Posts Tagged: Donne Curiose

Curious Women 2.0

The set and costumes of our 2011 production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose have traveled south from The Barns and will take the stage this weekend at Shenandoah University. If you’re anywhere near Winchester VA this weekend, check it out!  

Mad Men Comes to The Barns

A first look: photos from Sunday night’s rehearsal. First night with costumes, hair and makeup, so there will be adjustments made as we go through the week. But this should give you a idea of what’s in store :) (hit the play arrow, then click the arrows in bottom right corner if you’d like to
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Tech Week Recipe: Adding Flavor

6 days till opening. Orchestra arrives. Two days in the rehearsal hall, then it’ll be time to fit this: … into this: We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again. This music is as beautiful as I imagined. Granted, I’m pretty familiar with it by this time, but it’s still exciting to be surprised
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Backstage Buzz, the Wolf-Ferrari Episode

Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm – Free, no reservation required We get to sit down with some of the fabulous people behind The Curious Women at Tuesday evening’s Backstage Buzz artist panel discussion. We’ll ask conductor Gary Wedow what it feels like to handle orchestra parts that were probably touched by Toscanini, we’ll find
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Curious Women via YouTube

A blast from the Wolf-Ferrari past, with Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra* in 1947: *The NBC Symphony Orchestra was established especially for conductor Arturo Toscanini, and it performed weekly radio concert broadcasts from 1937 till 1954. A few words from Samuel Chotzinoff, NBC music chief during those years: “A medium already existed that
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Wolf-Ferrari meets Mad Men

Sketches for the eponymous curious women and the gentlemen who frequent the men’s club. Courtesy Camille Assaf, costume designer. Click through to our Flickr photostream to see all the costume sketches for The Curious Women.

The Music of The Curious Women

A guest post by Gary Wedow, conductor of Le donne curiose: For a very short period of time before the outbreak of WWI the operas of Wolf-Ferrari were among the most popular and most performed in the world, championed by Verdi and Boito; the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Le donne curiose was conducted by Toscanini
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The Curious Music

It’s probably not a surprise that the printed music for a rare opera is just a touch hard to read… Actually, the string books are in pretty good shape, but the wind parts… well, let’s just say that conductor Gary Thor Wedow is keeping a positive outlook by reminding himself that it’s possible that these
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Bandìe xe le donne!*

Digging into an opera that hasn’t been produced in this country for 99 years is a fascinating, somewhat masochistic way to spend one’s time. But every day, this charming little-known piece is coming more and more into focus. Today brings a dilemma in fine-tuning the synopsis: What does one call this charming place where the
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