Wagner Immersion, Part 3

The weekend of July 27-28 was a stellar and most memorable one for many reasons. First, I was able to spend time with my dear friend and colleague Joy McIntyre, with whom I always have the most Joy-ous time discussing music, politics, travel, and life in general. Joy is a most erudite, entertaining, and brilliant…

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Wallowing Around in Mahler – again!

“O Glaube, mein Herz” (Photo by John Herper) I use this odd term because Mahler has come to mind quite often in the past few months. I have fondly remembered live performances of his glorious music, and sometimes I feel as if I have “over-dosed” in the harmonies and orchestral colors. I never tire 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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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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