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Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Music Dir ector  Ben Makino (All production images courtesy of  Joey Miller , 2015) In this post, I thought I’d show some of the considerations that contribute to an interpretation of The Magic Flute by looking at two of its arias: The Queen of the Night’s Act I aria ( O zittre nicht ) and Pamina’s Act II aria ( Ach, ich fühl’s ). I would like to mention before starting that a work like The Magic Flute has accumulated an enormous volume of analysis over the past... Read More
at Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Translation and Canon

By Music Director Ben Makino I first read this a few months ago, and it was originally going to be the heart of a different post, but seeing as we’re in the midst of staging The Magic Flute , one of the most popular and studied pieces in the repertoire, it seems particularly appropriate now. It is from the introduction to Dennis Washburn’s new translation of The Tale of Genji , which I impulse-purchased in early August. While I unfortunately haven’t gotten into this translation of the Tale... Read More
at Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Part 2

By Music Director Ben Makino Get a sneak peek into Ben's summer in this latter half of his two part post,  How I Spent My Summer Vacation . Missed the first part? Check it out here . In between all of these small and large projects I managed to get some reading done, perhaps most notably the recent Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford. After reading Robert Gutman’s Mozart: A Cultural Biography a year ago, I wanted to dedicate more time to learning about the... Read More
at Friday, October 23, 2015
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How I I Spent My Summer Vacation, Part 1

By Music Director Ben Makino Get a sneak peek into Ben's summer in this two part post, How I Spent My Summer Vacation . The time from June 1 and August 1 this year, the interval I am officially away from Opera Memphis, was a period filled with various activities, some mundane and many musical. It came immediately on the heels of a trip to Japan that Sarah and I took, meeting my father on our arrival in Tokyo. My brother has lived there for (I think) ten years now and was recently... Read More
at Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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