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[Bearbeiten] In Stephen King opera Patricia Racette is 'Dolores Claiborne


 Font ResizeIn Stephen King opera Patricia Racette is 'Dolores Claiborne'Posted:
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Operatic soprano Patricia Racette is ticking off the names of her favorite film actors: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench and,Santana Moss Jersey, most of all, Meryl Streep. "You don't see her putting on a character; you see her being that character," says Racette. "You forget that she's acting, because you're lost in the story. And I approach my craft in the same way. I don't want people to be aware that I'm singing for them. I want to transport them. I want them to taste the story."Or stories.Arriving at what she concedes was an "ever so slightly insane" decision, Racette agreed to double her singing and story-telling duties this fall at San Francisco Opera. Already set to star in the season-opening production of Arrigo Boito's Patricia Racette will star in the title role of Dolores Claiborne at San Francisco Opera. Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera (Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera)"Mefistofele" -- a 19th century Italian epic based on Goethe's "Faust" in which she sings not one, but two roles -- Racette accepted an emergency request that she take over the title role in "Dolores Claiborne," composer Tobias Picker's new opera based on the 1993 Stephen King thriller.'Intense challenge'As "Mefistofele" continues (it opened Sept. 6), "Claiborne" will have its world premiere Sept. 18 at War Memorial Opera House. It has a 245-page score. It had been billed as a "tour de force" for mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick -- who dropped out on Aug. 26, after health issues erupted.Rehearsals were well under way when Racette agreed to take on the task with just three weeks to commit the new score to memory. She will sing throughout most of the opera's two-plus hours, as well as performing in Boito's nearly three-hour work, singing the roles of a peasant girl and Helen of Troy."Insane," she says again. She then adds this about "Dolores Claiborne": "It's going to be to the wire, but it's do-able. I wouldn't take it otherwise. I love an intense challenge. I like having the ability to rise to it."She speaks in staccato bursts,Cheap Nike Washington Redskins Jerseys, leaning toward her interviewer in an office at the opera house. The intensity she shows onstage as a singing actress -- she's a regular at New York's Metropolitan Opera as well as in San Francisco and at other leading houses -- pours forth even in conversation.Yes, this double-duty is taking her "a little bit out of her comfort zone." But she's always been like this. Growing up in New Hampshire, she once fashioned an ice rink in her yard when she got tired of waiting for her parents to take her skating: "Just insatiable," she says, when asked to describe her childhood self. "I needed a lot of stimuli around me. I wanted a lot of activity and projects." New take on DoloresThank goodness Racette "had the courage and the chutzpah" to take on "Dolores Claiborne," says David Gockley, San Francisco Opera's general director.The new work, Picker's sixth, spins the story of the eponymous Dolores, a working-class woman in rural Maine. For 40 years, she is caretaker to a rich woman, Vera Donovan, who dies from a fall down a flight of stairs. Falsely accused of the murder, Claiborne re-lives a different murder that she brought about years earlier: that of her husband, Joe St. George, who beat her and sexually molested their daughter, Selena.With libretto by poet and literary critic J.D. McClatchy, it's an adult opera with an "emotional core and dramatic situation that is irresistible to me," says composer Picker, who calls King "perhaps America's best storyteller."The book has had a life. In 1995, it became a film,Influx of overseas job seekers to keep lid on UAE wage incre, with Kathy Bates in the leading role. That was an "awesome, amazing, pinnacle performance," says Racette, whose own performance will in many ways rest on Picker's music. He's known as a melodist, and the new work has "sweet melody," says Racette, along with "jagged dissonances and eerie nuances." The composer writes for "the extremes of the voice, which creates certain challenges."Complex characterAt a handful of points in those 245 pages, he is building cues into the score to ease her learning process just a bit. Amid a dissonant orchestral thicket, for instance, a trumpet now foreshadows the first note of a phrase that Racette must soon sing. Like a warning shout, it lets her hear and grab onto the note, which she otherwise would have to pull out of thin air. "Thank you, Tobias!" Racette says.When Gockley first came to her last month, asking that she consider the role, she hesitated. Then she examined the story, quickly, and decided that, while it was intended for the mezzo Zajick (mezzos have lower ranges than sopranos), it really was a "soprano part with some low extensions," suiting her own voice, which is "very happy" in its lower regions.Her partner, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, also took a look and said, "I think you can do this. I'll help you." Clayton bought a four-foot electronic keyboard for the apartment in which they are staying, and the two went to work."Every single minute, she has helped me through," says Racette. "We wake up, and we have a cup of coffee, and we don't relax; we open to Scene 6."Luckily, says Racette, "Music tends to memorize itself for me." But that's not the only reason she is going out on a limb with this role.She identifies with the opera's American-ness, and even more so with Dolores Claiborne's New England roots. She cherishes the character's complexity and the changes she goes through over the story's 40-year span: "I love the transformative aspects of theater. That turns me on, to sink my teeth into that." What else? She feels close to Picker and his music; this will be the third of his operas in which she has performed, after "Emmeline" (which premiered at Santa Fe Opera in 1996) and "An American Tragedy" (which debuted at the Met in 2005). And she feels huge loyalty toward San Francisco Opera. It's her "home house,Washington Redskins T-Shirts," where she has performed in more than 30 productions since debuting as the Priestess in Verdi's "Aida" in 1989.Add it all up, says Racette, and "it took my reason away, and had me say, 'Yes.'"Contact Richard Scheinin at 408-920-5069, read his stories and reviews at and follow him on Twitter at .San Francisco Opera
World premiere of Tobias Picker's "Dolores Claiborne," based on the novel by Stephen King; starring soprano Patricia Racette
When: Sept. 18-Oct. 4 (Catherine Cook subs for Racette in the final two performances)
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tickets: $23-$385; 415-864-3330,
Also: Racette performs in the San Francisco Symphony production of Arrigo Boito's "Mefistofele" through Oct. 2; and she sings songs by Gershwin, Sondheim and Porter in the recital "Diva on Detour," Oct. 4 at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; .    Font Resize   

[Bearbeiten] Texas A&M vs. Alabama Preview- NFL Fits for Johnny Manzi

Sep 7, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A The hottest topic possibly in all of football right now or any time in the past six months has been that of Johnny Manziel. The first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy set college football on fire last season, leading Texas A M to a huge victory over Alabama and a bowl game blowout win over Oklahoma. Certainly one of the most electric players on the field in college football, Manziel has created a bit of an alternate diva persona off of it. He s not gotten himself into that big of trouble, only being suspended for one half of a meaningless early season romp for the Aggies, but nonetheless, Manziel has NFL scouts concerned about his habits off the field and whether it will affect his work on it. We re not certain that this is Manziel s last year at College Station,Cheap Washington Redskins Jersey, but there have been rumblings and Manziel himself at one point this offseason noted how he couldn t wait to leave A M. So, since he ll eventually get a shot at the NFL someday,Wholesale Redskins Hats, I thought it would be fun on the eve of the Alabama matchup in 2013 to look at some of the best fits for the Heisman winner in the NFL right now.

In my latest QB Carousel prediction article,Robert Griffin III Jersey, I took a look at how the signal callers in the league might shuffle around with the incoming 2014 class. I projected initially Manziel to go to the Minnesota Vikings, who have a pretty nice young core of talent but have a disappointing first round QB in Christian Ponder. Ponder might cost current head coach Leslie Frazier his job with the Vikes as head coach,RENO, Nev.- Scathing obit about abusive NV mother goes viral, and I think the team will be on the lookout for a new QB very soon. Manziel paired with Adrian Peterson along with some young playmakers like Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph sounds mighty fun to watch.

The Jaguars are an absolute mess right now. They have no long term solution at the QB position, and quite honestly the playmakers they have on offense aren t making any plays, even dating back to last year. Some have joked that the best QB on the Jaguars roster right now is Denard Robinson. It might not be a terrible idea to throw him back there and see what happens at this point. With Teddy Bridgewater a serious option in JAX, it s hard to consider Manziel here but you have to think a team with this big of a need at QB will at least explore all options.

Rob Chudzinski had pretty good success with another young SEC Heisman winning quarterback in his rookie season with Carolina, and now being the head man in Cleveland, I think they ll be on the hunt for some new blood at that position with Brandon Weeden s struggles. There s still a lot of season left and Weeden could prove me wrong, but I don t see that happening. The Browns made the call to take a 30 year old player as a rookie, when he still needs the required development for any young QB. Weeden has not made a quick transition to the NFL, and looks more than replaceable at this point. Enter Manziel, who would immediately ignite a fire under this Browns franchise. Like the Vikings, they have some intriguing young talent in Trent Richardson, Jordan Cameron, and Josh Gordon. If only guys like Greg Little could step up their game

The Chiefs would probably slow play this pick, seeing as they re-signed Alex Smith and have quite a bit of confidence in him, but certainly Andy Reid has had success with quarterbacks featuring Manziel s skill-set. This would be an interesting landing spot if the Chiefs were to upgrade the WR and TE positions next offseason, getting Manziel in there to develop for a year, maybe two.

Chip Kelly s offense plus Johnny Manziel sounds pretty fun, especially if you love up-tempo football. Manziel has the ideal skills for Kelly s offense with his ability to run and pass, as well as improvise. The Eagles used a fourth round pick on Matt Barkley last year, and they apparently really like him, but you never know what will happen between now and the time Manziel enters the NFL, so the Eagles could be a really intriguing fit.

Manziel s persona would fit right in with the Raiders, and he might just be the spark of energy the franchise needs to be revived. I m still a pretty big believer in Terrelle Pryor, so I m not sure I like the fit so much.

[Bearbeiten] Mass. man convicted of first degree murder in 1969 cold case


 Font ResizeMass. man convicted of first degree murder in 1969 cold caseBy Lisa Redmond, Lowell SunUpdated:
09/15/2013 02:54:21 PM PDT
Roberta McCabe-Donovan, sister of the late John McCabe, testifies during the murder trial of Walter Shelly in Lowell, Mass. (Lowell Sun)LOWELL All she could do was cry.

Forty-four years after the body of 15-year-old John McCabe was found tied up in a vacant field in Lowell, Mass., Roberta McCabe-Donovan, who was 6 at the time of her brother's murder, said all she could do was weep when a jury on Friday convicted Walter Shelley of first-degree murder in this cold-case murder. "I was in shock," McCabe-Donovan said. "It's just unbelievable." After a weeklong trial and a total of two days of deliberations, a Lowell jury Friday morning found Shelley, 61, of Tewksbury, Mass.,Santana Moss Jersey, guilty of first-degree murder and intimidation in connection with the Sept. 27, 1969, murder of McCabe. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker postponed sentencing until Oct. 29. A jury on Friday convicted Walter Shelley of first-degree murder in a decades-old cold case. (Lowell Sun)Shelley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Anyone convicted of first-degree murder gets an automatic appeal to the state's highest court. Getting the verdict on Friday the 13th was seen as a good omen for her family, McCabe-Donovan said. It was on Friday,Dubai pair kidnapped and raped prostitute, hears court, March 13, 1954, when her big brother, John McCabe, was born. And it was on a Friday the 13th, more than four decades after his death, that "justice has finally occurred," she said. Retired Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee, under whose tenure the McCabe murder was reopened, said,Redskins Jersey, "First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the McCabe family. They've waited for justice in this matter for decades and I pray this conviction brings them solace and satisfaction." McCabe-Donovan admitted that after a different jury found co-defendant Michael Ferreira, of Salem, N.H., not-guilty of the murder last January, she didn't want to get her hopes up for a guilty verdict. It was shortly after Ferreira's not guilty verdict that McCabe-Donovan's father, William McCabe, 85,Washington Redskins T-Shirts, died of a heart attack. McCabe-Donovan, who attended every day of the trial with her mother, Evelyn, wishes her father was alive to see the verdict. The Prosecutor Thomas O'Reilly shows the jury the area where 15-year-old John McCabe's body was found in 1969 during the murder trial of Walter Shelly in Lowell, Mass. (Lowell Sun)key this time may have been prosecutor Thomas O'Reilly's emphasis to the jury about co-defendant turned prosecution witness Edward Allan Brown's confession to police, McCabe-Donovan said. O'Reilly told the jury this "cold case" was cracked in 2011, when Brown, now 61, a retired 30-year Air Force veteran, risked his freedom to confess to the McCabe murder. Brown named his Tewksbury friends at the time, Ferreira and Shelley, as participating in the plot to teach McCabe "a lesson" for flirting with Shelley's girlfriend, Marla Shiner. "Edward Allan Brown is a killer," O'Reilly told the jury. "Whatever secret he was carrying for 43 years has finally come out." After he confessed, Brown struck a deal with prosecutors that in exchange for his testimony, he would plead guilty to manslaughter and receive no jail time. Brown testified that hours before the murder, Ferreira and Shelley allegedly picked up Brown at his Tewksbury home, telling him they wanted to "get" McCabe because he was flirting with Shiner. There was conflicting testimony about whether Shelley and Shiner were dating. After driving around Tewksbury, the trio spotted McCabe hitchhiking home from the Knights of Columbus dance in Tewksbury. They allegedly forced him into the back seat and Ferreira assaulted the teen. They stopped at a vacant field off Maple Street in Lowell, where Ferreira allegedly used his pocket knife to cut rope which was used to tie McCabe's ankles and wrists, and a rope from his neck to his ankles, Brown testified. Tape was placed across his mouth to muffle his screams and with tape on his eyes, the boy was blind. Then Ferreira muttered something about "messing with Marla," Brown testified. Brown testified the last time he saw McCabe alive, the boy was laying on his belly with his legs up in the air due to the rope tied from his ankles to his neck. O'Reilly said that as McCabe struggled to free himself, the rope around his neck was slowly choking him. The state medical examiner ruled McCabe died from asphyxiation due to strangulation. After 45 minutes to an hour of driving around drinking beer, the trio decided McCabe learned his lesson. Returning to the scene, Brown said Shelley and Ferreira got out of the car and went over to McCabe. They knelt over him and then quickly returned to the car. As they drove away, Brown testified Ferreira and Shelley were "frantic," telling him, "he's not breathing." Realizing McCabe was dead, the three made a pact never to tell anyone, Brown said. In his closing arguments, defense attorney Stephen Neyman tried to discredit Brown's testimony, saying Brown told police multiple stories about the night of the murder. McCabe-Donovan said, "I do feel bad for Shelley and his family," but for her family it's a "little bit of closure." Follow Lisa Redmond on Tout and Twitter at @lredmond13_lisa. 

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