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Ep. 178: Maria Callas Course Promo Episode
How did Maria Callas become a household name, and what happens when a singer’s vocal powers diminish? Who were Maria Callas’s contemporaries, and what stars have carried on her vocal legacy?
Today lecturer Matthew Timmermans discusses Maria Callas and the Metropolitan Opera Guild Online Learning course that aims to examine these enduring questions about La Divina herself.
Ep. 177: Opera in England Part II
Known for operatic works such as Peter Grimes, Turn of the Screw, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten drastically modernized opera in England, evolving it to become incredibly important in the operatic canon. Today on the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, lecturer Dr. Naomi Perley will explore why the works of Benjamin Britten have had such tremendous popularity.
Ep. 176: Die Frau ohne Schatten Talking About Opera
“Die Frosch” is the German word for “The Frog.” While Strauss may have playfully given this unfavorable nickname to Die Frau Ohne Schatten due to the many difficulties in staging the opera, he also regarded it as one of his greatest achievements, saying “it has succeeded nevertheless and has made a deep impression ... and music lovers, in particular, consider it to be my most important work.” On today’s episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, pianist Brian Zeger takes a closer look at this staple of the operatic repertoire.
Ep. 175: Opera in England Part I
John Blow, Thomas Arne, Henry Purcell, and George Fredric Handel all had great success composing in England. They all also have music strongly associated with British Monarchy - Blow, Arne, and Purcell all wrote Coronation Anthems and Arne wrote: “Rule Britannia”. Today we present the first of a two-part series on Opera in England. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, Stuart Holt explores these four composers in early British operatic history.
Ep. 174: Jazz and Opera Part II with Deidre Bird
Featuring jazz rhythms, blues, banjos, and African American spirituals, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess challenged pre-existing notions of what an American opera could be. Although Porgy and Bess has a complicated history, Gershwin’s innovative music has had a lasting impact on opera. I’m your host, Stuart Holt, and on today’s episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, lecturer Deidre Bird will explore how jazz played a role in making Porgy and Bess such a successful work.
Many thanks to composer and performer Matt Herskowitz for his gracious contribution of an entirely original and improvised cadenza for this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's podcast - www.mattherskowitzpiano.com
Ep. 173: Jazz and Opera Part I with Deidre Bird
In recent years, DiDonato, Racette, and Upshaw have all released jazz albums, such as Songplay, Diva on Detour, and Winter Morning Walks. Sometimes we think that singers are either categorized as opera singers, or as singers of popular music, including jazz. However, these two genres are actually very closely linked together and share a lot of similarities. I’m your host, Stuart Holt, and on today’s episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, lecturer Deidre Bird will discuss how aspects of jazz, such as improvisation, have also had a long-standing history in other forms of vocal music.
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Confirmation bias. Episode on Maria Callas by a pompous expert. Once I spoke with the wife of a Met tenor who sang with Maria Callas; she told me her husband said that Renata Tibaldi was the better contemporary soprano. All statements are opinions; I, too, am a Callas fan.
Renata Scotto, too, was a Diva to respect for her gifts to Italian opera. My singing maestro, a retired tenor centenarian, was singing at the Edinburgh festival and was giving a ticket by his friend to hear Callas sing. He went. She did not show, and was replaced by a young soprano who made her debut, Renata Scotto. He told me that at that moment “Renata Scotto out-Callased Callas”.
The presenter and expert speaks to the rich Met fans who are bored and spend their money on his opinions. And he adds critical race theory and social justice in his lecture: if he is a crusader for social justice—advocate that the wealthy pay more taxes. A few billionaires advocate for tax equity. An expert preaching in luxury to the wealthy—and getting their money. Flatter the cows to milk them. How transparent to me.
Maria Callas is a lightening rod. Don’t tap & pocket her electricity.
What an informative podcast: Tosca. September is my learn about Opera month and I have done so with your episode 156! Thank you!