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skateboy
06-11-2011, 06:01 AM
I know lots of you know I'm a professional violinist and that I also work as a manager for opera singers. Once a year I present my singers in concert in New York City: we had our most recent performance a couple of weeks ago.

So I posted a bunch of YouTube links of the concert. It's the first time I've had to be producer, stage director and piano accompanist (it's my second instrument) all at the same time! (Not jumping to do that again--it was pretty exhausting.)

We did scenes from Tosca (Puccini), Werther (Massenet), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) and La Boheme (Puccini). Plus a "Nessun dorma" farce for the men and Victor Herbert's "The Prima Donna Song" for the ladies. For anyone who is interested, here are the links (I put them all up, so people might pick and choose--certainly not expecting anyone to watch all of them!):

From Werther:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548bEpbHMXI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwOjM645vE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O4gCDeBIT8

From Tosca:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=827Xgj9cPe0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSyxlA7Ijyc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ZhqsP4MvA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CswE11ZE6RE

From Hansel and Gretel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdsLun2hD0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0m5gl5Rx2s

From La Boheme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydwPcqP_zAs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e7_B4Wu6BQ

The Nessun dorma farce:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwEbZefcJ0s

and the Prima Donna Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOiUkbX_Jp0

Jot the Dot Dot
06-11-2011, 10:21 PM
HE'S JUST A POOR BOY, FROM A POOR FAMILY! SPARE HIM THIS LIFE FROM THIS MONSTOSITY!

pollyanna
06-12-2011, 12:15 AM
A title that asks if there are any opera lovers out there and I immediately think of skatingfan5. :cool:

Thank you for the links! That is some remarkable talent you have there. I was especially impressed with tenor Young-Ha Kim. :)

Wiery
06-12-2011, 01:21 AM
Opera lover here...my mum is a classically trained singer, so I grew up listening to Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi...

Thanks for the links! I'll have to switch computers before I listen though...

emason
06-12-2011, 01:26 AM
Another lover here. Thanks for posting; I'll listen when I have some time.

skateboy
06-12-2011, 08:27 AM
Thank you for the links! That is some remarkable talent you have there. I was especially impressed with tenor Young-Ha Kim. :)

Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! :))

twinsissv
06-12-2011, 09:03 AM
Opera? Absolutely! Love classical music and ballet as well! Been listening to good music all of my life. Thanks, Mom! :drama::violin::violin::violin:

skatesindreams
06-12-2011, 03:46 PM
Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! :))

Add me to the list of opera lovers here!

I also was very impressed with Young-Ha Kim.
It's so sad to hear that he's had trouble finding work, here.
He's better than many tenors who are more well known., IMO.

Marge_Simpson
06-12-2011, 05:46 PM
Please let us know the next time you have a concert! I would love to attend. :)

skateboy
06-12-2011, 06:38 PM
I also was very impressed with Young-Ha Kim.
It's so sad to hear that he's had trouble finding work, here.
He's better than many tenors who are more well known., IMO.

Thank you! I will share your comments with him, I know he will appreciate it.

LilJen
06-12-2011, 10:50 PM
Very underinformed on opera and a lapsed violinist here (just ask nashvilledancer; we tried flute/violin duets together last year and it was laughable).

Enjoyed the Nessun Dorma shtick. Saw that there was a bass-baritone in the video notes and was all "huh??" Plus, it always amazes me when these enormous voices come out of such petite bodies (Young-Ha Kim).

skateboy
06-13-2011, 08:16 AM
Thanks for the supportive comments, everyone! (Special thanks to those of you who subscribed to my YouTube channel.)

pollyanna
06-14-2011, 03:52 AM
Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! :))

You're welcome, and I can't blame you for being stumped. His voice is so rich. I hope he finds the work he deserves in Korea, but it's a darn shame NY is letting him go.

mmscfdcsu
06-14-2011, 03:19 PM
Another opera lover here. Thank you! :)

SaSherka
06-17-2011, 07:29 PM
Delurking for the opera thread! The youtube videos look squished on my screen. Does anyone else have the same issue?

I was itching to revive the old Operatic Suggestions thread, but decided against it :D
http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=68319