Tag Archives: Opera

New Seattle Opera Blog Guest Post

Be sure to check out my new guest posting over at the Seattle Opera blog, Seattle Ring 2009: A New Wotan for the Ages. In it I share my thoughts on Greer Grimsley as Wotan, what his portrayal tells us about this year’s cycle, and how I’ve seen a new Wotan in this production.

Check it out, and my thanks to the Seattle Opera for letting me guest post.

It’s Wagner Season

I’ve been offline a bit but it seems appropriate to do a short post announcing with great joy that it’s time to celebrate another week of greed, murder, incest, destruction, loss and, finally, the end of the world.

Yes, dear reader, it’s Wagner season! The Seattle Opera has started their first cycle in the most recent of their every-four-year cycles.

Last night began with an excellent staging of Das Rheingold. Tonight we move on to the lovely, and poignant Die Walküre.

We actually kicked off the season last Sunday by attending a preview performance of Das Barbecü at ACT Theater which is a wonderful, light filling-in of details in Götterdammerung in country-western musical style.

I’ll also be doing some guest postings over at the Seattle Opera Blog. And it looks like I’ll have the opportunity to be interviewed by Zach Carstensen over at the Gathering Note blog during Götterdammerung. I’ll be posting links here to those as they go live.

Should be a good week.

Opera Crash Course

Many, many years ago I saw a video short that boiled down all the great operas into 10 minutes. When I first saw it, I was struck by the running body count in the lower right screen and the way the narrator highlighted all the murder, mayham and rampant immorality that was being shown.

I only saw it once, but I remembered it clearly and was always hoping to see it again. Of course, in the intervening years, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called.

Then, a couple of years ago, the Internet stepped in and I was able to FINALLY find the name of the short: All the Great Operas in 10 Minutes. Even better, I was able to find contact information for the woman who made this up in Canada. I got in touch with her and was soon the proud owner of a VHS tape with the coveted short.

My wife and I would trot it out for friends every now and again, but I’ve always been sparing in using the tape: it is afterall a rare treasure.

So, I was happy to see that the Internet has gifted me once again in regards to this lovely short. I found it up on YouTube yesterday.

And so now I can watch this anywhere, anytime, and not have to worry about wearing the tape out.

If nothing else, the Internet has turned out to be a boon in terms of finding lost or hard to find items.