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October 21, 2009

Charles Theatre continues its opera series with 'Die Walkure' from Valencia

The Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcast series in movie theaters may be the biggest thing since sliced bread, but it's not the only game in town. The Emerging Pictures opera-in-cinema series provides similar services, although most performances are on tape, rather than live. (A notable exception -- opening night at La Scala, which will be beamed live to participating theaters on Dec. 7).

Locally, the Charles Theatre is a great place to check out this non-Met action. Next up is Wagner's "Die Walkure" from Valencia, conducted by Zubin Mehta and with a cast that includes Peter Seiffert as Siegmund, Petra Maria Schnitzer as Sieglinde, Matti Salminen as Hunding, Juha Uusitalo as Wotan and Jennifer Wilson as Brunnhilde. The staging is by Carlos Padrissa. Showings are noon on Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Ho-jo-to-ho.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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