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Opera America Conference 2018: No Easy Answers Regarding Race and the World of Opera
Race and ethnicity continue to vex the opera world in the same manner as they do the rest of society. If events at last week’s Opera America Conference are indicative of the industry, it’s a topic that requires further discussion at future conferences with no easy answers in sight. There were no fewer than five panels related to race and ethnicity this year, including one entitled “Recognizing and Undoing Racism”…
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Opera Theatre of St. Louis 2018 Review – An American Soldier: A Moving Tribute To The Distressing Death of Private Danny Chen
There is only one point in which the character of Private Danny Chen leaves the stage in composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang’s “An American Soldier,” seen in its world premiere this past weekend at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It is near the end when the soldier dies and his final words when alive are as such: "Who is on my side? Who are my enemies? I’m an…
In Review Stage Reviews
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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The 5 Performances From 2017 I Will Remember the Most
It’s popular to make year-end lists, and I saw between 30-35 performances during the calendar year. Much of what I saw was terrific and, of course, there were many more outstanding performances that I didn’t see. These are the five that I will remember the most from what I saw; they are not necessarily the best but will remain in my memory for various reasons. 5. Tancredi, Opera Philadephia –…