Cange’s Corner Articles

One Last Hurrah…

It's Final Siegfried Eve here in San Francisco, and as I gaze out at the clear blue sky (a true rarity these past few months) from my temporary condo at the Opera Plaza complex, I am thinking back on just how quickly the time has passed.  Even though the past three…

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Out of the Closet…(Finally)

As a result of the dizzying success of San Francisco Opera's new Ring Cycle, and for me, Siegfried in particular; I have come so close to being 'outed', that I might just as well cop to it right now on my own terms.  If I do not, then I am…

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Butterflies are free…

I write this blog posting as I wait to perform Das Rheingold, the first installment of Richard Wagner's epic Ring of the Nibelungen, on this, the first of our 'Cycle' presentations.  We will perform all four operas this week, and repeat this task to complete 3 full cycles by the…

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"A Sizzlin' Sitz"

When all the "i's" are dotted, all the "t's" are crossed, and the final page is turned; one may look back at the Siegfried sitzprobe of May 17 & 18, 2011 and correctly identify it as the tipping point where one could now actualize--not just envision--the success of the upcoming…

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"Props…that's my job."

As the month of May continues to whiz by, so do our rehearsals for San Francisco Opera's current challenge--namely, the staging of the entire Ring of the Nibelungen.  With the first installment (a stand alone performance of Siegfried) due to grace the stage over Memorial Day weekend, time is getting…

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"Ring" of Fire…

The late, great Johnny Cash utilized a unique trumpet fanfare as the musical introduction to his 1963 single, "Ring of Fire".  The use of mariachi brass throughout, set this song apart--at least as far as country music was concerned--and resulted in a blaze of glory (pardon the pun) as the…

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The Chorus (a.k.a. Operatic Footsoldiers)

One of the more delightful aspects of coming to Dallas the past few years has been carving out the time to visit some old friends from college (undergraduate school) who have settled in the area for their livelihood.  My best friend in college, and among the first persons I had…

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"Death of a Symphony"??……Not so fast!!

One of the negative effects of participating so actively in the operatic forum is that of occasionally becoming musically ‘land-locked’.  After day-in and day-out of rehearsal, where the centerpiece is musical, sometimes the last thing we want to do in our free time is take in more music.  Oft times,…

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The 48 Hour Wednesday!!! (literally)

So how does one experience a literal 48 hour Wednesday, and completely lose a Tuesday from their life? It's easy; just head "down-under" and come back really fast!! You see, I spent a magnificent, long weekend in Montgomery, Alabama (read previous post) working with some wonderfully talented and dedicated young…

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