Week in Review – May 23, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

OPERA
The larger cultural conversation about gender parity blew up the opera world this week when five male critics blasted up-and-coming Irish soprano Tara Erraught‘s body rather than her voice in a recent performance. Needless to say, the internet reacted, including open letters by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and bass baritone Trevor Bowes

After months of turmoil, San Diego Opera had a special announcement this week:


The company has signed on for a scaled-down 50th anniversary season, staving off closure with an impressive crowdfunding campaign. Fellow music BFFs San Diego Symphony will donate concert space while Houston Grand Opera will lend the Nixon in China sets at no charge. A day after the announcement, California’s AG announced an audit of the company…

A strike could be looming for Metropolitan Opera‘s orchestra musicians should contract talks not improve…

VISUAL
Detroit’s state house of representatives voted that  Detroit Institute of Art cannot renew a property tax millage once it expires in 2022. A key source of support, the millage allows for free museum admission, among other benefits…

Through “credible sources” the FBI has confirmed sightings of  long-missing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art stolen during a notorious 1990 heist…

JAZZ
A Syracuse-area couple designs a home inspired by the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny

THEATRE
One of our Tweeps schools the Twitterverse on how little Off-Broadway actors actually get paid…

LITERATURE
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is reinstating a lawsuit against an Alabama museum for using the author’s trademarks without permission…

SCIENCE (yes, science!)
Surprising exactly no one in the music industry, a British Psychological Society has shown that musical training can increase blood flow to your brain

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An independent cinema in Hudson, Florida needs help converting to digital

From Indiegogo: A musician in Emporia, Kansas wants to start a free music and arts festival in town…

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