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Posts for October 2011
1. SUPER VILLAINS: THE BEST OF THE BAD GUYS (AND GALS) Magneto, Sweeney Todd, Joker, Green Goblin, The Queen of the Night. The list is long and meaty...
To further celebrate the birthday of Franz Liszt, I thought I'd share some of the photos I took during my visit to his home, which has been converted into a small museum in Bayreuth, Germany. You can press play below to watch the slideshow, or follow this link to see the gallery with captions.
There was no flash photography allowed in the museum, so please disregard the poor quality of some of the images.
So this is what happens at New York Fashion Week...
I love the sound of Diana Damrau's voice. I'm less than pleased with the way our names look strikingly similar and how close our voice types are, but I digress. This week we're celebrating the birth of a brilliant composer, a virtuosic pianist who has made history for both his music and for the size of his huge hands and feet. This week we say Happy Birthday to Franz Liszt. What better way to celebrate the man than with a sumptuous recording of some of his vocal music sung by the scintillating soprano Diana Damrau and accompanied on the piano by the masterful Helmut Deutsch.
Diana's latest album, thoughtfully titled "Lizst Lieder" is now available for order in Germany. Fortunately you can also purchase the digital album from Amazon. Not sure if this recording is for you? You can sample the album online.
Operanation 8: A Muse Ball is happening Friday, October 21, 2011. This year the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio fundraiser has chosen "the Muse" as it's theme, and has created a teaser website called The Daily Muse which features notable designers, industry insiders, film and media notables, and members of the Canadian Opera Company talking about their Muses and personal inspiration. Operanation will showcase Canadian fashion designs and custom made garments from Calla (by Calla Haynes), Joeffer Caoc, Greta Constantine (by Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong), Arthur Mendonça and Ashley Rowe. These designers have created garments that reflect the personal muses of the design house, presented in the form of a fashion installation curated by RAC Boutique, with shoes provided by Holt Renfrew.
Now that fashion has been covered, let's get to the music. Rufus Wainwright will be headlining the evening and there will be a special performance by Austra in collaboration with soprano Ambur Braid and baritone Adrian Kramer, two rising opera stars from the COC’s Ensemble Studio. I love the mix of popular and opera.
Tickets to this magical night of dancing, rousing live entertainment and specialty food and drink are $150 per person, and are on sale at operanation.ca or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.
Cecily Carver, the Social Media Guru at the COC has posted a series of behind the scenes photos from the poster shoot on the COC blog. Check out my gallery below for a selection of those photos. Cecily's original post can be seen on the Parlando blog.
All photos courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company - © Canadian Opera Company 2011
Tagged with: rufus wainwright, Canadian Opera Company, Ensemble Studio, Operanation, A Muse Ball, Austra
NYTimes Report of his death
This concert will take place on October 31, 2011 at the Merkin Concert Hall, New York City.
Tagged with: New York City, concert, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra, Angela Meade, Renata Scotto
Diana Di Mauro and Mark S. Doss - Photo by Charles Leonio
In the third part of my interview with Mark S. Doss I tried to have some fun with him, asking a series of short answer questions. We talked about his idols, favourite performers, and his aspirations. He told me about the difficulty involved with being an opera singer and how his work has changed over the last twenty-five years.
Thanks again Mark!
Please enjoy the last installment of my three part interview with Mark S. Doss, filmed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Tagged with: Interview, advice, singing, opera, technique, Canadian Opera Company, Mark S. Doss, Iphigenie
Mark S. Doss and Diana Di Mauro - Photo by Charles Leonio
In this second clip with Mark S. Doss, the focus is on singing and the technical demands of performing operatic repertoire. I asked him about how he trained and maintains his voice, and he sang me a few impromptu high notes. Mark loves his technology, and mentions a few singer friendly Apps while we talked about everything from the musical score, to solfeggio and scales.
Please enjoy part two of my three part interview with Mark S. Doss, filmed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Tagged with: singing, teachers, opera, technique, Exercises, Canadian Opera Company, Mark S. Doss
Mark S. Doss and Diana Di Mauro - Photo by Charles Leonio
After months of work, I'm finally ready to reveal the latest addition to Art Life and Stilettos. I will be featuring video interviews and features on artists and events alongside my coverage and musings on all things artistic, fashionable and opera related. My first interview features bass baritone Mark S. Doss, the wonderful singer who is performing this month as Thoas in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride at the Canadian Opera Company. It is a three part interview discussing Mark's work, his role preparation and life as an opera singer. Mark is a really interesting individual with many stories to tell and decades of experience in the industry. His sense of style (love the pocket square), matches his his rich and powerful voice perfectly, and it was a real treat having the opportunity to sit down and chat with him. Go hear him in Iphigenie this month while you can.
What I had intended to be a short interview, grew into a three-part introspective feature on Mark and his work. In this first part Mark talked to me about his current role as Thoas in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride at the Canadian Opera Company before talking about other Kings and larger than life characters from other operas. From the devil to John the Baptist, Mark has played a huge variety of larger than life characters. He also told me a bit about his life before he became an opera singer, which had little to do with music.
Please enjoy part one of my three part interview with Mark S. Doss, filmed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto.
Tagged with: Interview, Bass, opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glück, Mark S. Doss, Four Seasons Centre, baritone, Thoas
Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni.
Photo by Nick Heavican © 2011 The Metropolitan Opera.
The Met Opera is going through a transitional phase at the moment, since Fabio Luisi was named principal conductor last month, and musical director (and previous principal conductor) James Levine has been pulling out of performances due to health problems. It seems like a matter of time before Luisi takes over the reigns completely. He's getting the opportunity to oversee the newest productions debuting this fall, including "Siegfried" which forms part of Wagner's Ring Cycle, which has been slowly unfolding since last season, and on Thursday he will conduct a brand-spanking new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, directed by Tony award winner Michael Grandage.
How will it all pan out? Will Luisi be able to fill the void left by Levine? Only time will tell. What I want to know is if this new production of Don Giovanni has any staying power. I've seen it performed many times under many guises but have yet to really connect with a particular direction. Yes, this is a story about a womanizing, sex-addicted rascal named Don Giovanni and his wingman sidekick Leporello. Yes, this the women are taken advantage of and either submit or seek revenge. Yes, this is a morality play where Don Giovanni must finally come face to face with his demons. There's a lot of drama and farce to work with in such a well thought out plot. Perhaps Michael Grandage can produce something worth sticking to.
Tagged with: tony award, Don Giovanni, The Met Opera, Fabio Luisi, Michael Grandage, James Levine
Photos by Diana Di Mauro
Last weekend was Nuit Blanche, and I wanted to share some of the amazing, interesting and provocative art that I saw. I pretty much stayed on Queen St. West. The best art I saw was the giant balloon Ring Leader who watched over the entrance of the Drake Hotel, and the Clowns and Burlesque dancers entertaining guests at the Gladstone Hotel. Here's my first photostream for your entertainment!
Tagged with: photos, nuit blanche, burlesque, 2011, The Drake Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel, Queen St West, All Night Art Thing
I'll be out exploring the city tonight and trying not to freeze. If you're at Nuit Blanche tonight, you can tweet me any interesting exhibits or just say hi at @artlifestilettos. I have some links to event guides and washroom locations on my twitterfeed as well, so check it out. Happy Arting!