at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th St, New York United States
An informal group of opera lovers sharing recordings and opera knowledge
Gay Men's Opera Club: Celebrate opera and expand your knowledge and appreciation through shared recordings and informative presentations. 2nd Fri 8-10 PM except July/Aug. contact DENAR55@aol.com
2 or 3 subway to West 14th Street
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This coming Friday, January 9th we will greet 2015 with "The Power of Puccini" - Puccini wrote arias for the gramophone era so most of them are under 5 minutes, our limit. Remember that Puccini wrote arias for tenor, baritone and once or twice for mezzos. Also look into duets and ensembles. We don't want a whole evening of soprano or tenor arias. I may bake a cake!
Join us this Friday, December 12, for our holiday meeting. Our theme is HOLIDAY BELLES - WOMEN IN FESTIVE SONG. Whether singing holiday tunes, Christmas carols, Channukah melodies, Festivus fandangos, or just plain happy ditties, bring your favorite selection lasting 5 minutes or less at 8 pm sharp and help us ring in the season!
Next Friday, June 12, we will have our final meeting of the 2014-15 season. The theme will be FAST AND FURIOUS, arias sung at top speed. Please bring selections lasting no longer than 3 minutes, as the second half of the meeting will be our annual sale. If you have any books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, libretti, etc you wish to donate, please bring them along. The sale begins right after the break.
This coming Friday, May 8, we will have our monthly meeting at our regular time of 8-10pm. The theme this month will be NOCHE LATINA! Any operatic selection of 5 minutes or less on the theme of music of Spain or any other Spanish-speaking country. A singer from Spain or Mexico or Peru etc. A Spanish speaking composer. An opera that takes place in Spain. Wherever the subject of NOCHE LATINA takes you. See you then!
Greetings and I hope everyone had a great summer. The GMOC committee met earlier this week and put together the program for our upcoming season. Without further ado: September 12, 2014 - New York Season Preview October 10, 2014 - Murder! Madness! Mayhem! November 14, 2014 - Go For Baroque December 12, 2014 - Holiday Belles (Women in Festive Song) January 9, 2015 - The Power of Puccini February 13, 2015 - Love Duets March 13, 2015 - My Favorite Singer April 10, 2015 - GMOC Video Favorites (a presentation) May 8, 2015 - Noche Latina June 12, 2015 - Fast & Furious I hope to see as many of you (and your friends) at our meetings over the next several months, and to see some of you out at the opera!
The executive committee met this week and put together our schedule for the 2014-15 season. Stay tuned for the announcement in the next few days!
Okay, it is that time of year again. We are going to be planning next season's meetings. We are taking suggestions for themes for next year. Any suggestions?
This Friday, June 13th (Friday the 13th, but nothing to fear in that), will be our last meeting of the season and our annual book/CD/DVD/video/record sale. The theme for this meeting will be CRAZY ABOUT CADENZAS, where we will be bringing in our favorite examples of singers going off book. The dictionary definition of cadenza is: In music, a cadenza (from Italian: cadenza, meaning cadence; plural, cadenze) is, generically, an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a "free" rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display. For our purposes, as we are nothing if not easy-going, any flourish a singer adds to a piece will suffice. Some composers helpfully wrote the cadenzas out for the singers. Baroque, bel canto, and operas up to the mid-19th century are fertile places to go looking for cadenzas. (Wagner and Strauss are probably not going to be making appearances this month, but Senta ends her ballad with a cadenza written by Wagner, so who can say for sure what we will hear?) Remember that all selections must be under 3 minutes, to leave us adequate time for the sale and socializing. And bring a bit of folding cash for the sale, as we do not have the ability to charge. See you all on Friday at the Center!
Please join us this coming Friday, May 9, at the Center (208 W 13 St between 7th/8th Aves), from 8-10pm, for a special presentation by Eli Jacobson and Bob Leeds. The title of the presentation is "Straight or with a Twist(ed): A Comparative Survey of Musical Taste and Style". We will be hearing two versions of each selection; one done as written and the other interpreted a bit more imaginatively by the artist.
REMINDER: This coming Friday's meeting has been cancelled due to forces beyond our control. Next meeting on May 9.