Opera and Classical MusicNotes

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Opera and Classical MusicNotes provides commentary on various events and happenings in the opera and classical music world.

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What are some of the behind-the-scenes happenings as productions get mounted? What are the difficulties of maintaining a repertoire company where productions remain on the roster but singers, dancers, musicians, stage crews change? What is going on in the world of opera and classical music? Is this a dying art? Or, is it a vibrant and developing cultural phenomenon?

When Myron Yusypovych is

  • working on new productions

  • preparing concerts

  • assessing different projects

this is the place to find his opinions and views on the ongoing process.

Opera and Classical MusicNotes is a record of opinions, information and analysis produced on a semi-regular basis. When there is a lot of production work (rehearsals, meetings, discussions, plans….) the MusicNotes appear with less frequency. Sorry, but time is taken up with the “real“ world of opera and classical music.

Many of the posts that focus on current productions, concerts and projects link

  • to related thematic pages on this site

  • to previous posts on a similar theme.

These links give you, the reader, a chance to immerse yourself in the world of opera and classical music.

All Opera and Classical MusicNotes are arranged in reverse choronological order.

Instead of setting up a system of archives, the Opera and Classical MusicNotes are arranged according to the year in which they were written. When a new year begins, this means that a new page is created. For previous years you can view a general list of topics below.

Click the titles below to read:

Opera and Classical MusicNotes – 2011

In 2011, MusicNotes included thoughts on working with young singers, young conductors and opera tenors. Issues of reform in the opera world of Ukraine, the musical legacy of the Soviet Union and performing modern classical music were issues of concern. A special focus was put on Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Haydn.

Opera and Classical MusicNotes – 2010

In 2010, MusicNotes focused on Giuseppe Verdi – his operas, the role of Aida and the overtures to the operas Nabucco and La Forza del destino. A special concert of love songs for Valentine's Day, a classical music concert with two talented musicians and a performance in Olsztyn, Poland were highlights. This was the year Myron Yusypovych began work on the Harmony of the Spheres project.

Opera and Classical MusicNotes – 2009

In 2009, MusicNotes on performances included: «Va pensiero» from the opera Nabucco. Some thoughts on Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana, a premiere performance of The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. The year included open-air classical music performances in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. The famous female opera singer, Ira Malaniuk, was honoured. This was the year that Myron Yusypovych published his first anthology of poems.