Roméo et Juliette (Gounod), premiered on April 27 1867

Roméo et JulietteTragic Opera in five actsComposer - Charles GounodLibretto - Jules Barbier und Michel CarréLanguage - FrenchBased on - Romeo and Julia, William ShakespearePremiere - 27. April 1867, Théatre Lyrique, ParisLength - 2 ½ hours Roles: Juliette - soprano Roméo, son of Montague - tenor Frère Laurent - bass Mercutio, Romeo's friend - baritone… Continue reading Roméo et Juliette (Gounod), premiered on April 27 1867

“Turandot” (Puccini) premiered today in 1926

Composer: Giacomo PucciniLibretto: Giuseppe Adami, Renato SimoniWorld premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, April 1926. Principal roles:Princess Turandot - sopranoThe Emperor Altoum, her father - tenor Timur, the deposed King of Tartary - bass The Unknown Prince (Calaf), his son -- tenor Liù, a slave girl --- sopranoACT IPeking, in the mythic past. Outside the Imperial… Continue reading “Turandot” (Puccini) premiered today in 1926

The Life You Give: Alban Berg *1885

Alban Berg, born Alban Maria Johannes Berg, on February 9 1885, in Vienna, Austria, is the composer who wrote atonal and 12-tone compositions that remained true to late 19th-century Romanticism. He composed orchestral music (including Five Orchestral Songs, 1912), chamber music, songs, and two groundbreaking operas, Wozzeck (1925) and Lulu (1937).Apart from a few short… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alban Berg *1885

Black History Month on Clubhouse

During the month of February, in addition to our regular programming. The Aristipposian Poet, and Opera, Blood, and Tears are celebrating Black History Month, by holding a room series entitled THE VIRTUOUS BLACK While there are always substantial reasons to protest unfairness, we intend to focus on celebrating twenty-eight individuals who, while being black, have… Continue reading Black History Month on Clubhouse

The Life You Give — Aretha Franklin *March 25 1942

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, born Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., is the singer who defined the golden age of soul music of the 1960s.Franklin’s mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer and pianist. Her father, C.L. Franklin, presided over the New Bethel Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, and was a minister of… Continue reading The Life You Give — Aretha Franklin *March 25 1942

The Virtuous Black I — Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, born Sadie Smith, October 27 1975 in London, England, is the author known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity and for her novels’ eccentric characters, savvy humour, and snappy dialogue. She became a sensation in the literary world with the publication of her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000. Smith,… Continue reading The Virtuous Black I — Zadie Smith

The Life You Give: Giacomo Puccini *1858

Giacomo Puccini, born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, December 22, 1858, in Lucca, Tuscany [Italy], is the composer, and one of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, who virtually brought the history of Italian opera to an end. His mature operas included La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (left… Continue reading The Life You Give: Giacomo Puccini *1858

The Life You Give: Teresa Carreño *1853

Teresa Carreño, born María Teresa Gertrudis de Jesús Carreño García on December 22, 1853 in Caracas, is the celebrated Venezuelan pianist of great power and spirit, who was known to her public as the “Valkyrie of the piano.”She was given her first piano lessons by her father, Manuel Antonio Carreño, a politician and talented amateur… Continue reading The Life You Give: Teresa Carreño *1853

The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

Edgard Varèse, born Edgar Varèse on Dec. 22, 1883, in Paris, France, was a composer and innovator in 20th-century techniques of sound production.Varèse spent his boyhood in Paris, Burgundy, and Turin, Italy. After composing without formal instruction as a youth, he later studied under Vincent d’Indy, Albert Roussel, and Charles Widor and was strongly encouraged… Continue reading The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

The Life You Give: András Schiff *1953

András Schiff is among the most prominent members of a generation of Hungarian pianists born in the years following World War II, along with such artists as Zoltán Kocsis, Dezso Ránki, and Jenö Jandó. Of this remarkable group, Schiff has achieved the strongest international reputation, due not only to his decision to pursue his career… Continue reading The Life You Give: András Schiff *1953

The Life You Give: Ludwig van Beethoven *1770

Ludwig van Beethoven, born on December 17, 1770, in Bonn, Germany, was a composer, and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras.Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven dominates a period of musical history as no one else before or since. Rooted in… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ludwig van Beethoven *1770

La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz) premiered today in 1846

“La Damnation de Faust” Opus 24Dramatic Legend for four soloists, children’s chorus, seven-part choir, and orchestraComposer: Hector Berlioz Librettists: Hector Berlioz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, & Almire GandonnièrePremiere: December 6 1846 On this recording:Kenneth Riegel —- Tenor [Faust]José van Dam —- Bass [Méphistophélès]Frederica von Stade —- Mezzo-soprano [Marguerite] Malcolm King —- Bass [Brander]Conductor – Sir… Continue reading La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz) premiered today in 1846

The Life You Give: Anton Maria von Webern *1883

Anton Webern — Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern — born Dec. 3, 1883, in Vienna, Austria, was a composer of the 12-tone Viennese school. He is known especially for his passacaglia for orchestra, his chamber music, and various songs (Lieder). Life and works Webern’s father, a mining engineer, rose to the highest rank of his… Continue reading The Life You Give: Anton Maria von Webern *1883

The Life You Give: Maria Callas *1923

Photo: Houston Rogers Maria Callas, original name Maria Cecilia Sophia Anna Kalogeropoulos, born December 2, 1923, New York, New York, was an American-born Greek operatic soprano who revived classical coloratura roles in the mid-20th century with her lyrical and dramatic versatility. Callas was the daughter of Greek immigrants and early developed an interest in singing.… Continue reading The Life You Give: Maria Callas *1923

René Kollo, in Tannhäuser (1972)

Libretto: Richard Wagner Music: Richard Wagner World premiere: Court Opera, Dresden, 1845Premiere of revised version: Opéra, Paris, 1861René Kollo — Tannhäuser Helga Dernesch — ElisabethWolfgang Brendel — WolframChrista Ludwig — VenusGeorg SoltiVienna Philharmonic Join us, listening at 8:40pm EST, at the Opera, Blood and Tears Club, on Clubhouse. Started: 8:45 / Duration: 3:07 ACT I… Continue reading René Kollo, in Tannhäuser (1972)

Wednesday Woman — Lili Boulanger, composer

Wednesday Woman is a new weekly series on Clubhouse, aiming to shine the light on women who for centuries have influenced, caressed, and inspired us with music, words, and thoughts. Join us on November 3, at 4pm EST, in the Aristipposian Poet Club, on Clubhouse, as we listen to a selection of pieces composed by… Continue reading Wednesday Woman — Lili Boulanger, composer

“Wednesday Woman” coming soon!

To shine the light on women who for centuries have influenced, caressed, and inspired with music, words, and thoughts, Wednesday Woman is a new weekly series on Clubhouse, at The Aristipposian Poet Club. Herewith you are invited to the first rooms, dedicated to the following women: NOVEMBER3. Lili Boulanger —- composer, *Aug 21 189310. Fanny… Continue reading “Wednesday Woman” coming soon!

The Legacy of Edwin Fisher — a conversation with musicologist and philosopher Vlad Vexler

You are herewith welcome to join a conversation about the pianist, conductor Edwin Fisher. In celebration of his birth — October 6 1886 — we will speak about the essence of music, and the importance of interpretation. Come to the Pianos, Hammers and Keys Club, and join the conversation, on Clubhouse — October 6 at… Continue reading The Legacy of Edwin Fisher — a conversation with musicologist and philosopher Vlad Vexler