Profile: Mark Schubin

Mark Schubin, an Emmy-Award-winning engineer, has been writing about the intersecting histories of opera and media technology since 1972 and currently serves as engineer-in-charge of the Metropolitan Opera’s Media Department. In October 2011, Mark gave a presentation at the Library of Congress on the “Fandom of the Opera: How a 400-year-old Art Form Helped Create Modern Media Technology.”

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Baseball at the Opera House

Speaking at his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon (1920-2000) told of being introduced to the game (and his future team) when only a few weeks old. But Lemon was born before television and even before the first baseball game on radio so his mother took him to ‘watch’ the World Series at the Redlands (California) Opera House. Fans had already been watching live baseball games remotely at opera houses for more than 35 years. How on earth did that work?!

Inside Adams Library of Congress

Category: Music

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No Opera, No X-Rays!

This is about two once-deadly arts. One seems dangerous even today. When a dentist covers you with lead protection before taking an X-ray of your teeth, you know something requiring precautions is being done. Unfortunately, that knowledge was not available to early radiologists.
Opera houses were among the first to adopt electric lighting, starting in 1881, before power companies. Find out why "No Opera, No X-rays!" isn't hyperbole.

Category: History

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