Tonight is the premiere of Otello in Opernhaus Dortmund. I have a lot of fond memories wrapped around Otello, and I’m very happy to be singing in the chorus of our fantastic production tonight. Toi toi toi to all involved.
Today is the premiere of Hamlet: Sein oder Nichtsein at the Kinder und Jugend Theater Dortmund. This is a new work by Timo Jouko Herrmann and André Meyer based on the Hamlet story, though it diverges in a few meaningful ways.
In December I wrote this on Facebook:
And that remains mostly true. It’s not as atonal as I originally thought (Ophelia has some especially lovely and melodious passages), and it’s actually meant for teenagers from the age of 14 and up (this hews much closer to Hamlet than, for example, The Lion King).
But I had thought that I’d never get to do any of Hamlet’s famous speech, and here we are singing it in the chorus in a dark but colorful and rich production. This is an exciting work visually, thematically and aurally (the sounds coming from the orchestra are especially thrilling).
Toi toi toi to all involved!
Heute Abend im Opernhaus Dortmund findet die Premiere von Paul Abrahams Die Blume von Hawaii statt. Ich singe die Kombi-Rolle Kanako Hilo und Kaluna (Kanako spricht und Kaluna singt, obwohl praktisch bin ich Kanako Hilo die ganze Zeit).
Wie Roxy und ihr Wunderteam ist die Musik eine Jazz und Operette Mischung. Man kann klassische Stimmen und Stepptanz von der Bühne hören, aber es gibt viel mehr dazu zu erleben. Viele Farben. Viel Humor. Viel, das schön und kreativ ist.
Ich freue mich sehr auf die Premiere. Toi toi toi an allen Beteiligten!
Tonight in Opernhaus Dortmund is the premiere of Paul Abraham’s Die Blume von Hawaii. I’m singing a combination role of Kanako Hilo and Kaluna (Kanako talks while Kaluna sings, but practically speaking I’m Kanako Hilo the whole time if that makes any sense).
Like Roxy und ihr Wunderteam, this contains a mixture of jazz and operetta musical influences. The audience will hear classical voices and tap dancing very near to one another, but there’s much more to experience. Many colors. Lots of humor. Much beauty and creativity.
I’m very much looking forward to it. Toi toi toi to all!
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Thank you, President Barack Obama, for the last eight years. I and many other Americans wish you the best as you transition to back to normal-ish citizen life, and although I’m sad that you will no longer be president, I am excited to see what you and your family will do next.
Here are some things that caught my attention this past week that you might enjoy as well.
Stan Getz’s Jazz Samba Encore! and Johnny Patience’s California Dreaming photos
Jazz Samba Encore! is probably the greatest album I’ve ever heard for instantly curing winter blues. Germany gets very dark, cold and wet in the winter, and I’ve always been affected by seasonal depression.
Enter Stan Getz, and it’s an instant transformation. A grey day seems light and breezy, and the grey days shift to light pastels in my inner eye. Combine this with looking at the beautiful film photo set called “California Dreaming” from Johnny Patience, and it’s a great way to brighten up your inner world.
“Samba de Duas Notas” and “Menina Flor” are particular favorites, though the whole album is terrific.
Lead Poison by Elzhi
I heard the track “Two 16’s” as the final selection on the Mr. Choc Takeaway Abstract Radio episode, and I was immediately taken. It’s hard for me to speak intelligently about hip hop, but the backup tracks are musically engaging in their own right, and the lyrics are adventurous and self-aware.
The whole album is strong, but I keep returning to a few tracks. The first track “Medicine Man” is a startlingly strong argument for creativity as the answer to inner turmoil. “Two 16s” has backup vocals that might trick you into thinking the subject is lighter than it actually is. “She Sucks” is, cough cough, not what you might think it’s about, and there’s something about horror-themed tracks that I find really fun. There may also be some commentary on addiction in it as well. Also be sure to check out “Introverted”, “CoSIGN” and “Keep Dreaming”, which is both confrontational and inspirational.
Yes, there are some explicit words on this album, though not every track earns an “Explicit” warning.