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Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling On ‘Night Songs & Love Waltzes’


On March 1, 2019, Mastervoice is set to present a program entitled “Night Songs & Love Waltzes” featuring 19th-Century Romantic German Song as well as a world premiere commission. The concert will also feature a stellar cast of international singers and a piano duo. In preparation for the concert, OperaWire had a chance to speak with Artistic Director Ted Sperling about {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Songplay Review 2019: Joyce DiDonato Dazzles In Diverse & Engaging Program Selection


The last time the formidable mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato appeared at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, she concocted a program centered on an off-the-shelf theme labeled “War and Peace,” serving as the justification to string together a splendid collection of arias and laments. Set within a choreographed concert with a fairly substantial mise-en-scène, any pretense of that evening’s concept and symbolism inevitably {…}


MasterVoices Announces ‘Night Songs & Love Waltzes’ Concert


MasterVoices will showcase “Night Songs and Love Waltzes” on Friday, March 1, 2019. The performance, which will take place at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, will feature the ensemble’s 120 singers in a program of music by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Franz Schubert. There will also be a World Premiere performance of Ricky Ian {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Prototype Festival 2019 Review


In this seventh edition of New York’s annual Prototype Festival, artistic co-directors Kristin Marting, Beth Morrison, Kim Whitener and Jecca Barry continue to build a contemporary opera and music theater festival that is canny, opportunistic, and fulfills a niche. Programmed during the high season of New York’s busy commercial arts markets (APAP, and ISPA), and experimental theater seasons (Under the {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Interview: Bass-Baritone Mark Steven Doss On His Journey To A Grammy, The Big Stage & Spiritual Fulfillment


Mark S. Doss is an artist recognized for his wide range, not just in his roles, but in his life experience. The singer has performed with the major orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, and Toronto. Additionally, he has sung 95 roles with more than 60 major opera companies around the world including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Soprano Mary Dunleavy On ‘Dinner At Eight,’ Critics & More Strauss


This year, Wexford Festival Opera presented the European premiere of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s opera “Dinner at Eight,” an operatic version of the stage play and Hollywood film of the same name. At the center of the opera is Millicent Jordan, who was portrayed in this version by soprano Mary Dunleavy. The American soprano has sung all over the {…}