Coach sings with Met

first_imgWhen Notre Dame vocal instructor Deborah Mayer caught word of an audition opportunity with the New York Metropolitan Opera, she had one week’s notice to make her lifelong dream a reality. Mayer, who teaches voice lessons at the University, will perform the role of Gerhilde in “Die Walkure”this spring. The opera is part of German composer Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” which Mayer said the Opera is performing in its entirety this spring to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth.   “My manager told me they needed someone to fill a particular role that was being vacated, so I prepared the music with a week’s notice,” Mayer said. “It was one of those things where someone says ‘jump’ and all you can say is ‘okay, how high?’ It was nerve-wracking.” Mayer, a soprano, had auditioned for the Met in the past, but said this honor is a unique and exciting moment in her career. “Anytime that any singer has the honor to sing something of Richard Wagner’s, that’s quite exciting,” Mayer said. “What young girl doesn’t want to sing at the Metropolitan Opera? I feel like I’ve been waiting for the Met my whole life.” Mayer said she spent 10 years training and performing in Europe before coming to South Bend to continue her career as a teacher. This rendition of the Ring Cycle is more modern than most, according to Mayer, and the logistical challenges of the stage and set will be unlike anything she has previously encountered.  “The big issue with this production is the new set – it’s sort of like big teeter-totters, where the whole floor moves and hydraulics are involved and there are computerized productions and all,” Mayer said. “There will be a lot of climbing and movement, and the show really will be built around the set.” Another major challenge will be endurance and stamina, since “Die Walkure” is a four-and-a-half hour opera. Mayer said her personal preparation includes hours of working out and training physically for the role, which includes choreography stylistically comparable to that of Cirque du Soleil. “They’ve been clear with this interpretation of the ‘Ring Cycle’ and actually with opera in general that it’s all becoming much more visual,” Mayer said. “Everyone needs to be fit. They want everyone to look a certain way on stage.” Mayer said the Wagner Ring Cycle can be thought of as a story with four chapters, in which “Die Walkure”is the second and most widely-recognized. Typically, each chapter is presented as its own evening performance, with a single Cycle performed over four days. The show will open in April, and the ‘Ring Cycle’ will be performed in its entirety three times over three weeks. Mayer will be able to fly back and forth between New York and Indiana to continue teaching throughout the performance run. She said she makes a priority of sharing her stage experiences with her students to prepare them for future careers in performance. “There are things you can only learn and teach to your students by being on your feet, on the stage,” Mayer said. “It’s interesting, because [the other Met performers] are people whose careers I’ve been watching for 10 or 15 years as a student myself, and it is a great honor to share the stage with them this spring.”last_img read more

TikTok can continue to operate in the U.S., Commerce Department says

first_imgEarlier this week, TikTok filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking clarity on its future. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, agreed to sell 20% of TikTok Global to Walmart and Oracle while making Oracle a “trusted technology partner” in the U.S.The Commerce Department order doesn’t address the CFIUS mandate demanding TikTok sell its U.S. assets. Rather, it reaffirms TikTok can continue to operate in the U.S.TikTok continues to wait for more government guidance about how to proceed with its minority stake sale. President Donald Trump agreed to the deal in August. But the transaction never got the approval of the Chinese government, and Trump administration officials have gone silent on their demands in the weeks leading up to the election. – Advertisement – The U.S. government has given TikTok a stay of execution.The Commerce Department said Thursday it will abide by an Oct. 30 temporary injunction that prevented the government from effectively shutting down TikTok.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ust Luga Dredging Operations Underway

first_imgThe FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch is carrying out scheduled dredging operations in the water area of the seaport of Ust Luga.At present, the dredging is being done by FSUE “Rosmorport” own dredging equipment – the WAKA NAMI GO cutter-head (backhoe) dredger with the Usva barge being used to carry soil to the disposal area.The Kronshlot suction hopper dredge and the Rabochaya trailing suction hold dredge of the North-Western Basin Branch are expected to arrive in July.Under the project, in 2019 a total of 747.970 cubic meters of bottom soil are expected to be extracted and carried to the areas of disposal.FSUE “Rosmorport” dredging equipment will remove a total of 247.970 thousand cubic meters of bottom soil.Another 500 thousand cubic meters of bottom soil are expected to be extracted by using equipment of a contracting organization, which will be determined based on the results of a contest.From July to December 2019 the branch is also planning to carry out maintenance dredging operations in the amount of 46.5 thousand cubic meters in order to keep project seabed levels in the water area and channels of the seaport of Ust Luga.last_img read more

Being married ‘protects your health’

first_imgBBC News 7 June 2017Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers.A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of nearly a million UK adults.All of these people had high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes.The married ones fared much better than those who were single.Wedded bliss?Dr Paul Carter and colleagues at Aston Medical School, who carried out the work, have already shown that marriage is linked to a better chance of surviving a heart attack.Their latest research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, hints at why this might be.They suspect marriage helps buffer against big heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol and high blood pressure.The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease.Men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s with high cholesterol were 16% more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year ACALM study if they were married rather than single.The same was true for diabetes and high blood pressure, with married people having a survival advantage.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40170287last_img read more

Obaseki Sets up NWPL Super 4 Committee

first_imgAn elated NWFL chairperson, Aisha Falode said this is the first time in the annual of the women championship that a state will deploy its human and material resources to promote and showcase the women football to the highest height.“We cannot say thank you enough to the amiable executive governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu for their uncommon commitment and support for the upcoming NWPL Super Four being hosted in the state capital, Benin City.“The governor is not even contented being the host but is pushing all the buttons to ensure the championship records 100% success.“Or how else could one explain his uncommon disposition and wholeheartedness towards the women’s game and Super Four in particular than his prompt decision to appoint the planning committee for the championship.“The committee is charged with the responsibility to put the structures and logistics for the game in place so that the championship will go on seamlessly at the scheduled date.“Besides, his excellency has equally asked the NWFL board to quickly shift their secretariat to Benin City to ease communication and workings for the championship.“We have never had it this good in the history of the women game as things are simply falling into the right places at the moment.“We will remain eternally grateful the executive governor, deputy and the entire good people of Edo state.“I can assure you that whenever a properly documented history of the women game will be written either now or future the name of the state will be etched in gold.“The NWFL is being challenged to organise the best ever championship in the history of the women game by the uncommon generosity and interest of the governor for the championship.“We will not fail the state, stakeholders, potential sponsors, among others to use the championship to showcase the deep cultural heritage of the state as truly the heartbeat of the nation when it comes to sports,” said Falode.The 2017 NWPL Super Four championship will be hosted in Benin City, Edo state among the quartet, Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and title holders, Rivers Angels.The winner will be crowned champion of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) season. Additionally, the winner will go home with a handsome cash prize of N3million while the runners-up will pocket N2million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Edo State government, hosts of the 2017 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four, has set up a high powered committee to oversee the successfully hosting of the prime championship.To further demonstrate their wholesome commitment to the success of the annual championship the state governor, Godwin Obaseki has commandeered the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) to move the secretariat to the ancient city of Benin to ensure proper coordination and administrative finesse towards a hitch free women league primary football fiesta.last_img read more