Q & A: Composer Paul Mealor & Librettist Grahame Davies On Their New Opera ’Gelert’

(Stephen Cain Photography) The North Wales International Music Festival this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, commissioned a new opera from composer Paul Mealor and librettist Grahame Davies. Together they decided to base their opera on the tale of King Llewelyn’s faithful hound, Gelert, a legend known to even the youngest of Welsh schoolchildren. The subject {…}

Q & A: Staff Sgt. 1st Class Ben Hilgert & Soprano Tess Altiveros on the upcoming Arizona Opera production of ‘The Falling and the Rising’

Arizona Opera’s upcoming production of “The Falling and the Rising” is an operatic story of the unique service of those in the military who face danger, often paying the price of a great sacrifice. Staff Sergeant Ben Hilgert, serving in the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, is the visionary of the piece. His passion to tell this {…}