Author Archives: Michael

Chorus Stage Time: Turandot vs. Der Freischütz

Turnadot is indeed twice as big as a standard chorus opera part. No wonder we’re so tired but happy afterwards: “Nessun dorma” indeed! Continue reading

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Coming Up: Turandot

It’s less than 24 hours until Turandot opens at West Bay Opera. Turandot is Puccini’s last and grandest opera. To get the chance to perform it as part of a volunteer chorus may well be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading

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Starting MusicXML 3.0

At Recordare, we are planning to start working on MusicXML 3.0 soon. We have been collecting ideas for a new version of the format since MusicXML 2.0 was released three years ago. Improved playback and expanded repertoire are among the possible new features under consideration. Continue reading

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Coming Up: El Niño

When it comes to Christmas oratorios, my favorite is John Adams’ masterpiece El Niño. I am incredibly thrilled to be singing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in our performances of El Niño on December 2, 3, and 4, conducted by John Adams himself.
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Dolet 5.5 for Sibelius Released

Recordare has released a maintenance update for the Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in. Version 5.5 improves the export of segnos, codas, and trills, along with other fixes. Continue reading

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May La Forza Be With You

This was a fun and unusual evening! The Giants won the National League pennant with about 3 minutes to spare before the start of our offstage pilgrims’ chorus scene in Verdi’s La forza del destino at West Bay Opera.
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La Forza del West Bay

The reviews are in from the first weekend of Verdi’s La forza del destino at West Bay Opera, and they are raves indeed. There’s one more weekend to see this remarkable production – and to hear me sing 18 measures in the Act II offstage pilgrim’s chorus. Continue reading

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Celebrating MusicXML’s 10th Anniversary

This month marks a major landmark in Recordare’s history – it’s MusicXML’s 10th anniversary! Continue reading

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