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The Polish Polymath Who Came Up With Television For Opera – In 1878

February 10th, 2017

  His name was Julijan Ochorowicz (though his first name was also spelled Julian or even Julien), and he was, among other things, a scientist, engineer, mathematician, inventor (credited with the first hands-free telephone), economist, linguist, Egyptologist, philosopher, poet, teacher, paranormal-phenomena investigator, and pioneer of experimental and clinical psychology.  His first thesis was on the […]

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The Impresario Who Invented the Movie Theatre

November 18th, 2016

  A long time ago, I worked on a television show featuring opera star Luciano Pavarotti singing at the Spectrum arena, home of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. The concert was performed between games, so flooring was laid over the ice, and the stage and seats over that. It wasn’t the first time opera had […]

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Rossini, Fax Pioneer

August 21st, 2016

  A version of this was originally posted in Media-Technology and Opera History on Rossini’s 54th birthday, February 29, 2016. Gioachino Rossini, composer of such operas as Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and Guglielmo Tell (William Tell), was born on February 29, 1792, which means today is his 54th birthday (there was no February 29 in […]

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Rossini’s little piece in honor of Giovanni Caselli, transmitted 1860 January 22

August 21st, 2016
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IEEE Proceedings: Fandom of the Opera

March 2nd, 2016

  This one has it all, from toxic candles to quantum entanglement, the story of how opera created the modern media world, with full references. Here’s a free link to the paper, published in the March 2016 issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE: The Fandom of the Opera Opera-house-based baseball-playing robots? A 200-ton music synthesizer? “No […]

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The First Bootleg Recording

February 24th, 2016

  Opera has a long history of bootleg recording. The “Golden Age of Opera” label, begun in the 1950s, used unauthorized off-air recordings from Metropolitan Opera (Met) radio broadcasts. Before that, Wagner-Nichols promoted recorders and recordings of those broadcasts. And Classic Editions issued an opera recording supposedly made in Italy that was, in fact, an […]

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Opera in New York City in 2015

December 30th, 2015

  Opera was alive and well in New York City, again, in 2015. I have tried to compile all of the opera performances there in that year. I’ve probably missed some. As I’m not a musicologist, and some scholars don’t consider even Bizet’s “Carmen” or Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” to be operas, I used these […]

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Operatic Media Borrowings, Hybrids, and Commixtion by Mark Schubin

July 31st, 2015

  Presented at SID: Sounds, Images, and Data 2015 (http://ocradst.org/sid2015), New York University, New York City on July 24, 2015. Direct Link (69 MB / TRT 35:36): Operatic Media Borrowings, Hybrids, and Commixtion by Mark Schubin Embedded:

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The Technology of Le nozze di Figaro by Mark Schubin

June 29th, 2015

The Technology of “The Marriage of Figaro” In October 2014, the Metropolitan Opera transmitted The Marriage of Figaro live from its technologically advanced stage to more than 2000 cinemas worldwide.  The opera can also be enjoyed at home via TV, radio, recordings, downloads, and streams.  The Marriage of Figaro was first performed in 1786, however, […]

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Mark Schubin’s “Opera and Baseball: The Cooperstown Siblings” [video]

August 9th, 2014

A co-presentation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and The Glimmerglass Festival. Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, NY, August 2, 2014 Direct Link (64 MB / 45:54 TRT): http://www.schubincafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Schubin_2014_Baseball_Opera.mp4 Embedded:

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Baseball and Opera

May 5th, 2014

Below are most of the posts from the Baseball and Opera group on LinkedIn. I’ve added relevant illustrations (you can generally get larger versions by clicking on them). As more discussions are posted on the group, they will be added here. Unless otherwise noted, all posts and comments are by me. To get directly to […]

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Live 4k Streaming (for opera, of course)

May 5th, 2014

  The first commercial digital sound recording was of an opera. The first live television subtitles were for opera. And, now, live 4k opera streamed over the Internet. At 7 pm Central European Time on Wednesday, May 7, the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) will transmit Verdi’s opera Nabucco, with Placido Domingo in the title […]

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Opera Was Alive and Well in NYC in 2013

December 30th, 2013

As some of you might recall, I like to promote the idea that New York City is one of the great opera capitals of the world. In August, I had the idea of listing every opera performed in New York City in a year, and, even though 2013 was more than 2/3 over, I decided […]

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Schubin Materials from 2013 International Workshop on High-Quality Dynamic Cross-Continental Networked Artistic Interaction, Businesspark Struer, Struer, Denmark, August 28-30

August 25th, 2013

Here are links to my materials associated with the 2013 International Workshop on High-Quality Dynamic Cross-Continental Networked Artistic Interaction held at Businesspark Struer, Struer, Denmark. August 28-30.   Here is a .pdf version of the slides: Schubin Struer Slides Here’s a link to the slide show, including audio: http://www.schubincafe.com/2013/08/31/historical-overview-of-technical-solutions-in-performing-arts-video/   Here is a detailed chronology […]

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Opera and Eye

July 15th, 2013

The Blind, an opera by Lera Auerbach being performed this week at the Lincoln Center Festival, has a number of unusual aspects. Unlike many opera productions today, it does not have visible titles to indicate what the singers are singing. Besides the voices of those singers, there are no other musical instruments; it is performed a cappella. It […]

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Media-Technology and Opera History

March 19th, 2013

Below are most of the posts and comments that have appeared on the LinkedIn Media-Technology and Opera History group. As more are posted, they will be added here. Unless otherwise noted, all posts and comments are by me. To get directly to what you want, do a browser search for a category or word of […]

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New York City Opera Companies

March 18th, 2013

(partial list) After Dinner Opera – http://www.afterdinneropera.org/ American Lyric Theater – http://www.altnyc.org/ American Opera Projects – http://www.operaprojects.org/ Amore Opera – http://amoreopera.org/ Animal Stone Productions – http://www.andyteirstein.com/ Beth Morrison Projects – http://www.bethmorrisonprojects.org/ Bleecker Street Opera – http://www.bleeckerstreetopera.org/ Bronx Opera – http://www.bronxopera.org/ Brooklyn College Opera Theater – http://bcmusic.org/ Brooklyn Repertory Opera – http://www.bropera.org/ Capitol Heights Lyric Opera […]

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“No opera, no X-rays!”

December 18th, 2012

The headline above was as surprising to me as it might be to you. Here’s the story. The first published information about x-rays, Wilhelm Röntgen’s “Über eine neue Art von Strahlen” (“About a new kind of rays”), was submitted on December 28, 1895. By April of the following year Dr. Ernest Amory Codman had already been […]

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A Baseball-Opera Chronology

July 12th, 2012

  “Who Would Doubt That I’m A Man,” sheet music for a baseball song from an 1895 opera I often write about the history of media technology. So why is this post about the joint history of baseball and opera? It’s because a good chunk of that history — roughly half a century — was […]

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Goberman Leaving Lincoln Center

June 8th, 2012

  When you think of the very latest in motion-image technology, you might think of laser projection, glasses-free stereoscopic-3D, digital surround sound, high-dynamic-range imaging, and the like. Would you believe that one man dealt with all of that in the 1970s? And that he was trained as an orchestra cello player? Lincoln Center for the […]

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Satellites Are Really Old

January 11th, 2012

Here’s something to ponder: Why is Galileo called Galileo? Other great astronomers and scientists are known by their last names: Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, etc. Tycho Brahe is known by his first name, but he was Danish, and that was their style at the time. Galileo’s compatriots were known by their last names, but he wasn’t. […]

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125th Anniversary of Pay Cable

October 29th, 2010

Question: What is shown in the drawing at the left? Here’s more information to help you figure it out: It’s a small portion, the lower left corner, of a larger drawing, and there’s something very similar at the lower right corner as well. The larger drawing appeared as a two-page spread on pages 76 and […]

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100th Anniversary Today

January 13th, 2010

  It isn’t often that we get hundredth anniversaries in media technology, so I figured this one — a double-header, actually — is worth mentioning.  Today is the anniversary of the first live broadcast of a complete opera; yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the first live opera broadcast. If that’s enough for you, stop […]

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