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Bicycles In The City: Nicaragua Edition

Rivas is a city of 28,000 in Nicaragua nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua. Over the past 20 years, the bicycle charity Pedals for Progress has sent 20,000 bicycles to the town. The ease with residents can get…

Introducing Your #Operaplot 2011 Judge: Eric Owens

Miss Mussel is delighted to announce that in between appearances at the Met and Carnegie Hall, American bass-baritone Eric Owens will be judging the #Operaplot 2011 contest. Woot. (do people still say that these days?) Owens was part of the…

James Levine Cancels Remaining BSO Dates

Just got word via the OM Inbox that James Levine has canceled all remaining engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this season due to “the ill effects from a recent procedure addressing his ongoing back issues, further complicated by a…

#Operaplot 2011: Save The Date

#Operaplot 2011 will take place between 11th and 15th April. More details to follow shortly. Either watch this space or follow the news on Twitter. For some samples of last year’s contest – start here or check out the winners…

Opera’s Favourite Love Songs

Last week Miss Mussel asked 8 singers from all sorts of different genres about their favourite love songs. The whole list, complete with videos, is on the LA Times Culture Monster Blog. Here’s what songs the opera singers chose: Thomas…

Yo Ho Sebastian!

Beautifully filmed video, major earworm of a tune and old-fashioned story telling. Buy the track here.

Lovely To Make Your Acquaintance

Miss Mussel has been doing a bit of retrospecting on this past year by way of poking around her stats program and discovered that you’re quite the motley bunch. 100,000 of you viewed 1.25 million pages, which resulted in the…

Willcocksapalooza

Although the title of this post seems wrong from almost every angle and presumably in every light, it seems to really capture the essence of this, the penultimate, advent posting. Sir David Willcocks’ arrangements of many carols are simply my…

The eccentric choir boy…

Today I offer to you, gentle reader, a clunky, over stuffed, pompous version of ‘Hark the Herald Angel’. Truth be told, I love EVERY second of it. Simply nobody does pomp like the British and we will see this in…

Twelve Days Of Flash Mobs

Over on the LA Times Culture Monster blog, Miss Mussel is doing a countdown to Christmas via the medium of flash mobs. So far we’ve had the first food court Hallelujah Chorus; high schoolers spreading good cheer at the grocery…

It Was The Holly

From Trololo to a Cornish village. The Sans Day Carol was written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the it was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during the folk song collecting craze that…

Lo, how a rose

After several posts of ‘lighter’ music, we return to something a bit more satisfying to the ear. The tune of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen most familiar today appears in the Speyer Hymnal (printed in Cologne in 1599), and the…

Plus Ça Change: Charity Muggers And Frisky Teenagers

Here’s part of a piece Miss Mussel had in The Toronto Star last week about what certain Christmas carol lyrics are really talking about. Wassailing: Essentially an excuse for a booze-up, wassailing is a type of Christmas trick-or-treating/extortion. Peasants would…

Genghis Barbie Grinch

New York horn quartet Ghengis Barbie presents the You’re A Mean One Mr.Grinch with an extra large helping of sleeze. French horns can be secksy too, you know.