A Real Right Thing

Songfest NOI

Since it’s Lenny’s year, it’s right that I am consoled by his astute observation: “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” The good news? I have those things. The bad news? I’ve started multiple detailed blog posts about tomorrow night’s Songfest, but none of them made it past draft stage. There was so much

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Sins, Songfest, and Seria


Sunday, June 10… A day in the life. A microcosm of a WTO summer. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS 10am. Halcyon Arts Lab. Rehearsal with Septime Webre and WTO artists, in preparation for arrival of dancers from Hong Kong Ballet on Tuesday. Performances on June 23 & 24. I TOO SING AMERICA Our freakishly amazing cast

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Idomeneo Designs


Stagings of Idomeneo are into their second week, in preparation for our June 22 opening of Omer Ben Seadia’s new production. Here’s a quick look at the set model and costume sketches – much more to come as we focus on this beautiful and dramatic work by the 25-year-old Mozart.

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Synergy, NOI Style

NOi Bernstein

A quick note today to call out tonight’s UNTRAPPED performance with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival. Our partnership with NOI+F is built on a beautiful synergy between their work with the best young orchestral musicians in the country and our commitment to emerging opera singers. And during rehearsals (photo above from last night), it’s common

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The Pleasure of Song


There’s a lot of talk these days about digging deep, being attentive to detail and texture, and staying present in the moment. I spend most of my days in dogged pursuit of mindfulness (which I realize is a dismaying contradiction), and I work in an art form that is seriously in love with its big

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#MeToo and the Women of Opera


I was honored to be part of an important discussion on NPR this weekend, It’s archived here: Shout-out to the two amazing, strong and smart emerging singers who shared this experience with me – Leah Hawkins and (WTOS alumna) Aleks Romano! More to come on this later in the summer, as we approach our Filene Center

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The Art of Pleasure: Those Poor Pigeons


In preparation for his Art of Pleasure recital at The Barns this coming week, Steve Blier is enjoying introducing the comedic pleasures of Tom Lehrer to a new generation of singers. A Harvard-trained mathematician, Lehrer moonlighted as a songwriter until his career as a purveyor musical satire threatened to outstrip his life as a math professor….

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The Art of Pleasure: The Down-Low


When Steven Blier asked his cast, ““What pleasures beyond the obvious ones (food and sex) do you want to sing about, and what songs bring those pleasures to life for you?,” this song was one of the surprise answers. It turns out that “Lola” has something most rock songs don’t have: a terrific lyric that tells

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The Art of Pleasure: High-calorie, High-fat Romance

The NYFOS Song of the Day blog continues with its preview of The Art of Pleasure, coming up at The Barns next week. In today’s installment Steve Blier takes a clear-eyed yet affectionate look at operetta. Click through and listen, you know you want to… Franz Lehár: Schön wie die blaue Sommernacht

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