James Monroe Števko

Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q & A: Eric Sean Fogel On Choreographing Opera & Working With Francesca Zambello
Last year, Francesca Zambello went in depth about her work at the Glimmerglass Festival and her position at Washington National Opera, roles that require tremendous dedication on the iconic director's part. Her busy slate makes it essential that she have a strong team surrounding her to provide strong support.  Enter Eric Sean Fogel. He's worked as choreographer on a number of major opera productions, including "Candide" at the Glimmerglass Festival…
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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review: Renee Fleming Builds To Pleasing Finish At Carnegie Hall Recital
One of the world's most loved sopranos took to Carnegie Hall again in a program equal in traditional and contemporary repertoire on Oct. 23, alongside pianist Inon Barnatan. Warming up, in a dress resembling tarnished, silver, chainmail by Vivienne Westwood, the first selections featured seven lieder by Brahms. It was not Fleming's best moment as vocally it was unsteady and her voice did not bloom through the hall. However, the…
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Review: Sabine Devieihle Makes a Shimmering NYC Debut
Halfway through the recital opener, Berlioz’s Villanelle from “Les nuits d’été” questions arose as to why Sabine Devielhe is only just now making her New York City debut. The soprano has run rampant in Europe, with numerous albums, signed exclusively with Erato. On this night the program, which Devieilhe spoke passionately on, was based on the artist Pauline Viardot, sibling of the famed Manuel Garcia Jr. Viardot who was a…
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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review: José Carreras Retires with Gusto
A farewell is never easy. If you’re José Carreras, though, you can take to the stage at the end of your star-studded 40-year career and say goodbye with such ease and vitality as you did at the very, humble beginning. Making one last lap around the globe, the 70-year-old leukemia survivor handcrafted a selection of pleasingly romantic Spanish and Italian songs alongside Russian mezzo Margarita Gritskova. Comments about his vocal…
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Operetta Drives Progress in the Middle East
For the first time in Saudi Arabia, women were invited to attend a public performance. This weekend the country is celebrating 87 years since its founding. The event includes various artists in concert and other performances. The operetta was a telling of Saudi Arabia’s founding by Ibn Saud, son of King Salman. Crowds cheered at the pageant of camels, horses, fountains, pyrotechnics and a corps of 100 dancing swordsman and…
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Q&A: Lisa DeAngelis on Taking Over the Leadership of Lyric Opera’s Young Professionals Program
Lisa DeAngelis, a graduate of University of Illinois's esteemed voice program and current Alexander Technique practitioner, has been a weekend subscriber at the Lyric Opera of Chicago since she was 20. Driving up from college on the weekends, she and her mother would attend performances up in the second balcony. Little did undergraduate Lisa know, she would be taking over the Young Professionals program, a group she was first hesitant to…
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Joffrey Ballet to Reside at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Just before the opening night performance of "Orphée et Eurydice," featuring the Joffrey Ballet with choreography by John Neumeier, the company has announced that come the 2020-21 season, the company's new home will be the Civic Opera House, marrying Chicago’s two world-renowned companies under one, gold-gilded auditorium. “With The Joffrey’s arrival at the start of the 2020/21 season, the Lyric Opera House will take its rightful place among the great…
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Cincinnati Opera Drops Album of McCarthy Era Opera’s Premiere
After a successful premiere at the Cincinnati Opera last summer, "Fellow Travelers" is making it’s digital release on Sept. 15, before a physical release on Sept. 29. The new opera, written by Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce revisits the ‘lavender scare’ of the 1950’s McCarthy era, based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon. The story of a love affair between two men in the nation's capital brings to light…
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Q & A: Metropolitan Opera Dance Director Joe Fritz On 30 Years With the Company
The much-anticipated opening of the Met Opera’s 2017-2018 season is one month away. Beginning this weekend, the company begins warming up its audience with outdoor, HD transmissions of previous productions. As the audience stares at the facade of America’s most beloved opera house, they might also be wondering, “What’s going on while the Met is dark all summer?” Dance Director Joe Fritz was recently awarded for 30 years of service…
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Manhattan’s ‘A Taste of Italian Opera’ This Thursday
This Thursday, August 24, 2017, Manhattan’s opera fanatics and “opera curious” are set to dine in the historic, renovated, 6-floor townhouse in New York City’s Upper West Side. This fundraising event for Berkshire Opera Festival, whose opening of "Ariadne auf Naxos" is this Saturday, is designed as a “culinary crash course” in Italian opera. Basil and Roses kitchen has conjured up a menu expertly paired for the educational event featuring…