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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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Modern Match - Siegfried

Posted 10/30/2018

Despite the millennia that separate the two, Wagner turned to ancient folktales as source material for his Ring cycle. Today, if the contemporary success of writer Neil Gaiman is any indication, we’re still gripped by mythology. Gaiman borrows from folktales, recontextualizing characters, symbols, and tropes in his fiction -- Stardust, American Gods – and in Norse Mythology. In the introduction to this last work, Gaiman explains his lifelong love of myths, saying “It was the fact that the world and the story ends, and the way that it ends and is reborn, that made the gods and the frost giants and the rest of them tragic heroes, tragic villains. Ragnarok made the...

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