Opera.

"Orphee" uses as its source material the Jean Cocteau film of the same name, itself inspired by the Greek myth Orpheus. The libretto is hewn directly from the film's French script. Mr. Helfrich described the movie as "breathtakingly beautiful," and he has seen it roughly 20 times. Still, when crafting the direction for this production – first staged at Glimmerglass in 2007 – he said he didn't want it to be at all like the film.
Plan In The Works To Save San Diego Opera
Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy PicoKPBS.org
The season is finished, and in two weeks the San Diego Opera is set to shutdown completely on April 29. That's the date the organization's board of directors set to cease operations. But at least two board members want to postpone and possibly avert the closing of the 49-year-old institution.
McDonald’s, opera, and the decline of western culture
Boyd CatheyCommunities Digital News
Last November, London’s The Daily Telegraph ran a slight piece about the efforts of a McDonald’s restaurant in Australia to deter rowdy teenagers from gathering there to party late at night.
Want to sing with Opera Theatre? Here's your chance
Sarah Bryan MillerSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
They're calling it the "First Annual," which is always dangerous. But Opera Theatre of St. Louis's first-ever "Spring Sing" is a great idea that could well take off.
Robopera: Boerum Hill opera combines androids and arias
Megan RieszBrooklyn Daily
Bow down to your new robot opera-lords. On April 22, a Boerum Hill theater will play host to a one-act opera featuring a futuristic world chock-full of biomorphic androids who perform menial household duties and have sex on command. The production should inspire some laughs, said the show’s artistic director, but it is also deadly serious.
James Levine: 'I doubted I'd ever make it back'
John AllisonThe Telegraph
When James Levine conducts Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera later this month, audiences in New York – and worldwide, thanks to 'The Met: Live in HD' cinema transmission on April 26 – will be witnessing something both routine and remarkable.
Classical grad in experimental opera concert
Victor DeRubeisItemLive.com
Lynn Classical graduate Tyler Gioacchini will be singing in an opera tonight at Salem State University, and he has absolutely no idea how the story will turn out. That’s just fine with him, since he’s going to be among the pioneers of a musical experiment in which the audience will determine the plot and the outcome. It’s called #SSUBuildsAnOpera, and Gioacchini and his castmates will team up with the Salem State Chamber Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Mary-Jo Grenfell, for an experience that’s believed to be the first of its kind anywhere.
Deals by the Incoming La Scala Chief Cause a Stir
Gaia Pianigiani and Rebecca SchmidThe New York Times
Alexander Pereira hasn’t even begun his first season as general manager of La Scala and his stewardship is already generating controversy. Mr. Pereira, who is scheduled to take over the Milan opera house on Oct. 1, signed an agreement to buy four productions for La Scala from the Salzburg Festival, where he is the director, without the approval of the Italian authorities, according to La Scala and the mayor of Milan.
Wearable tech gloves that will change the way we make music
Eileen BrownZDNet
Wearable technology meets the music industry in the form of these gloves. They include motion technology that helps you to get closer to the music that you want to make.
Board Meeting Leads To Shake Up In San Diego Opera Leadership
Angela CaroneKPBS.org

There appears to have been a shake-up in the leadership of the San Diego Opera.

Karen Cohn, the chair of the opera board, walked out of a board meeting being held Thursday afternoon at a La Jolla hotel. Another board member told KPBS that she had resigned. Board member Faye Wilson also walked out early, as did opera director Ian Campbell.

Board pursues steps to save the opera
Pam KragenSan Diego Union-Tribune
At a chaotic board meeting in La Jolla, president Karen Cohn resigns, is replaced by Carol Lazier.
Group hears ideas to save San Diego Opera
staffCBS8.com
There is late word Thursday that a meeting of the San Diego Opera board of directors ended in chaos. According to U-T San Diego, the board president stormed out of the private meeting about two hours after it started. There are also reports several board members have resigned.
Festival Opera: A Rare Holocaust Operatic Commemoration
Jason Victor SerinusSan Francisco Classical Voice
Festival Opera may be cash-strapped these days, but it’s hardly wanting for creative drive and acumen. 
Five highlights of the opera season
Robert HarrisThe Globe and Mail
Canadian Opera Company: Hercules

Director Peter Sellars takes a Sophoclean tragedy about a Greek hero, 
Class, Race, and Classical Music: the Debate
Tom ServiceThe Guardian
Important, this: a debate on Class, Race, and Classical Music hosted by London Music Masters at the English Speaking Union. Candace Allen (whose piece on this crucial subject you can read here), violinist Tai Murray, and LMM’s Executive Director, Rob Adediran, were the panelists who inspired a wide-ranging, controversial, and challenging debate. Up for discussion, among much else, were the idea of who classical music is for, why we think it’s so important for the whole of society to have access to it, and what the institutions of music education and musical excellence can do to become part of people’s lives in areas of economic impoverishment and communities who wouldn’t otherwise have access or opportunity to be involved in this music.
Twitter Rolls Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign
Stan SchroederMashable
Twitter is gradually rolling out a major redesign of user profiles, starting on Tuesday. The new look, which Twitter was testing in February, adds a lot more user information and several new features — and it looks quite similar to Facebook's user profiles. The new profile features a larger user photo and customizable header image. Twitter highlights your tweets that have the most engagement by displaying them slightly larger than the rest. You can also pin one of your tweets to the top of the page.
How Do I Get the Press to Cover My Company?
Maryam Banikarim and Maxine BédatFast Company
Sure, you are in love with your company, but you won't be successful unless you get noticed by the rset of the world -- and that starts with getting some coverage in the media. CMO of Gannett Maryam Banikarim and cofounder of fashion site Zady, Maxine Bédat answer this week's read question.
Could deal to save the opera be near?
Pam KragenSan Diego Union-Tribune
A sharply reduced budget, innovative programming and a list of donors who will step up if San Diego Opera’s current leaders are replaced might be enough to rescue the company from shutdown in two weeks, a board member said Tuesday. Carol Lazier, the San Diego Opera board member who pledged $1 million to save the company on April 4, said she and others will make that case to the full board on Thursday. She said she’s “hopeful” they can persuade the panel to grant a stay of execution.
The Met: What is to be done?
Dawn FataleParterreBox.com
Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure. Still, that list of major singers who enjoy productive ongoing relationship with the house has some pretty significant gaps.
Opera's 'Oscars'
Corinne RameyThe Wall Street Journal.
David Hyde Pierce and Joyce DiDonato Host the Opera News Awards
Closing an Opera With 'Dignity'
John M. EgerHuffington Post
After 49 years, the San Diego Opera announced a few weeks ago, it was closing its doors. Ian Campbell, the Opera's CEO and artistic director, said:

"The whole idea is to exit with dignity. ... Exiting with dignity is critical to us. This city doesn't need a bankrupt opera company."

This idea of closing "with dignity" was echoed by Karen Cohn, chairwoman of the San Diego Opera.
UT opera singers stage free, live performance
Kritika Pramod KulshresthaThe Daily Texan
A trip to the SFC Farmers’ Market East last Tuesday would have allowed shoppers to witness a free live opera performance by UT students. UT’s Butler Opera Center, in collaboration with the Austin Lyric Opera, stage a free performance of “The Elixir Project,” which is based off of Italian composer Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” at nine venues across Austin. The final performance will be at the Mexican American Cultural Center this Tuesday.
Opera hits high note with 70 auditioning for Project Puccini
Pam McKayRockhampton Morning Bulletin
CYNDI Thomson works in cartography.

She is hoping her latest vocal venture could map a new course for her artistic career.

The talented Rockhampton performer was among the first of more than 70 budding artists who auditioned for a prized role in the chorus of Opera Queensland's production of La bohème.
Teaching music is good for business and law students
Kathryn FehrmanSan Diego Source
There have been more articles recently about schools cutting arts and music budgets. As though music is expendable. As though we and our children can live without it.
Stop Blaming Philanthropists for the Opera and 2015 Meltdowns
Scott LewisVoice of San Diego
The other day, John Lamb at CityBeat wondered what happened to the San Diego Opera and whether it could be linked to what happened to Balboa Park Celebration Inc., the entity charged with putting on a grand party to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1915 Panama California Exposition.
How to Explain Social Networks to Non-Users (Without Making Them Feel Stupid)
Evan LePageHootSuite Blog
Moms are being unfairly maligned online. Posts promising to explain tech tools and trends are now too often framed as, “How would you explain this to your mom.” Examples include the widely circulated “Mom This is How Twitter Works,” to The New York Times’ recent post “How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Mom.” The “mom” character in these pieces is a demographic stand-in for unsophisticated users, but this ignores the reality of women and technology.
Utah Opera Hosts 13th Annual Children's Opera Showcase Tonight
Opera News desk staffBroadwayWorld.com
Utah Opera will give local elementary school students a chance to take the spotlight to perform original operas in a professional theatre. The thirteenth annual Children's Opera Showcase will take place Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 6:30 PM in the Jeanné Wagner Theatre located in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South).
GRINDR The Opera to Premiere at The West End Cabaret, 5/2-3
Opera News desk staffBroadwayworld.com
Libertine Idol Productions and Charles Czarnecki are presenting the world premiere of Erik Johannes von Ransom's GRINDR The Opera in concert on May 2nd and 3rd at The West End Cabaret, with direction by Rachel Klein. GRINDR is an unauthorized musical parody of the eponymous gay hook-up app that has sweepingly altered the course of modern gay intimacy.
Nicole Paiement: The Bright New Force of Opera Parallèle
Lisa HoustonSan Francisco Classical Voice
At a time when many performing organizations are struggling to stay afloat, and others are closing their doors altogether, there’s a young company in town gaining momentum: Opera Parallèle (or OP). It has found that audiences appreciate the opportunity to see modern works that are rarely performed or brand new, with high musical standards and casts composed of world-class singers. The company’s success is a reflection of its founder, artistic director, and conductor Nicole Paiement’s commitment to taking contemporary opera to the wider audience she so deeply feels it deserves. Paiement is a guest conductor with companies such as Dallas Opera and Washington National Opera, and is on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UC Santa Cruz. As the director of the Blueprint Series at the Conservatory, she is actively involved in the commission and execution of new works. Later this month, she will conduct a new production of a double bill of Kurt Weil’s Mahagonny Songspiel [(1927) and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Terésias (1944) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In June, the company will present the American premiere of Anya 17, by British composer Andrew Gorb, which contains a plot having to do with sex trafficking in the European Union. 
5 Myths About the Opera
Eduard SchmiegeVoice of San Diego
The future of the San Diego Opera hangs in the balance, and there’s been no shortage of speculation on the causes and implications of such a loss. But in reporting those circumstances, the media has helped perpetuate five myths, represented as facts. Let’s address them here, and dispense with them once and for all.

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