L’opera Imaginaire

In the spirit of our first production of the 2008-09 season, I thought I’d post this beautiful animation by Jonathan Hills set to Felicia Weathers singing “Un Bel Di Vedremo” from Madama Butterfly.

Here is a description of the L’opera Imaginaire series from IMDB:

Like Fantasia (1940) or Allegro Non Troppo (1977), L’Opéra Imaginaire (1993) is an assembly of animated short films based on classic music greats. Directed by some of the best European animators and artists, L’Opéra Imaginaire takes us through dance, theater, music and painting masterpieces. It uses several animation techniques, like stop-motion clay animation or CG characters.

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!

The Madison Opera blog is now officially up and running, and we’re glad you’ve found your way here. My name is Brian and I’m the new Manager of Communications and Community Outreach at Madison Opera. I’ll be writing most of the entries at The MadOpera Blog, but stay tuned for posts from our guest artists and General Director Allan E. Naplan. Along the way there will also be interviews with opera stars and conductors, stage managers and designers, staff and volunteers. We’re hoping this will be a place where you can learn all about what goes on behind the scenes at Madison Opera, from both artistic and administrative viewpoints. In addition to this lofty pursuit (perhaps even complementing it), The MadOpera Blog will inevitably host an amalgam of obscure opera clips from YouTube, musicological tangents, the occasional press release, and accounts of life in the Monroe Street office. That said, we’ll do our best to make this a fun blog to visit, a blog where even the seemingly most random post is somehow traceable back to our simple love of opera and core belief that more people can (and should) share this love.