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Modern Match - Elektra

Posted 2/1/2019

Spend enough time watching Netflix and, sooner enough, it starts to recommend content using what can only be described as mind-reading. Television shows featuring a strong female lead? Sign me up! Political/revenge dramas? I’m hooked! But to binge-watch something – to invest time and emotions in a story – it must have the greatest actors, thrilling plot twists, and an undercurrent of psychological sizzle that keeps viewers clicking. In short, it must follow the formula that Richard Strauss used more than a century ago in Elektra. What makes Elektra so compelling? The title character, to start. Elektra is opera’s anti-hero, one who elicits horror and pity in equal...

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Master Mentor

Posted 11/7/2018

Julia Faulkner adores beautiful, interpretively meaningful, technically accomplished singing. The American soprano was known for giving audiences exactly that on major stages during an outstandingly successful international career. Today a new generation of singers is benefiting from Faulkner’s knowledge and experience at Lyric’s renowned artist-development program, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, where she is director of vocal studies. Faulkner also teaches at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and at other prestigious programs for young singers, including those of The Santa Fe Opera and the Aldeburgh Festival. She recently finished a residency in...

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What does it mean to be an “opera advocate?”

Posted 11/1/2018

Opera Advocacy Day What does it mean to be an “opera advocate?” Sports fans put on face paint and a jersey, cheering wildly at every game. Movie buffs will wait in line, popcorn in hand, for a midnight premiere. Rock fans will travel miles to see their favorite band in concert. Opera fans are just as passionate and dedicated to their art form. Here are three of the top ways to be an opera advocate not only on Opera Advocacy Day, but all year long. 1. Introduce your friends and family to opera With many stereotypes surrounding...

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