It’s Not Over Till The Thin Lady Sings

By Madison Schindele

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Cartoon by Nick Galifianakis for The Washington Post, January 3, 2016 

“You are too thin to be an opera singer,” older ladies from my church squawked at me when I was young. Looking at my petite, 5’2” stature, it was no surprise that I wasn’t automatically compared to the stereotypical Rubenesque soprano, complete with breastplate, spear, and horns. However this image, although well known, is now false advertising. The opera world’s body images now conform to that of the dance, musical theater, and film industries.

The curtain is opening on a new era where a singer must not only sing the part, but look it as well. Continue reading “It’s Not Over Till The Thin Lady Sings”

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Opera…And All That Jazz

By Madison Schindele

61lSyDqeQOL._SS500.jpgListening to the recording Joyce and Tony Live at Wigmore Hall with a glass of wine in hand is a gift that everyone should experience. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, winner of the 2016 Grammy for best classical solo album, and pianist Antonio Pappano teamed up to bring an audience at London’s Wigmore Hall a taste of their multi-genre platter. A sweet and salty mixture, the program consisted of classical, musical theater, and jazz favorites. The 2-disc Erato album takes you on vacation, first to 18th- and 19th-century Italy, then to Tin Pan Alley in New York City. Continue reading “Opera…And All That Jazz”

Prokofiev’s Aaron and the Wolff

By Madison Schindele

17425982_1856165421075825_6979280774816272497_n.jpgChatting with cellist Aaron Wolff in the conservatory library was a lucky coincidence, for he is known for being the busiest person in the room at any given time. On Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel, Senior Concerto Competition Winner Wolff will perform Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor with the Oberlin Orchestra under Raphael Jiménez.

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“You Cannot Have Genius Without Silence”

By Madison Schindele

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With a vibe that screams “Mom and Dad’s unfinished basement,” the Birenbaum performance space transforms into the hippest of music venues when the sun goes down. Last Saturday evening, April 1, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble under Tim Weiss performed a program featuring excitingly diverse late-twentieth and twenty-first century works. Sitting behind the bar, it was hard to tell  if the pouring of water and clinking of glasses was a part of the music itself or a quirk of the space.

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