We meet on the Los Angeles Airport for LA OPERA’s Songs of Protest. If, like me, you have accomplished civil rights work, you understand mid twentieth century protest songs like We Shall Overcome. After Hours: Songs of Protest honors and celebrates a wider vary of passionate music that galvanizes activists for social justice. This program of iconic songs, made well-known by performers like Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cooke, is specifically curated by Host and Artist in Residence Russell Thomas. Soprano Brandie Sutton, baritone Justin Austin, drummer Jonathan Barber, pianist Damien Sneed and bass viol participant Michael Olatuja ship extraordinary performances in the middle of this distinctive program.
Poor Wayfaring Stranger ……… ………………………Brandie Sutton
I am A Poor Li’l Orphan (Perry)………. …………………….Justin Austin
Lord, How Come Me Right here……………… ………………..Brandie Sutton
I Need Jesus To Stroll With Me ………………………………Justin Austin
Come Sunday (Ellington)…………………………………..Brandie Sutton
Coalhouse’s Soliloquy (Flaherty)…………………………….Justin Austin
4 Girls (Simone) ……………………………………..Brandie Sutton
Elevate Each Voice (Johnson)……………………………………Justin Austin
Oh, Freedom…………………………… ……………………Justin Austin
Freedom (Ellington) ………………………………………..Brandie Sutton
I Dream A World (Sneed) ……………………………………..Justin Austin
Unusual Fruit (Meeropol) ……………………………………Brandie Sutton
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Howe)…………………………..Justin Austin
Maintain On ………………………………………………………Brandie Sutton
After the live performance, we take off for the San Francisco space and park our Magic Opera Flying Carpet in Novato, CA. Within the morning we have now a seize and go breakfast on the MOFC and provide bus service to San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe for Irish Espresso. The Bay Areas’s Irish espresso was not popularized on the Emerald Isle. It originated in San Francisco, the place Buena Vista Cafe co-owner Jack Koeppler challenged worldwide journey author Stanton Delaplane to assist him re-create the Irish Espresso he loved at an Irish airport. They ultimately arrived at an acceptable mixture of scorching espresso, Irish whiskey and whipped cream. These days, the Buena Vista Cafe on Hyde Avenue reportedly serves some two thousand orders of Irish espresso a day!
We spend a little bit of time on the San Francisco Museum of Trendy Artwork. I like David Park‘s Two Bathers from1958.
For dinner, we meet at Fisherman’s Wharf. Historically the working place of Chinese language and Italian immigrants, Fisherman’s Wharf is now a bit touristy, however it’s nonetheless a seafood lover’s paradise that displays the town’s cultural historical past. Cioppino, an Italian-American seafood stew, was invented to make use of up leftover seafood. It quickly started cropping up on restaurant menus at locations like Alioto’s. At present, it is a broadly widespread dish. Most Fisherman’s Wharf eating places nonetheless receive their fish and shellfish from native fishing boats.
San Francisco Opera’s The Trojans (Les Troyens) by Hector Berlioz streams Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. We’ll watch on Saturday Night.
The residents milling round Cassandra within the metropolis of Troy are celebrating the tip of the Greek siege. Cassandra fears the reality, but it doesn’t matter what she says or does, nobody appears to suspect that the massive wood horse of their midst will spell destruction. Witness the autumn of Troy and the rise of a good better nation as Hector Berlioz‘s monumental five-part epic The Trojans, airs for one weekend as a part of SFO’s free summer time streaming collection.
Susan Graham, a grasp of the French opera repertoire, leads the forged because the lovesick queen Dido. Graham delivers easy vocalism and good theatricality whereas Bryan Hymel delivers a trumpet-toned firm debut because the Trojan hero, Aeneas. Sir David McVicar‘s towering manufacturing plunges viewers into the various kingdoms of Virgil’s saga The Aeneid, transporting the viewers from the fires of Troy to the grandeur of Carthage with huge, detailed units. The fantastic sound of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, brings to life a world of gods and mortals underneath the baton of Sir Donald Runnicles. Stream it without spending a dime beginning Saturday, July 17.
We fly to Dallas/Fort Value after the present and park eight miles south of the town at Sycamore Strip Airport. Tour members get up prepared for a hearty breakfast and bus into Fort Value to hunt out acceptable eating places. Challah French toast at The Hen attracts a goodly quantity as does the blue cheese burger at Rodeo Goat. Blue cheese slaw compliments the meat patty together with caramelized onions, and garlic mayonnaise.
A few of us stroll round city and meet once more at Avoca Espresso, identified for the stress-free ambiance that solely an intimate espresso store might have. Patrons get pleasure from colourful environment, succulent tastes, and inventive creamer designs.
Pre-theater dinner on board the Magic Opera Flying Carpet is Chef Julia’s three-quarter-inch steaks broiled to order with mashed or fried potatoes and steamed asparagus. Manon eats her fill of chopped steak earlier than her journey to Fort Value Opera the place she has a particular invitation to take a seat on a cushioned lighting platform and watch Really feel the Tango. She says «Merci beaucoup, Maestro.»
After Really feel the Tango, Tour members board the bus rapidly. They journey a brief distance to Dallas the place they watch The Coronary heart of the Track. Manon-la-Chat stays at FWO whereas the remainder of the tour goes to Dallas. Maybe she’s going to unearth a mouse whereas the people get pleasure from a live performance.
Olé! It is a spectacular celebration of music from Mexico and Latin America. Three of the world’s most succesful tenors, all-Mexican born, get collectively to sing beloved songs.
From Mr. Camarena: «Malagueña solerosa» («La Malagueña»), and «Amorcito corazón» («Darling Sweetheart»). Guitar accompaniment by Marisol Rincón.
From Mr. Villazón: «Al banco solitario» («The Lonely Bench»), and «La Llorona» («The Weeping Girl»). Famend French harpist Xavier de Maistre accompanies Mr. Villazón.
From Mr. Lomelí : «Deja que salga la luna» («Let the moon begin shining»).
Raspberry cheesecake is tonight’s nightcap dessert, served on the MOFC with common or «unleaded» espresso. We fly to Aix en Provence tonight and arrive after midday. We dine in an area restaurant mid afternoon in order to have time for a leisurely meal of Gardiane de Boeuf (Beef from the Mouth of the Rhone River). The meat is minimize into cubes, then marinated in a single day with onions, crimson wine, vinegar, thyme, bay leaves, and orange peel. The subsequent day, the meat is browned in olive oil, then positioned in an earthenware casserole with the marinade.The dish is simmered for a couple of hours till the greens change into mushy, and the sauce is thickened with grated dry bread. Gardiane is served with rice.
The opera at Aix en Provence presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on the Archevêché theater. Lotte de Beer directs and Thomas Hengelbrock leads the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble with soloists Julie Fuchs, Andrè Schuen, Lea Desandre, Jacquelyn Wagner, Gyula Orendt, and Monica Bacelli.
Awaking vivid and keen within the morning, we fly to Belgium for inventive adventures. We park the Carpet close to Bruges. Having learn French posters, Manon suggests a Bruges museum to which we bus tour members and cat in her shopping-bag-with-window.
Jan van Eyck, a painter energetic in Bruges, was one of the crucial vital representatives of Early Northern Renaissance artwork. The surviving information point out that he was born between 1380 and 1390, most probably in Maaseik, Belgium. He labored in The Hague round 1422 when he was already a grasp painter with workshop assistants, and was employed by John III, the Pitiless, ruler of Holland and Hainaut. After John’s dying in 1425, van Eyck was appointed courtroom painter to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. He was extremely regarded by Philip and undertook a variety of diplomatic visits overseas. About 20 surviving work are confidently attributed to him, together with the 1432 Ghent Altarpiece and the 1439 Turin-Milan Ebook of Hours.
After the museum go to, we return to the Magic Opera Flying Carpet for a buffet dinner and an opportunity to vary into opera clothes. After a brief journey, we arrive on the Place de l’Opera. Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège streams the movie of their 2018 model of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Conductor Daniel Oren and Director Stefano Vizioli, current a efficiency that stars Fabio Sartori, Yolanda Auyanet, Mario Cassi, Violeta Urmana, and Luciano Montanaro.
After Belgian waffles with all of the trimmings for breakfast, we fly to Freiburg and park the Magic Opera Flying Carpet close to the sting of the Black Forest or Schwartzwald. Chef Julia buys native trout and salad greens for tonight’s dinner.
Solely brook or rainbow trout raised in southwestern Germany close to the Schwarzwald mountain vary are entitled to the identify Schwarzwaldforelle (Black Forest Trout). This area has an extended custom of trout farming attributable to its unusually chilly, oxygen-rich mountain waters.The decrease the temperature of the water, the longer it takes for the trout to succeed in the focused measurement and firmness. This sluggish, pure progress and the standard of the feed given to the trout is the explanation why they’ve such a particular style. Julia serves poached fresh-caught trout with rosemary potatoes and inexperienced salad. For dessert? You guessed it: Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake).
The Freiburg model of Schubert’s Die Winterreise (The Winter Journey), orchestrated by Hans Zender, is kind of totally different from the standard Schubert Lieder rendition. Tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp sings it accompanied by members of the German Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra performed by Teodor Currentzis.
We prime off our July Winter Journey with scorching fudge sundaes, and prepare for our flight to Oslo. The flight is usually over the darkish, inscrutable waters surrounding Northern Europe the place occasional flashing meteors appear to fly throughout the limitless sky.
After touchdown, we park our Magic Opera Flying Carpet outdoors Oslo for a superb restful sleep. Within the morning, we bus to a Norwegian waffle restaurant for coronary heart formed concoctions made with easy and barely candy, brown whey cheese. The cheese is obtainable within the states underneath the identify Ski Queen. It is delicious. Later, we pattern the Tasting Menu at Oslo’s Statholdergaarden.
Halibut & Swedish caviar
Dill, crimson onion and Jerusalem artichoke
Mango, ginger, salad, spring onion and coriander.
Fennel, squash and black cabbage.
Inexperienced peas and white asparagus,
root greens, and capers
Onion, potato, and inexperienced cabbage
Duck coronary heart
Celery and spinach
Sausage, summer time cabbage, hip and carrot
Welsh onion sauce
Honey, pecan nuts, raisins,
sea buckthorn, and bread
Rhubarb & strawberry
Mascarpone, meringue, macron, and almond
I hope nobody belches on the opera!
On this efficiency of The Barber of Seville, Figaro is Hubert Zapiór, Rosina is Angela Brower, Almaviva is Jack Swanson, Dr. Bartolo is David Stout, Berta is Renate Ekerhovd, and Don Basilio is Clive Bayley. The director is Jetske Mijnssen. Tobias Ringborg conducts the Norwegian Opera Orchestra.
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We’re nonetheless completely full as we prepare for the lengthy flight to San Francisco. Tonight’s nightcap is soda water and soda crackers. Manon whoops up a fishy hairball. People and cat sleep many of the approach to California.
On July 24-25, San Francisco Opera’s 2017 presentation of Richard Strauss‘ dramatic, one-act 1909 opera, Elektra, options an distinctive forged led by one of many best interpreters of the title function at this time, soprano Christine Goerke. She is joined by mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens as her mom, Klytemnestra; soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as Elektra’s idealistic sister Chrysothemis; bass-baritone Alfred Walker as her long-lost brother, Orest, and tenor Robert Brubaker as Klytemnestra’s lover, Aegisth. Set partly in a contemporary museum exhibiting Greek antiquities, the manufacturing, options the designs of Boris Kudlička in a staging primarily based on the work of Keith Warner. Kaspar Glarner creates the costumes, John Bishop designs the lighting and Bartek Macias is the video designer. The efficiency options the corporate debut of Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási. Elektra is carried out in German with English subtitles and has an approximate operating time of 1 hour and fifty-two minutes.
A few of the tour members have pushed their automobiles to San Francisco so they might stay there longer than the Magic Opera Flying Carpet. The remainder of us board the Carpet and return to Los Angeles on Saturday night time. Sunday, we spend sunbathing on the seaside.
Images of Songs of Protest courtesy of L A Opera.
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