Logan Martell

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Saint Thomas Church to Ring In 2018 Season with Brahms Requiem
The church of Saint Thomas will be opening its Spring 2018 season on Thursday, March 22, with a seldom-heard arrangement of Brahms' “A German Requiem.” This performance will feature the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, along with soloists Hyesang Park (soprano) and John Brancy (baritone), as well as pianists Michal Biel and Katelan Terrell. The next performance will be on March 26, for the first of two meditations…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Verdi’s Career Ends With A Joke – ‘Falstaff’
It all ends with a joke. After decades of dominating the opera world as a foremost melodrammatist, Verdi's final opera is the complete opposite, a comedy. "Falstaff," which premiered on Feb. 9, 1893, was written by Arrigo Boito and is nothing like the other works Verdi had ever composed. He openly mocks his other works throughout. He tears down operatic structures he had championed throughout his life. The work is…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Poulenc’s ‘La Voix Humaine’
First premiering on February 6, 1959, “La Voix Humaine” is a one-act opera for orchestra and a sole soprano performer. The work touches on many of opera’s classic themes, such as tragedy and unrequited love, but framing them within the context of telephone conversations shared between Elle and her unheard former lover. Much of Poulenc’s composition reflects the telephone conversation framework of the opera; there is an emphasis on recitative…
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San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program Announce 2018 Schwabacher Recital Series
From Feb. 21 through April 4, audiences will have the chance to listen to the next generation of opera stars in a four-part recital series presented by San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera Program. Beginning the 2018 Schwabacher Recital Series are soprano Jana McIntyre and baritone Andrew G. Manea. Accompanied by pianist John Elam, they will be performing Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch,” a selection of Italian folk poems translated into…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Auber’s ‘Fra Diavolo’
First premiering on January 28, 1830 at the Salle Ventadour in Paris, “Fra Diavolo” is based around the accounts of Michele Pezza, who was an Italian guerilla fighting against the French occupation in Italy. Although Daniel Auber will be remembered for being a proponent of French grand opera, this opera comique has proved itself as among his most popular and memorable works. The plot of “Fra Diavolo” was parodied in…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Poulenc’s ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’
First premiering on January 26, 1957, “Dialogues des Carmelites” is a dramatization of the events surrounding the Martyrs of Compiegne, who remained faithful unto death during France’s Reign of Terror. The work delves into the theme of virtue in a world seemingly rife with corruption, and is notable for its final scene which features the repeated sound of a falling guillotine blade, becoming part of the orchestration as the nuns…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Strauss’ Elektra
First making its premiere on Jan. 25, 1909, “Elektra” is a one-act retelling of the Ancient Greek play written by Sophocles. It is set a few short years after the Trojan War and minimizes certain events for the sake of fixating on Elektra’s quest for revenge upon her mother Clytemnestra. In regards to theme and musicality, “Elektra” bears much resemblance to Strauss’ earlier opera “Salome,” using a vast orchestra, leitmotivs, and…
High Notes
Opera Stars Celebrate Bernstein’s Centennial With Heartfelt Concert
On Jan. 21, 2018, fans of Leonard Bernstein gathered in The Greene Space of Lower Manhattan for a night of songs and celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of the great composer. Hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, the event was equal parts reminiscence and reverie, in large part due to pianist Laura Downes, who performed much of her upcoming album “Songs for Lenny.” The evening began with footage of…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Shostakovich’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’
Making its premiere on January 22, 1934, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” is adapted from a novel of the same name written by Nikolai Leskov. The opera was banned for nearly thirty years by the Communist Party in Russia after it was deemed to be offensive; one performance at the Bolshoi Theatre was attended by none other than Joseph Stalin, who sat through the opera with great disapproval, much…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera: 2017-18 Review – L’Elisir D’Amore: Polenzani Leaves Audience Drunk on Love
This review is for the performance on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Audiences at the Metropolitan Opera were in for a treat this evening as they gathered for Donizetti’s heartfelt comedy “L’Elisir D’Amore.” Bartlett Sher’s production faithfully held to tradition while creating an authentic experience of a small, connected village where events big or small ripple outwards and leave nothing untouched. While Sher's production attempts to create themes of the Risorgimento and…