FEATURE | Remembering Sir John Tavener
A special guest post by Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, on his personal memories of composer and friend Sir John Tavener...
EDITORIAL | Opera Gets The Limelight On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, But Does It Matter?
Did the appearance by Pretty Yende on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert foster any new opera fans, or was this just wishful thinking?
SCHMOPERA | Remounts and the Deadly Game of Operatic Telephone
This week, I'm helping out on a remount production of Semele. I first worked on it in 2012 during my time in the COC Ensemble Studio, and this March, Zhang Huan's Semele is heading to the Brooklyn Academy of Music...
FEATURE | Performance Coaching: Putting “Right” Back In Stage Fright
Participants arrived at Lisa Chisholm’s presentation on performance anxiety with scary memories, but were relaxed by the end of it. Part one of two in our series on stage fright.
Soundstreams’ “Encore” curates a cultural experience without bounds
Over time, with sufficient interactions and conversations, we come to discern and trust the taste of certain individuals and groups. This is the basis for word-of-mouth marketing, and not the soap-box-in-the-square method that has become synonymous with online social media platforms. Where is the space for thoughtful recommendations, the kind akin to an exchanged between friends, in a world where we have less and less one-on-one time?
ESSAY | Thoughts On The Passing Of Keith Emerson
The world is now a little less musical with the passing of progressive rock icon Keith Emerson.
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | The Happy Birthday Copyright Fiasco – A Summary and Some Questions
Should songs such as Happy Birthday, which play an important role in our cultural traditions and ceremonies, ever be subject to copyright?
SCHMOPERA | Is the Cost of a Music Degree Ethical?
I loved my time in university. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded with everything I needed to do exactly what I wanted: make music, listen to music, scour libraries for music, nerd out about music. I even found like-minded friends, and our relationships grew out of our mutual love of our work. I still remember those inspiring times, even when I look back with exasperation on the disproportionate amount of training for the amount of payback (financial and otherwise)...