Opera on the Water

Monday, November 29

(Rick Rycroft/Associated Press)
Sydney operagoers are in for a treat. In March 2012, Sydney will host Opera on Sydney Harbour. What's that you ask? Well, according to The Sydney Morning Herald:
Audiences will enjoy a world-class opera production on a unique floating platform moored off the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The first opera to be staged as part of the event will be Verdi's La Traviata and is set to feature a giant chandelier and fireworks.
Sounds wonderful. A good reason to save some $$$ for a trip to Sydney in 2012. Now, we'll admit that the Sydney Harbour is gorgeous - but Minnesota isn't without it's own beautiful bodies of water. Opera on the Lake has a nice ring to it, no?

Where would you like to see a floating opera staged? Lake Calhoun? The Mississippi? The St. Croix? Take it to the lake country and put it on Mille Lacs? All the way up north to Duluth Harbor? Or go south, to Lake Pepin? And, for good measure, what opera should it be?

We'd love to hear from you.

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Frasier = Cosi fan tutte?

Monday, November 15

Operation Opera is a blog after our own heart. The first scene of Cosi fan tutte rewritten as the script for an episode of Frasier - fantastic. Read and enjoy!

Dr. Frasier Crane, a pompous and snobbish psychiatrist with a checkered love life.
Dr. Niles Crane, his equally effete, elitist brother, also a psychiatrist and also romance-challenged
Martin Crane, their father, a retired policeman with a taste for beer, country music and sports.
Eddie, Martin’s Jack Russell terrier, who can take Frasier or leave him alone.

(Scene: the living room of Frasier Crane’s Seattle apartment. Niles Crane is seated on the sofa, Frasier is at the bar. Their father Martin Crane is sitting in his leather recliner chair reading the newspaper. Martin’s dog Eddie is laying at his feet.)

Another nip of Remy Martin, Niles?

Not for me, thanks. I’m meeting Lara for dinner at Canlis in a little while. I’ve been wanting to try their smoked pork belly for some time now.

“Lara”? Who’s this? Do I know her?

No, I don’t think so – Dr. Lara Peters. We were fellow panelists at a symposium on anger management last month and just seemed to hit it off. We’ve been out a few times and… I really think this relationship might be something special.

(drily) Yes… “everything’s coming up pork bellies”… What’s she like?

Well, she’s a brilliant psychiatrist, she’s a sparkling conversationalist, she loves the theater… and… if you must know, she’s stunningly beautiful!

Niles, I’m intrigued! You’ll have to have her over for cocktails some evening… unless, of course, she turns out to be a bit less dazzled by you than you clearly are by her.

Frasier, that’s the best part: she is crazy about me! She’s constantly emailing me and sending me very provocative text messages; she adores my sense of humor; …she appears to be quite smitten if I say so myself.

Dad, did you hear that? Niles has achieved the impossible: he’s located an attractive woman who laughs at his jokes.

Wanna read the read the rest? Yup, there's more. Check it out at Operation Opera.


10 Questions with Eric McEnaney

Thursday, November 11

Meet Eric McEnaney, Resident Artist (coach/accompanist)

1. What is your sign?
LEO, though very few people guess that about me!

2. What is your favorite opera?
It's a toss-up between Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni.

3. If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
I would love to be a travel agent or chef.

4. What is your favorite dessert?
The tres leches cake at 112 Eatery--amazing!

5. If you had to describe yourself using three words, what would they be?
Fun-loving, focused, spiritual

6. What is your favorite holiday?

7. What was your first opera?
Cosi fan tutte

8. If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you?
It would be about learning to trust my instincts as an artist and I would want Tobey Maguire or Michael Cera to play me!

9. Are you a morning or night person?
Definitely a night person.

10. What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?
Sit inside, under a blanket and read a good book.


Cartoons & Opera - What's not to love?

Wednesday, November 10

One of Tempo's favorite sites is OperaPulse. Seriously, check them out. How can you not love a site that digs up gems like this:


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