Western Opera Singers Trying the Chinese Stage

Hao Jiang Tian as Timur and Maija Kovalevska as Liu in Puccini's "Turandot." Taken during the performance on January 4, 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
Hao Jiang Tian as Timur and Maija Kovalevska as Liu in Puccini's "Turandot." Taken during the performance on January 4, 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Former Chinese Factory Worker, Now a Met Veteran, Inviting Singers From the West For I Sing Beijing

Hao Jiang Tian spent six years as a factory worker, discovering his true vocation only when another singer heard him outside the window. Tian arrived penniless in the U.S. nearly 30 years ago, knowing just three words of English. Within a decade, he was performing at the Met.  Now, he’s inviting Western singers to Beijing.

Read Western opera singers try China (NPR)

Watch Thomas Glenn train with China’s celebrated Peking Opera performer Jiang Qihu.

Curtis Institute Opens New 100,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

In October of 1924, Curtis Institute of Music opened it’s doors fulfilling the dream of Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the only child of Philadelphia-based Louisa Knapp and Cyrus H. K. Curtis.  Nearly 90 years later, Lenfest Hall helps close a facilities gap between Curtis and other musical institutions.

Read Lenfest Hall opens a new era for Curtis Institute of Music (philly.com)

Five Concerts Marking 9/11 Broadcast Today On Medici.tv At No Charge

Medici.tv, which calls itself the world’s unique virtual concert hall, is broadcasting several concerts today commemorating 9/11 free of charge to viewers.  Beginning at 11am with The Washington Chorus performing in Trinity Wall Street, concerts run consecutively throughout the day, concluding with Gil Shaham and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera joining the trinity Choir and many other musical guests at 8:30pm in a performance called remember to Love.

What is your take on the 10th anniversary commemorations…too little, too much, about right?  Will you make any special observation and, if so, how?

Read Remembering 9/11 with Bach and Brahms (NY Times)

See the broadcast lineup here (medici.tv)

Comments