Archive for January, 2014

Malmesbury girl on CD publicity shoot

A talented Malmesbury 12-year-old photography enthusiast has been taken on to help promote a town singer’s new EP.

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Opera star Fleming admits to Super Bowl jitters

Opera singer Renée Fleming speaks at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Press Conference at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 30, 2014Renee Fleming admits she is "overwhelmed" at the prospect of singing the US national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl, when she'll become the first opera singer to perform at America's biggest sporting event. The celebrated soprano, winner of four Grammy Awards, sang at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II and also at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But she said Thursday that Super Bowl 48, which will be watched by more than 110 million people in the United States and hundreds of millions of others around the world, was another level entirely. Her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" just before the showdown between Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the biggest audience she has ever had.

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Giving Sudbury youth a voice through photography

This photograph by Grade 6 Lansdowne Public School student, Katana Matthews, is one of many pieces currently on display as part of the Photovoice Program at the art Gallery of Sudbury.

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Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

Mozart's original Anton-Walter-piano is pictured at Mozart's former apartment in central ViennaBy Michael Shields VIENNA (Reuters) – It's one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic? The famous 1984 Milos Forman film "Amadeus", based on Peter Shaffer's play, leaves little doubt he did. But now the Vienna museum dedicated to Mozart's legacy has launched a campaign to burnish Salieri's reputation as a supporter of the younger Austrian genius – and not a jealous villain. A new exhibit at the Mozarthaus where Mozart lived and worked in the late 18th century portrays Salieri as a good-humored, talented and generous man who praised and honored pupils including Ludwig von Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

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Gay cowboy opera ‘Brokeback Mountain’ premieres in Spain

US tenor Tom Randle (L) (as Jack Twist) and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (R) (as Ennis del Mar) perform during a press preview of the "Brokeback Mountain" opera at the Teatro Real in Madrid on January 24, 2014Singing in rich tenor and baritone voices, cowboys doffed their hats and embraced in their underwear in the premiere of an opera adaptation of Oscar-winning film "Brokeback Mountain" in Spain. The tragic love story opened Tuesday to a mixture of cheers and silence the audience at Madrid's top opera house, the Teatro Real, whose director compared it to Wagner and billed it as a gesture in favour gay rights. The cowboy lovers, Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar, were played in the 2005 picture by Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. That film, by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, won three Oscars.

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