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Opera Meets Film, Special Features

Opera Meets Film: Robert Ashley’s TV Opera ‘Perfect Lives’


It’s easier to appreciate Robert Ashley’s 1983 “Perfect Lives” by simply accepting it on faith as an “opera” rather than try to cram it into the narrow definition established for the genre. There’s quite a bit of text, some singing, a story with characters, and perhaps too much of a visual spectacle. Purists with preconceived notions about how exactly these {…}

IndieOpera, Streaming

Roulette Intermedium to Present New Production of Robert Ashley’s ‘el/Aficionado’


On October 21, 2021, Roulette Intermedium will present a new production of the late American composer Robert Ashley’s opera “el/Aficionado.” Written in 1987, the work was last performed in 1995, and is scored for four voices and a pre-recorded electronic orchestra. The cast features mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher in the lead role of Agent, along with Bonnie Lander, Paul Pinto, and {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

NYC’s The Kitchen 2019 Review: Robert Ashley’s ‘Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)’


Before experiencing Robert Ashley’s “Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)” live for the first time, one can imagine that Ashley wants listeners to be changed in some way by what he wrote in 1990. Whether one’s evolution involves the understanding of new perspectives of cultural awareness or the witnessing of new opera ideals in a live setting, Ashley intentionally leaves no stone {…}


The Kitchen To Present Robert Ashley’s ‘Improvement’


The Kitchen is pleased to present the late composer Robert Ashley’s newly reconstructed 1985 opera “Improvement (Don Leaves Linda).” The opera, which was written in 1985 and first performed in 1991, follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be interpreted as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with both success and rejection. “Improvement” is set {…}


Martina Serafin & Roberta Mantegna to Headline Opera Hong Kong’s ‘Il Trovatore’


Opera Hong Kong is set to present Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at the Grand Theatre at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The production, which opens on May 11 and runs through the 14th, will feature a production by Enrico Castiglione with two different casts. In the role of Leonora, audiences will hear Martina Serafin for two shows and Roberta Mantegna for {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Los Angeles Opera 2019-20 Review: Roberto Devereux


(Credit: Karen Almond/ Dallas Opera) “…[A] dramatist of considerable dramatic sophistication, capable of great irony in his musical treatment,” so says Stephen Lawless of Gaetano Donizetti. The comment appears in a director’s note in the program booklet for Los Angeles Opera’s production of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” which opened Feb. 22 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. A Stunning Production & Leader {…}


Resonance Works To Pay Tribute To Robert Page During The Holidays


Resonance Works is set to celebrate the holiday season with “A Joyous Sound!” The concert series featuring the Resonance Chamber Orchestra and Festival Chorus will pay tribute to Grammy award-winning conductor, arranger, and composer, Robert Page, who was well-known for his Holiday concerts and who conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. The concert will include Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, selections {…}


Roulette Announces 45th Spring Season


Roulette, a space for promotion and presentation of contemporary experimental performing arts in Brooklyn has announced its 45th spring season. For the purposes of this article only classical vocal events are included. Lila Meretzky’s “Songs at Night” large-scale new song cycle of the poems of Yiddish-language poet Anna Margolin makes its world premiere. Shelley Washington’s “A Kind of Lung” and {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q&A: Experiments in Opera’s Jason Cady on the Creation of ‘Everything for Dawn’


“What is opera, and what does ‘operatic’ and ‘opera’ mean to you?” It is a question that has the potential to uproot tradition. No longer bound by antiquated edicts, artists can now use ‘opera’ to make a statement: a profession of some emotion and inner feeling that lies deep within their core. It is my goal, through interviews with all {…}