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Q&A: Anne Bogart On Discovering Dvorak’s Rare Opera ‘Dimitrij’
This weekend, Dvorak's "Dimitrij" premieres at the Bard Summerscape. The opera is being staged in the U.S. for the first time by director Anne Bogart, a Bard graduate. She has directed numerous opera productions including Bizet's "Carmen" and Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Glimmerglass Festival and has also helmed Bellini's "Norma" with the Washington National Opera. Her theater work has been hailed for its intricate perspectives, winning her numerous awards. OperaWire…
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Cracks of History – Colin Roust on Uncovering Often Ignored Composer & Opera Impresario George Auric
Ever heard of Georges Auric? Unfortunately, few have. And Colin Roust, Assistant Professor in Musicology at the University of Kansas, believes that that needs to change. And he’s doing something about it, writing a full-length biography about Auric, “George Auric: A Life in Music and Politics” which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Roust recently won a research grant from the American Philosophical Society to complete his…
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Cross-Cultural Opera: Creators on Bringing ‘Datong’ From Hong Kong to London
Opera has been a “western” art for centuries. But when the “eastern” world produces it, the experience can be truly riveting. Such is the case with “Datong: The Chinese Utopia,” composer Chan Hing-yan’s three-Act work that took Hong Kong by storm and is set to do the same in just a few days. Following the story of philosopher Kang Youwei and his daughter Kang Tongbi, the opera spans almost a…
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Creating Tradition – ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ Conductor Michael Christie on the Responsibilities of Leading World Premieres
When “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” makes it world premiere on July 22, 2017, at the Santa Fe Opera, there will be two musicians in the pit of varying operatic experience. On one hand will be composer Mason Bates, known for a wide-range of symphonic works. He will be showcasing his electronic orchestral colors in his very first opera. On the other will be Michael Christie, a conductor who has…
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Q & A: Fathom Events CEO John Rubey on Bringing the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series to Life
One of the greatest achievements of general manager Peter Gelb's tenure is his Live in HD series, which has enabled audiences from around the world to experience opera in movie theaters. That undertaking has generated a tremendous following that has resulted in home video releases and encore performances, which are slated to take over coming weeks around the world. With this series, the Met has been able to showcase new…
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Writing Operatic History – Librettist Mark Campbell on Creating Operas About Steve Jobs, Georgia O’Keeffe, & Murderers
Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Puccini’s “Tosca.” Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” What’s wrong with that picture? For most opera lovers, nothing whatsoever. And yet the underlying truth that everyone overlooks is that those works don’t exist without the other major figures attached to the respective works. It should really be Verdi and Piave’s “La Traviata,” for example as the former would never have put his brilliant melodies on display without the…
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A Passionate Duo – Sherrill Milnes & Maria Zouves On Training The Next Generation & Directing Opera Together
What do you do after you've taught, formed a young artist program and had a legendary career as a singer and conductor? The answer? Direct opera. That is exactly what famed baritone Sherrill Milnes has embarked on alongside his wife, Maria Zouves. In collaboration with the Prague Summer Nights, presented by Classical Movements, the duo has already directed two Mozart masterpieces with the festival and have garnered rave reviews. Passing…
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Creating A Festival – Jonathon Loy On The Growth Of Berkshire Opera Festival
Is it still reasonable to establish an opera festival in the midst of the summer in the U.S.? It's not a simple question to answer but for opera lovers and audiences thirsting for the art form during the hot and humid days of July and August, Jonathon Loy, General Director of the Berkshire Opera, has the answer. In just its second year, the Berkshire Opera Festival has a mission of filling…
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Q & A: Glow Lyric Theatre’s Husband & Wife Team On Marrying Opera, Operetta & Musical Theater With Political Discourse
It is rare to see a production company put on a combination of opera, operetta, and musical theater. While most viewers recognize the relationship between the three, they often struggle to assimilate them in the same breath, much less the same stage. But the three can be viewed on the same stage. And when given the opportunity, they can even illuminate one another. Such is the case with South Carolina’s…
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Q & A: Miami Music Festival’s Michael Rossi on Training Wagner Singers in Miami
Wagner in Miami. It has an interesting ring to it, mainly because you wouldn’t necessarily associate the intense heat of the ever-playful and carefree Floridian city with the philosophical and hyper-romantic German master of opera. But it’s 2017 and the Miami Music Festival (MMF), which is featuring a number of repertory classics, is hosting its second-ever Wagner Institute, a program created with the intention of training young artists into Wagner…