As a musician, what is your definition of success?
I think success is what you make of it. For me I already feel a huge sense of success personally as I am here maintaining a career that I love and enjoy. Performing in front of audiences who have paid to be there and see and hear you always makes me feel slightly horrified but then it also makes me care so much about what I am able to give back in return and that gives me a huge sense of success and achievement. Of course, there’s another aspect to the success of a great career but mine is still building itself and I am in no rush to be singing leading ladies at The Met, though one day, that would be very nice!
The Gushan Pavilion at the Zhejiang Museum is displaying a series of Jin Dynasty carved bricks, through September 17. The bricks and other exhibits tell the story of the short but powerful dynasty.
The first section introduces a local opera named sanyue（散乐). It originated in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), when it was only performed at the royal court. It developed during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (AD 420-589) as it spread through the temples. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it spread to cover both urban and rural areas.
The American Museum on Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs is known for a lot of things: A Tyrannosaurus rex that appears to be on the prowl, a long necked Apatosaurus, sharp-toothed Velociraptors and, coming this fall, a family friendly opera!
Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt will run Sept 23–Oct 15, Sat and Sun at 12 and 12:30 and Fri Oct 13 at 11:30; free with museum admission. Learn more at amnh.org.
According to ‘172 of the world’s leading opera singers’ polled by BBC Music magazine, the all time greats are:
1 Marriage of Figaro
2 La Boheme
The Teatro La Fenice continues its 2016-17 season presenting a rarely heard Rossini work, “L’Occasione fa il Ladro.” The work, which is rarely performed, requires agility and virtuosic coloratura that can give any artist a chance to shine. And this week, rising star Rocio Perez continues her ascent in the opera world, taking on her first Berenice.