Upon meeting Prince Husney thought, “Oh, my God, I’m in love. He was a raw, uncharted talent, an uncut diamond, freshly plucked from the music mines of Minneapolis.”
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Julie Himmelstrup is a beloved figure in local musical circles. Her stepping down at the age of 81, while it cannot be called unexpected, is a sea change nonetheless.
Michael Christie, Minnesota Opera’s music director and chief conductor, presided in the pit. Mark Campbell, frequent Minnesota Opera collaborator, wrote the libretto.
“This opera arrives… at a time in this country when we’re all feeling very nervous, not unlike what the characters in this opera were feeling during the Great Depression.”
Marriner changed the sound of the Minnesota Orchestra, and through tours and recordings he raised its profile.
“The Dream of the Red Chamber,” a stunning production by the San Francisco Opera, premiered Sept. 10 with 170 Minnesotans — many of whom helped launch the project — in the audience.
“Opera is about three things: love, death and power,” said composer Paul Moravec. “‘The Shining’ has all those elements plus an incredibly well-made narrative and strong characters.”
“There are no real thrillers in opera,” said Rob Ainsley, the company’s head of music. “No one’s done this before.”
“For the first time in its history the SPCO will play in a concert hall that was designed for it and that is the right size for a chamber orchestra,” President Bruce Coppock said.
St. Louis Park native, Isbin will perform Tuesday at the Dakota Jazz Club, a double-bill with the Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo.