Opera

Old Songs Resung – Janice’s Labor of Love Concert

Hello, everyone – You are cordially invited to my concert on Sunday, November 12, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957). Many of you know that I have a passion for this composer’s vocal works. I am thrilled that my colleagues Martha Warren, Mark Andrew Cleveland, and Maxwell McGrath…

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Update: Tenor Maxwell McGrath

Max continues his climb to Local Tenor Stardom with his most recent success with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (www.portsmouthsymphony.org). On June 11 at the Music Hall (www.themusichall.org) in Portsmouth, Max made his debut with the PSO singing his signature aria, “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth. It was thrilling to hear Max sing with a full…

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The Next Best Job in Opera if You’re Not Onstage

Last weekend, I heard a very interesting piece on WNYC ‘s  informative program, “On the Media”. This episode was part of their “Day Jobs” series. I tuned in halfway through the program and was entranced by a young woman’s beautiful voice speaking about opera. Thanks to online streaming (!), I was able to listen to the entire 9…

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“21 Years at the Met”

No, sadly I am not referring to myself. This is the title of a presentation by a former Met violinist, Erica Miner, which I heard on Sunday, March 19, at the Boston Public Library. The full title of the presentation was “21 Years at the Met: How I Learned to Love the Ring.” This event was…

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How I Celebrate Black History Month

I have had a subscription to Opera News most of my life. This started back in the 1950s when my Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Ross, semi-pro classical singers and opera fans, initiated little Jan into the world of classical music and opera. I will be forever grateful for that. I have kept a few of…

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An Important Wagnerian Date

On this day in 1883, Richard Wagner passed away at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi (currently referred to as Palazzo Vendramin) in Venice (see my earlier post about visiting this site in June of 2016).  For those of us who love Wagner (count me in), this is a date to commemorate by listening to some of his sublime…

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Making a Video in my Studio

On Saturday, February 11, Max MGrath recorded a video for use with upcoming competitions. He recorded 3 opera arias, 2 musical theatre pieces, and a song by Kurt Weill. We are so grateful that the wonderful Elizabeth Blood was on hand to accompany, and Debora Cote of Ave Productions was the talented videographer. You can find contact…

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Janice and Cindy’s Cultural Venetian Adventure

In June of 2016, I spent a glorious week in Venice with my close friend and colleague Cindy Sadler. We had met in the 1990s while performing in Arizona Opera’s Ring Cycle. Cindy was the only artist who had appeared in all four operas (as Erde, Schwertleite, and First Norn), while I sang the role of Fricka…

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Brief Review of Met’s Romeo et Juliette

Last Saturday, 21 January 2016, my friend Anne Orio and I had a thoroughly delightful afternoon at the Live  from the Met HD broadcast of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Hooksett Cinemagic.  What could be more tragically beautiful than this story of doomed young lovers? I had only heard this opera live one other time,…

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Opera Concert on 12/30/2016

This is a few weeks after the fact, but here goes. On Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, I heard 6 talented singers present a program of opera arias and scenes at Christ Church in Exeter, NH http://christchurchexeter.org. My student Max McGrath http://maxmcgrath.com sang one of his “signature” arias, “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth, and quite beautifully,…

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