Friday, December 05, 2014

Great news as reported in Milwaukee Daily Magazine. It seems that Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights opera will finally be recorded:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) continues to support the arts and creativity to improve lives and communities in the United States. In its first fiscal year 2015 announcement, the NEA will award $29.1 million through 1,116 grants in three categories including Art Works funding for the Florentine Opera Company's Carlisle Floyd Recording Initiative. (...)
The project features a concert performance and professional recording of "Wuthering Heights" by composer Carlisle Floyd. NEA Opera Honoree Carlisle Floyd's canon of operas is amongst the most performed by any living American opera composer, however four essential operas have never been commercially released. With the composer acting as artistic advisor, this Florentine premiere recording will feature conductor Joseph Mechavich, soprano Georgia Jarman (Cathy), baritone Kelly Markgraf (Heathcliff), soprano Heather Buck (Isabella), tenor Vale Rideout (Edgar), tenor Chad Shelton (Hindley), mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (Nelly), tenor Frank Kelley (Joseph), The Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The live concert recording by Soundmirror of Boston, MA will be released by the Bridge Records label.
On Jan. 9 and 11, 2015, the Florentine continues it's tradition of highlighting American operatic classics with a premiere commercial recording project featuring Carlisle Floyd's "Wuthering Heights" at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield – FO General Director William Florescu announced, "Through the support of the NEA, this project will add to the canon of great American opera recordings–The Florentine Opera brings American Opera Composer Carlisle Floyd's operatic masterpiece to life in this concert staging of the classic English novel by Emily Brontë. Floyd's score takes you to the heart of Catherine and Heathcliff's devastating love story."
"Wuthering Heights" will be presented in concert, live on the stage of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center with an all-star cast of Florentine favorites, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Joseph Mechavich. Soprano Georgia Jarman (Elettra in Idomeneo, 2012; Marie in La Fille du Regiment, 2006; Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, 2008; Gilda in Rigoletto, 2010) sings the role of Catherine with baritone Kelly Markgraf as Heathcliff. Soprano Heather Buck (Valencienne in The Merry Widow, 2007; Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, 2009; and Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, 2010) returns to the Florentine as Isabel, while tenor Vale Rideout (Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry, 2010 ; Igneo in Rìo de Sangre, 2010) returns as her brother, Edgar. Tenor Chad Shelton makes his Florentine debut as Hindley. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer makes her return to the Florentine stage as Nelly, and tenor Frank Kelley (Spoletta in Tosca, 2009; Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry, 2010; Pang in Turandot, 2011; and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, 2013) sings the role of Joseph.
Keighley News reports the performances of the Lip Service comic duo in Halifax:
The Brontë sisters are among the latest targets for well-known Yorkshire comedy duo LipService.
The two women are playing real-life characters including Charlotte Brontë as they tour The Hysterical The Historical.
The show will be performed at the Square Chapel Centre For The Arts in Halifax on December 12 at 8pm.
Audiences can expect a whacky, whirlwind tour of Britain’s female national treasures in a production that is part sketch show, and part pub quiz.
A spokesman for LipService said The Hysterical The Historical saw the two women returning to their stand-up comedy roots.
She said: “You can meet notorious gossip Mrs Gaskell and her timid friend Charlotte Brontë, and learn about Marie Stopes and her little known friendship with Scott of the Antarctic. (David Knights)
The Guardian reviews the Pierre Huyghe exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:
There are funny emphases, like an early Super-8 travelogue never seen before, and intentionally gaping holes. Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights might start blaring from one gallery while you’re contemplating a puppet show featuring a dancing Le Corbusier. Sounds chaotic? It is, in places. But the more accurate word might be alive. (Jason Farago
Bustle on fan fiction:
Fanfiction can fill in gaps in existing stories, expand on the narrative of minor characters, transplant characters from different universes into the same fictional world, bring real people into fictional universes, and so much more. When the Brontë sisters spent hours of their youth and young adulthood constructing fantastic adventure stories for the real life Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, that was fan fiction. (Hannah Nelson-Teutsch)

The Bedford Daily Voice informs of the inauguration of the revamped Fox Lane High School courtyard:
The dedication included a ribbon cutting, music from student a cappella group the Commoners and a poetry reading from Fox Lane student Andrew Reino, who read a work by Emily Brontë. (Tom Auchterlonie)
The Juneau Empire reviews Longbourn by Jo Baker:
If you find “Pride and Prejudice” boring and agree with Charlotte Brontë that “I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen in their elegant but confined houses,” then I would suggest “Longbourn.”
Jared Della Rocca is not an Austen fan as this article about Persuasion in Bennington Banner shows:
While oft-considered a classic of literature, it's not one that necessarily bears revisiting. There are others from that era ("Jane Eyre") that are more worth your reading time.
Another review. Washington Post discusses Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995-2014 by Alice Munro.
Like one of those poor relatives or downtrodden governesses of Victorian fiction, the short story often seems anemic or slightly depressed. It is shuffled off into a corner, while its wealthy cousin the novel sits in the spotlit warmth, luxuriating in the depth and breadth that is its birthright. Lacking the novel’s richness, the short story offers a Jane Eyre-like intensity, which some readers may find uncongenial or bought at too great a literary price. (Claire Hopley)
Confessions of a Yorkshire woman on The Cambridge Student:
I walk on the treadmill on the highest incline, close my eyes and listen to an audiobook of Wuthering Heights. I am Cathy and Cambridge is my Thrushcross Grange.I long for sweeping hills and rugged landscapes. I long for a land of lads with White Rose tattoos chanting ‘Yorrrrrrksha’ and lasses wearing heels, false eyelashes and not much else. A land where lunch is dinner and dinner is tea, just like God intended. (Charlotte Akers-Dunphy)
The Portland Tribune lists a local representation of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
Third Rail Repertory presents the Charles Ludlam quick-change romp, directed by Philip Cuomo and starring Isaac Lamb and Leif Norproductionby, with the actors playing all the roles in a send-up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 1950s horror movies, “Wuthering Heights,” and Hitchcock’s “Rebecca.
On Menorca (Spain) we read the following (quite funny) comment:
Transcribo un significativo fragmento a continuación: «Definitivamente, tenemos gustos literarios diferentes. ¡Con lo que molan las hermanas Brontë! ¿No me negarás que esos páramos ingleses no son también una típica estampa otoñal? :D». A lo cual respondí: «¡Lo cortés no quita lo valiente! Heathcliff es uno de los grandes tíos buenos de la Historia de la Literatura anglosajona y yo lo vi primero, aunque solo sea porque tengo más años. ;-P».  (Ana Gomila) (Translation)
Libreriamo (Italy) recommends books as gifts for Christmas:
Cime tempestose, Emily Brontë - Unico romanzo di Emily Brontë, pubblicato nel 1847 sotto lo pseudonimo di Ellis Bell un anno prima della sua prematura morte all'età di trent'anni, rappresenta una delle opere più significative, intense e originali di tutta la letteratura inglese. L'autrice narra la storia di un grande e appassionato amore con tale immaginazione, veridicità e densità emotiva che sembra richiamare addirittura la semplicità e l'autenticità delle tragedie antiche. (Roberta Turillazzi) (Translation)
La Repubblica (Italy) traces a profile of the writer and film director Marjane Satrapi:
A nove anni sfogliava testi di Che Guevara, a dieci aveva letto Cime tempestose e a undici prendeva in mano i saggi di filosofia di Sartre. (Anaïs Ginori) (Translation)
The Tooele Transcript Bulletin reviews Texts from Jane EyreRandom Things Through My Letterbox gives away a copy of Jane Stubb's Thornfield Hall.


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