Saxophone Solos in Romantic Operas and Ballets, videos for 3/6/2021 presentation

Hamlet (1868)- Ambroise Thomas The Metropolitan Opera, 2010 Sylvia (1876)- Léo Delibes Opéra National de Paris, 2005 Hérodiade (1881)- Jules Massenet Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), 1984 Werther (1892)- Jules Massenet Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna), 2015 Turandot (1926)- Giacomo Puccini Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, 2015 Teatro Communale Firenze (Florence, Italy) at the Forbidden City of Beijing,Continue reading “Saxophone Solos in Romantic Operas and Ballets, videos for 3/6/2021 presentation”

Nixon in China, streaming March 5-19 on Staatsoper Stuttgart

Tonight, the Staatsoper Stuttgart is streaming their 2019 production of John Adams’ 1987 opera, Nixon in China. You can watch the free stream of the opera by clicking on the link below. This opera will be available to watch from March 5-19. https://www.staatsoper-stuttgart.de/spielplan/a-z/nixon-in-china-online/ This surreal opera is based on Nixon’s 1972 trip to China. It’sContinue reading “Nixon in China, streaming March 5-19 on Staatsoper Stuttgart”

Watch the Joffrey’s Ballet new production of “Boléro”-now streaming through March 2nd

The Joffrey Ballet, located in Chicago, returns to the stage with a new production of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, now streaming through March 2nd. If you’re new to Boléro, Ravel’s score includes the tenor and soprano saxophone. The tenor saxophone solo starts at the 6:35 mark, followed by the soprano sax solo at the 7:25 minuteContinue reading “Watch the Joffrey’s Ballet new production of “Boléro”-now streaming through March 2nd”

Part 4: Modern productions of Jonny Spielt Auf, the Good, the Bad, and the Cringeworthy

In part 1, I show how blackface is a still a tradition used in modern opera productions. Part 2 covers the minstrel roots of Jonny Spielt Auf. Part 3 covers the Nazi reaction to Jonny Spielt Auf and how it became the face of Entartete Musik (degenerate music). With this problematic background, how modern operaContinue reading “Part 4: Modern productions of Jonny Spielt Auf, the Good, the Bad, and the Cringeworthy”

Part 3: How Jonny Spielt Auf became the face of Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) in the Third Reich

In Part 2, I covered how Jonny Spielt Auf is directly related to the American Minstrelsy and blackface traditions. But before we can get into the details of Nazi’s reaction to this opera, we have to cover the plot. From the poster and all material, it seems like the opera is centered on Jonny, theContinue reading “Part 3: How Jonny Spielt Auf became the face of Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) in the Third Reich”

Porgy and Bess: Streaming 2/1-2/2 at Met on Demand

Tonight, Met on Demand is streaming their 2020 performance of Porgy and Bess. This is the second time Metropolitan Opera staged the work, first in 1985 then this 2019-2020 production. Eric Owens and Angel Blue lead this production as Porgy and Bess. You can watch it here, starting at 7:30 on February 1st, 2021. ItContinue reading “Porgy and Bess: Streaming 2/1-2/2 at Met on Demand”