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October 11, 2018

One of my favorite projects I participate in as an independent arts professional is volunteering as part of Boston Lyric Opera's Hype Team. Below are my tweets from the final dress of their 2018-2019 season opener, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. By the end of the nig...

March 15, 2018

This week I had the opportunity again to live tweet the final dress rehearsal of a Boston Lyric Opera production as part of the Hype Team (Tweet Squad is dead, long live Hype Team)! This time around it's for Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera at the Huntington Theater.

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March 6, 2018

A while back, I wrote a couple installments worth of instructions for how to booze up your opera viewing/listening (if you missed it, check it out here and here). So we know what YOU will be drinking for your next night at the opera, but what’s filling the character’s...

March 5, 2018

As part of my work as Music Director at Stratford Street United Church, I've written several new hymns to reflect the philosophy we espouse there. As an art form, sacred music provides the same opportunities and setbacks as the other arts with such long histories and c...

January 31, 2018

It’s nearly Super Bowl Sunday, otherwise known to my musical colleagues as the day we smugly judge the singing of the National Anthem. Over the years there have been some out-of-of-the park (yes, I know I’m mixing my sports references now) performances – my personal fa...

January 31, 2018

 The libretto for Richard Strauss’s masterpiece Salome is based on a German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, originally written and performed in French. Since biblical plays were forbidden on the English stage, Wilde decided to write his play for a F...

January 31, 2018

As promised after the first popular post with opera and alcohol pairings, here are a few more couplings with complimentary flavors.

THE GREAT GATSBY & BRANDY ALEXANDER

So you’re in the mood for a living composer and pick John Harbison. For something so deliciously 1920s...

January 31, 2018

Last month in GQ, Ashley Fetters wrote about the rise of the “Rage Donation” – a phenomenon over the past few months where mostly members of the middle class have channeled their anger at the current state of the world into donations to organizations fighting the good...

January 31, 2018

Some time ago, I had a thought: “How great would it be to always have a coordinating beverage at the opera?” Ever since, I’ve made a hobby of thinking up thematic pairings of opera and drink. Here are a few of my favorites (and yes, I’ve tested most of them out while l...

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