Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

The other day I found a perfect excerpt to share with you.  In my beloved Weiss & Taruskin textbook from college lie some words as true today as they were when written 425 years ago. William Byrd, who I like to believe is one of my husband’s ancestors, was a 16th century English church composer and… Continue reading Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

Naomi and Nathan on Nabucco – interview

One evening earlier this week I was lucky enough to sit down*¬†with Minneapolis tenor Nathan Bird and talk a little bit about the Minnesota Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Nabucco. *Actually, he didn’t really sit down at all as he was tending to our children and getting himself some food before heading out the door… Continue reading Naomi and Nathan on Nabucco – interview

I {‘Art} Shoes

I am not a shoe person. Maybe it’s because I have such large feet.¬† I don’t know.¬† I think shoes are cute and all, but I find that I manage just fine¬†to frequently get through a whole week using only one or two pair.¬† Last time I bought flip flops was seven years ago.¬† Either… Continue reading I {‘Art} Shoes

Yield: 1 Wedding Under the Sea with Verdi’s Barbeshop Trio

In anticipation of another fun Arts @ the Aviary ¬†night beginning in just a few hours,¬†let me share¬†last week’s evening with you. INGREDIENTS: 1 soprano 1 tenor 1 accompanist/alto 2 mini-mezzos¬†for comic relief seasoning, to taste 1 book of barbershop quartets or sweet adeline music 1 book of opera duets 1 book of wedding songs… Continue reading Yield: 1 Wedding Under the Sea with Verdi’s Barbeshop Trio