allaboutgeorge + opera   7

On Future Performance - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
In fact, I think that it is precisely this kind of surprising freshness that technology can allow — through what can be precisely customized for each project and through the unexpected new discoveries that each project seems to require or reveal — that remains one of its continuing attractions for me.

But we can’t take such freshness for granted. Musical technology is so ever-present in our culture, and we are all so very aware of it, that techno-clichés and techno-banalities are never far away and have become ever more difficult to identify and root out. It is deceptively challenging these days to apply technology to music in ways that explode our imaginations, deepen our personal insights, shake us out of boring routine and accepted belief, and pull us ever closer to one another.
music  technology  nytimes  art  creativity  opera  interview  npr  karaoke 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Laura Barton takes a sceptical look at opera | Music | The Guardian
"I am, surely, exactly the sort of person they are trying to tempt. I spend much of my time listening to music and attending gigs. I will happily spend vast sums on festivals. Yet classical music has always seemed a cold and distant land, set far away across a sea of elitism."
classical  classicalmusic  music  uk  aesthetics  culture  opera 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Using a trinity of unconventional drama, haunting score and poetry, S.F. Opera confronts our age's most terrifying topic
"'Doctor Atomic,' whatever its faults, stands as a major addition to the operatic repertory of this new century, the first to be inaugurated with the specter of instant death very much around us."
theater  opera  sanfrancisco  classical 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Countdown to the Eve of Destruction
"The music is delicate, strange, melodically dispersed, harmonically tentative. You sense the atmosphere crackling, the world changing. The calm voice of a Japanese woman is heard. We know what comes next."
theater  sanfrancisco  opera  music  classical 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 13.09: The Epic, Tragic, Operatic Inside Story of Doctor Atomic
"What is good is the business of politicians; what is beautiful, of artists; what is true, of scientists. This means that scientists should pursue their research irrespective of whether it's moral, and politicians should then decide how to apply it."
theater  academia  opera  music  classical  sanfrancisco 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BosGlobe: Sex sells, but should it be used to market Mozart?
We live in a visual culture, but it is good to remind ourselves occasionally that music is still primarily addressed to the ear.
classical  marketing  music  opera  sex 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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