OPERA NEWS – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

OPERA NEWS – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


What I did on my summer, well er, “vacation”…

September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Zaide , KV 344
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor – Gary Thor Wedow
Director – James Marvel
Scenic Design – Erhard Rom
Projection Design-Katy Tucker
Costume Design – Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design – Robert H. Grimes
Wigs & Makeup – Elsen Associates

The Turk in Italy
Music by Gioacchino Rossini
Conductor – Eric Melear
Director – Gregory Keller
Scenic Design – Erhard Rom
Costume Design – Alejo Vietti
Lighting Design – Robert H. Grimes
Wigs & Makeup – Elsen Associates

Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Conductor – Steven Osgood
Director – Patrick Diamond
Scenic Design – Erhard Rom
Costume Design – Camille Assaf
Lighting Design – Robert H. Grimes
Hair & Makeup  – Elsen Associates

The Grammys!

February 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

A good reason to post to my blog, again.

December 6, 2009 § 1 Comment

The Wolf Trap Opera Company Honored With GRAMMY Nomination for Recording of John Musto's Volpone

Comic Opera Unfaithfully Based on Ben Jonson's Classic Comedy Nominated in 'Best Opera Recording' Category

VIENNA, Va., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts proudly announces a GRAMMY nomination in the category of 'Best Opera Recording' for Volpone, a piece commissioned by the Foundation and performed by the organization's nationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera Company. Unfaithfully based on Ben Jonson's 17th century comedy, this new opera revives the great tradition of comic opera through the eyes and minds of composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell. Volpone is the only U.S. opera recording nominated, John Musto is the only American composer in this category, and Volpone is the only 21st-century work represented.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091204/DC21287 )

Recorded at The Barns at Wolf Trap, Volpone was conceived, written and designed specifically for the intimate 375-seat historic theater. This production represents a truly integrated Wolf Trap effort, featuring cast members from the opera company's 2007 summer residency program, CD booklet design by Foundation staff, and an independent release via the burgeoning Wolf Trap Recordings label. The recording is available for purchase via, iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

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Where does it say that the government can take over private business or health care?

August 20, 2009 § 1 Comment

Key Constitutional Grants
of Powers to Congress

Article I, Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for  the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. 

Article IV, Section 3

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Amendment XVI
(Ratified February 3, 1913.)

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

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Low budget front yard makeover.

August 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

The trees have gotten so big that what used to be grass turned into a shady dustbowl. Something had to be done.


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Wolf Trap Recordings latest release: Volpone

July 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

Wolf Trap Opera Company
Volpone (Double Cd)

© 2009 Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (700261273341)

Originally commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Musto's Volpone appears on The Wall Street Journal's "Best New Operas" list and was proclaimed "a masterpiece" by The Washington Post in 2004.

Three years later, an entirely new cast and production (directed by Peter Kazaras with Sara Jobin, conductor) has made its own mark, opening to a packed house and causing The Washington Post to proclaim that, "Truly funny operas, like Volpone, are rare these days. In a world that tends to regard comedies as second-class works of art, Volpone stands out not only for its humor but also its brilliant marriage of words and music."

Recorded live before an audience at the historic Barns at Wolf Trap, this recording captures all the humor and excitement  of the 2007 production.

Available at CDBaby.com

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