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Wednesday
Aug172016

OperaNow! #258: Best One Yet?

Hey Munich: You're wrong about The Exterminating Angel...Singers gather around to create a better experience...San Diego Opera asks the community what they want...New marquee goes up at opera house in Travers City.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Kevin Kees and Roberta.

Reader Comments (7)

I've actually been in the Traverse City Opera House, a beautiful small theater, maybe 800 capacity... and it could use a marquee or something to mark the doors, a plaque next to the entry isn't quite enough... thanks for the Rake's Progress segment... Oliver Rules! Two more, two more... *sigh*

September 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKenny

You piqued my interest in the Traverse City Opera House with your *smiley-face* news item... so I checked out their website... not a lot of opera in the Opera House... maybe it's an 'Opera House' in the Wild Wild West tradition... so I dropped a line to the Executive Director and gently inquired about whether Opera was ever featured at the house... she replied that last year they had the 'Rising Stars of the Met' tour. Lots of $$$ in Traverse City, vacation destination for many, so I suppose an 'Opera House' is a cultural necessity...

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKenny

OK - admittedly I'm a fickle listener and just now discovered while listening to this episode on a long car ride that the series will end. Have enjoyed it over the last few years. Love the freewheeling and unfiltered style. One quick point on the Rake's Progress excerpt - that low woodwind instrument is a clarinet - definitely not a bassoon. (I'm a bassoonist)
Especially loved the ending of this episode with Michael's uncontrollable laughter at the suggestion that this was the best one yet!
Best of luck in all future endeavors...

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLew

Thanks, Lew! Roberta and I have a long history and she can always crack me up.

September 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

Well, thanks for the shout-out at the end of your last episode. We're caught up with you now, so anytime you want to kickstart it, we're prepared.... you may proceed when ready. :-0

Inquiring ears are anxious to learn whether #260 is going to go out in grand opera style, or with a chamber opera whisper. I am hoping for the grand style, with a big dramatic exit, a true coup de theatre, but what notes will you guys and gals end on...

- the trio from Faust? one of you floats heavenwards while the rest of you don't... no, that's too cloying.
- the Commendatore scene - the most dramatic exit imaginable but can all of you fit through the trap door?
- Something nobody understands, like Don Carlo and Charles V, but that would be such a cop-out, really.
- the Liebestod? - too personal and besides, it's doesn't make sense without the second act, and that would make things really weird and uncomfortable for some.
- Siegfried's Funeral, Brunnhilde's Immolation, the ashes of Valhalla, the Redemption theme? That could work.

Or is Michael going to end with the biggest surprise of all: he secretly LOVES Fledermaus and always has, but only listens to it when nobody else is around, and he leaves us with his killer rendition of the Laughing Song.

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdave

I meant to ask Doug, did I hear him correctly somewhere in the last month (for us), or the last few years (for him), that he performed with the Lowell House Opera Society in Cambridge? Do they still perform them in the dining hall? Are the "dressing rooms" (ha ha) still in the basement near the laundry room? And... did the housemaster make a Scotch-n-soda inspired pre-show welcome and introduction?

I know it well, very well. My debut took place there: povero Buoso Donati. The following year, I helped build the sets and also made my vocal debut (wait for it...) in Fledermaus. And finally I finished my senior year in Die Lustigen Weibern von Windsor - which has some very nice stuff in it, by the way. Tried like hell to get out of that one though as my senior thesis was running behind and had stalled, due to a lack of interest on my part, but in the end I was talked into taking part. Nice chorus number at the beginning of the last act. Nice tenor aria in the 2nd act too.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Lew-- glad you enjoyed the episode and thanks for listening to the post-show chatter! I'm happy to know that Michael's laughter is proof that I still got it!!

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta

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