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Why any company would be lucky to hire a Performing Artist

By: Robert Aaron Taylor & Michelle Kei Ishuu Taylor We’re some of the most determined people you’ll ever meet Artists are accustomed to rejection. We put ourselves out there every day in an attempt to get gigs. That’s how we pay the bills. We are the product we’re selling, so every rejection is personal. Yet […]

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Go Purple!! #PaintItPurple

Around the world March 8th was International Women’s Day.  In the United States the whole month is Women’s History Month!! As the International Women’s Day website explains: “From 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the color scheme of purple, white and green to symbolize the plight of the Suffragettes. […]

St Gallen, Switzerland: Abbey of St Gallen Cathedral and Library

The monastery of St. Gallen was the heart city by the same name in the valley near Lake Constance. As the story goes, in the year 612, an Irish monk name Gallus, stumbled and fell at the edge of the Steinach River. He saw a bear eyeing him, hungrily. He offered the bear some of […]

The Beautiful world of Teufen, Switzerland

Teufen is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. Teufen was first mentioned in 1272. By 1300 the place consisted of only five farms. In 1525 the assembly ruled that each parish could decide whether or not to remain Catholic. This led to the division of Appenzell in 1597. In 1841 Teufen offered their new school building as a present to attract the […]

Birthday in Vienna, Austria

Had the wonderful birthday in Vienna Austria, with my love.  We even continued my favorite birthday tradition.  An art museum and out for a bite to eat.  This year we got to go to the Kunst Historisches Museum in Vienna.  Next Cafe Central for cake and a Melange.  Finally ending with the Rathaus Christkindlmarkt.  Great […]

Vienna, Austria

Nothing puts you in the mood for the coming Holiday season like the beautiful Christkindlmarkts in Vienna.  It is so amazing to be wandering the local streets in the cold, with a warm mug of Glühwein, as you look at all the beautiful homemade or handmade gifts.

Europe Again!!

An eventful first week. It’s been just over a week, and so much has happened already! The weather has been quite nice in Switzerland, and I have had plenty of time to get out and enjoy. I have met some of the local musical community by attending a couple of rehearsals of the St. Gallen Choir. […]

Success at the Kennedy Center for Noli Me Tángere

After an exciting week of technical and dress rehearsals at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., this beautiful group of people – singers, instrumentalists, technical crew, producers,  MAFFAA, and the exceedingly capable Union Crews of the Kennedy Center –  came together to make two solid, moving, amazing performances in the Einsenhower Theater.  Noli Me […]

More News: Noli Me Tangere

   From the Washington Post : ‘Noli Me Tangere’ Filipino opera will tell moving tale at Kennedy Center

NEWS: Next Up on My Schedule: “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera”

Opera: “Noli Me Tangere” by Felipe De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino Role: Doña Victorina Where: Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC When: August 8 and 9, 2014 “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera,” a landmark adaptation of the Jose Rizal novel by two Philippine National Artists, composer Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino who wrote the libretto. The […]

Inspiring Composer Quotes, Leonard Bernstein

Marian Anderson, Opera Singer

  Marian Anderson: “It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn’t have this and I didn’t have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered.” […]

Opera Matters = The Arts DO Matter to our Humanity!

Opera Matters = The Arts DO Matter to our Humanity!

Hello Everyone, As someone who worked for San Diego Opera and lived in San Diego for 5 years, I am San Diego Opera.  I can’t be there to help campaign to SAVE my beloved company, but I can implore you to help.  I love the community, the city, its people and its Opera.  Please sign […]

Inspiring Composer Quotes, Bela Bartok

Inspiring Composer Quotes, Gustav Holst

Please Sign the Petition to SAVE San Diego Opera Today!

As you may know, the board of San Diego Opera recently voted to close the company at the end of this season.  This is despite the fact that the company is in the black financially.  This closure makes no sense.  The company is not out of money and is certainly not in danger of bankruptcy, […]

Why We Artists Do What We Do

Written by David Ackert, LA Times: “Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people […]

The Death of a Giant; San Diego Opera Closing

Last night I heard the news from all my friends at San Diego Opera.  I was so stunned and shocked to hear it.  I could not believe what I was reading on Facebook.  Every one of my dear friends and past co-workers were stating the same sad and shocking news, that after 49 years San […]

The Virtual Vienna State Opera Tour

An interactive 360° panorama tour gives visitors a unique look at the Vienna State Opera. A virtual visit to one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. Have you ever toured the flies or taken a look below stage? These are just two of the highlights on the virtual tour of the Vienna State […]

The Battle Between Technology and Performances

How might we deal with this current problem? What do I mean? Cell phones. Which nowadays includes cameras, video cameras, Instagram, gaming, web surfing, texting, tweeting, and of course – the worst – your annoying ring tones. It has become such a common problem in every performance venue – live or film.  How do we […]