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Classical Notes: March 27, 2006 Archive

Brush up your Wagner

Posted at 9:09 AM on March 27, 2006 by John Zech
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Wagner's huge operatic masterpiece, the Ring of the Niebelungen, has a convoluted plot based in Norse mythology. If you want to acquaint yourself with the stories and characters a bit better before your next trip to the opera, you might want to check out Dark Kingdom on the Sci-Fi Channel tonight at 8:00 CST.

According to this morning's New York Times review:

"By far the best thing in "Dark Kingdom" is Brunhild, played by Kristanna Loken, Arnold Schwarzenegger's nemesis in "Terminator 3," who was a molten, shape-shifting cyborg that most often assumed the form of a blond hottie. In "Dark Kingdom," with her furs, her blond dreadlocks, her martial-artsy way of wielding a spear, she's fierce and sexy a true Valkyrie, a warrior both on the ice floes and in the bedchamber."

Looks like "24" might have to get TiVo'd tonight.

MN at the Met: Coda

Posted at 12:53 PM on March 27, 2006 by John Birge
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An update on the Met Finals:

Sunday night, Minnesota Opera Resident Artists Seth Keeton and John Michael Moore were among nine singers to perform at the finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Alas, neither of these wonderful singers took top honors, but I heard they were both happy with how they sang and thrilled to just be there. And the exposure they received performing at the Met will be a huge boost to their careers. The only down side of this is the likelihood that as their careers flourish, they'll be called away from Minnesota Opera more often. To get a sample of their voices, hear their studio performances recorded here at MPR, and tune in May 3 at 8pm for a broadcast of all the finalists. Congrats to Seth and John!