Opera Valentines – Round Three

For those of you who enjoyed my Opera Valentines round one and, last year, round two, I have added six more to the collection. Have a loving, lovely day, and send this delightful sentiments to your opera loving paramours and courtesans.

Here’s Who Your Favorite Opera Characters Are Voting For Today

Well, it’s been a crazy election season, but today it all culminates in that simple action of a vote. Here in opera land we have been at the polls all morning, trying to get statements from some of the more recognizable characters as to which candidate they cast their ballots for. Some were very willing […]

Published Posthumously

There are things I never got to say to David Budbill while he was still alive. These messages must now be published posthumously. The Vermont author passed away early Sunday morning, ending his three year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease. David wrote the words that I sang last year in […]

A 9-Year-Old Girl’s Thoughts on a Gershwin Classic

Ruby, unlike her father, does not like stuff. She was complaining about it so much today that I put on the song “I’ve Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’” from the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. She definitely had some thoughts about it, and she provided a running commentary for the song, which I will now attempt to […]

Brundibar: My Daughter’s First Opera

For those of you just joining us here at Tenor Dad, I should inform you before we begin that I am not talking about my daughter seeing her first opera. No, avid readers will recall that her first opera that she ever saw was Gianni Schicchi at the age of 4. Therefore, I cannot be writing […]

If Classical Composers Collaborated Like Today’s Artists

So the Grammys were just on, and many fine musicians won prestigious awards. In fact, you may remember that I told you to go out and get Tim Kubart’s album “Home,” because it was the best children’s music of the year. Turns out I was right, and he won the Grammy. Awesome! Congrats, Tim! But […]

Opera Valentines

If any of you opera lovers out there are struggling with what to send your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day, just relax! I’ve got you covered, with 8 new cards (edit: we’re up to 12 now!) that you can give to that special someone this year. And you don’t need to thank me. Just send chocolate. […]

A Musician’s Worst Nightmare

Have you seen those videos online, where some sneaky orchestra decides to play a prank on one of their soloists or conductors by playing the wrong piece, and then the subject of the prank is so awesome that they just play the wrong piece instead too? That is pretty amazing. But where are the videos […]

One Sentence Summaries of the 15 Most Performed Operas in the World

La traviata – A young man’s family tries to keep him from marrying a dying prostitute. Carmen – An angry mama’s boy takes revenge on his ex-girlfriend, a street magician working for big tobacco. La bohème – A bunch of lazy freeloaders complain about things until they die. Tosca – Local police track down a […]