James Morris

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis 2018 Review – Regina: Scheming Susan Graham Stars in Masterful Production of Blitzstein’s Drama
It is easy to see why Marc Blitzstein’s “Regina” is rarely performed.  It’s a demanding work that tackles issues of greed, race relations and other seedy elements of humanity head-on while fusing many musical styles that make it hard to characterize. Because there are so many elements to this opera that includes 10 major characters, it is difficult to mount and probably not suited for many companies.  Opera Theatre of…
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5 Roles That James Morris & Sherrill Milnes Both Interpreted
James Morris and Sherrill Milnes were both born on Jan. 10, though Milnes is 12 years older than his American colleague. The two shared the stage on several occasions with Milnes taking on leading baritone roles and Morris championing the leading bass parts. Their voices usually aren’t categorized in the same manner, Milnes being a baritone and Morris a bass-baritone. And yet the two actually sang some of the same…
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Ailyn Perez & James Morris To Be Honored By Martina Arroyo Foundation
The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 13th Annual Gala, a celebration of Prelude to Performance, Role Class and Outreach Programs, has announced its honorees. This year, the gala will honor legendary bass-baritone James Morris, rising star soprano Ailyn Pérez and Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Rivera is best known for her work in "The Visit" and has won two Tonys and eight additional nominations. Meanwhile, Tune is known as one of the most prolific performer,…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Turandot: James Morris Tribute Takes Centerstage in Overall Uneven Performance of Puccini’s Final Masterpiece
Occasionally music history has strange coincidences where a famous composer is unable to finish his final work. This is particularly strange when the final work has something to do with death. Consider Mozart who died writing a requiem.  Likewise, Giacomo Puccini succumbed to lung cancer before completing "Turandot."  The last piece he wrote was the funeral march for the slave girl Liù. When the opera had its premiere in 1924,…
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Opera At Florham to Honor James Morris & Susan Quittmeyer At Gala Performance
The Opera At Florham will celebrate its 35th anniversary this fall. The organization has scheduled a gala performance for Oct. 15, 2017, with the intent of honoring such stars as bass-baritone James Morris and mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer. Midge Woolsey of PBS and WQXR will be hostess. There will be performances by soprano Maria Natale, tenor Fanyoung Du, and baritone Ricardo Rivera with Mary Pinto at the piano. The performance kicks…
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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala: The 50 Iconic Figures Of The New House
We have gone through emotional anecdotes. We sifted through some of the essential nights in the new house’s history. Now we turn to the people that have made it great. In compiling a list of the 50 most influential people in the history of the new house, we realized rather early on that we would be leaving many people out (and that this would make some people unhappy). So we do…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’s’ History Marked By 10-Year Breaks
Wagner’s first masterpiece “Der Fliegende Holländer” returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday, April 25 after a seven-year absence. Despite being well-known throughout the opera world, “The Flying Dutchman,” as translated in English, has had a rather interesting history at the Met marked by long hiatuses. The opera opened the 1889-1890 season in its first-ever performance. The cast that included Theodore Reichmann as the Dutch, Sophie Wiesner as Senta, Paul…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Aida: Conductor Daniele Rustioni Dominates, Leads Riveting Cast In Memorable Performance
I preface this by stating that this review is for the performance on March 31, 2017. I would also like to recognize that this is just one, performance of a seven-performance run. In an ideal situation, I would attend every performance and write a detailed review of the overall work. As it stands, I can only go on my perspective of one performance. Despite being such a familiar opera, “Aida” is treacherous for all the performers involved. Of course,…