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BWW Interview: David T. Little on Becoming a Composer, Collaborating with Royce Vavrek and JFK the Opera BWW Interview: David T. Little on Becoming a Composer, Collaborating with Royce Vavrek and JFK the Opera
by Richard Sasanow - April 20, 2017

Last year's premiere of JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek at the Fort Worth Opera caused some big-time foot-stomping in the Lone Star State. New Yorkers will have a taste of the work--which will have its next full-scale production at the Opera de Montreal next January--on April 23 at the Morga... (more...)
BWW Interview: JACQUELINE DARK TO DEBUT WITH STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA at Adelaide Festival Theatre BWW Interview: JACQUELINE DARK TO DEBUT WITH STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA at Adelaide Festival Theatre
by Barry Lenny - April 06, 2017

Jacqueline Dark is appearing with the State Opera of South Australia in Cavalleria Rusticana.... (more...)
BWW Interview: In Met's IDOMENEO, Soprano Nadine Sierra Flies High BWW Interview: In Met's IDOMENEO, Soprano Nadine Sierra Flies High
by Richard Sasanow - March 08, 2017

In our time, IDOMENEO is the earliest of Mozart's operas regularly done, its full title being IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA OSSIA ILIA E IDAMANTE--or IDOMENEO, KING OF CRETE, OR ILIA AND IDAMANTE. “Ilia” of the extended title is the daughter of Priam, the king of Troy. (“Idamante” is Idomeneo's son.) At the... (more...)
BWW Interview: As BOHEME's Marcello at the Met, Baritone Massimo Cavalletti Is the Real Deal BWW Interview: As BOHEME's Marcello at the Met, Baritone Massimo Cavalletti Is the Real Deal
by Richard Sasanow - November 23, 2016

When Massimo Cavelletti stepped on stage at the Met on November 16, it was a milestone: His 100th performance as Marcello, the baritone lead in LA BOHEME and part of the quartet at the opera's heart: There's Mimi, the seamstress, the sad soul who dies at the opera's end; Rodolfo, the heartthrob teno... (more...)
BWW Interview: Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Ana María Martínez Returns to Houston in HGO's FAUST BWW Interview: Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Ana María Martínez Returns to Houston in HGO's FAUST
by Natalie de la Garza - October 27, 2016

Grammy Award-winning soprano (and Houston favorite) Ana Maria Martinez joins us to discuss about her role, Marguerite in HGO's FAUST; muse on the potential of opera to heal societal wounds; and give us some really practical advice.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Rebecca & John Pillsbury of THE SORCERER at Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company BWW Interview: Rebecca & John Pillsbury of THE SORCERER at Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company
by Cary Ginell - October 13, 2016

For years I have been saying that the best kept secret in Ventura County theater is the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company. Celebrating its 10th season this year, the VCGSRC is currently going through its second cycle of the eleven operettas in the canon produced by the venerable... (more...)
BWW Interview: Peter Marsh: Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera BWW Interview: Peter Marsh: Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera
by Erica Miner - September 22, 2016

Tenor Peter Marsh, who makes his Seattle Opera debut as the villainous Hexe in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel next month, shares his insights on the subject... (more...)
BWW Interview: Morlot Part 2: Opera vs. Symphony, Losing Sleep Over Programming, and the Next Generation BWW Interview: Morlot Part 2: Opera vs. Symphony, Losing Sleep Over Programming, and the Next Generation
by Erica Miner - August 26, 2016

Opera is something that you control much less as a conductor... (more...)
BWW Interview: Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the Future BWW Interview: Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the Future
by Katricia Lang - July 15, 2016

On August 22, award-winning opera educator, administrator, researcher and stage director Carleen Graham assumes the position of Director of HGOco, the Houston Grand Opera's community outreach program.... (more...)
BWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing BWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - April 22, 2016

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa of I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK at Music Center At Strathmore BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa of I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK at Music Center At Strathmore
by Jamie McGonnigal - April 19, 2016

Andrew has had a prolific career as a writer, from the above mentioned Off-Broadway favorites, to supplying additional material for the You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown revival, as well as music & lyrics for Broadway's Big Fish and The Addams Family. Now he's taken on two of our country's greatest c... (more...)
BWW Interview: Executive Producer Rolando Sanz Talks Andrew Lippa's ANNE HUTCHINSON/HARVEY MILK and Its Date with Destiny BWW Interview: Executive Producer Rolando Sanz Talks Andrew Lippa's ANNE HUTCHINSON/HARVEY MILK and Its Date with Destiny
by Richard Sasanow - April 18, 2016

When Andrew Lippa, the Broadway composer, was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus to write I AM HARVEY MILK for its 35th anniversary in 2013, the hour-long work about the assassinated gay rights activist was called an oratorio. While it was a success from the start, people involved al... (more...)
BWW Interview: Fort Worth's JFK, the World of Contemporary Opera and American Lyric Theater's Lawrence Edelson BWW Interview: Fort Worth's JFK, the World of Contemporary Opera and American Lyric Theater's Lawrence Edelson
by Richard Sasanow - April 15, 2016

The premiere of JFK in Fort Worth on April 23 is a big step forward for composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek--who made a splash in contemporary opera circles with their post-apocalyptic DOG DAYS--as their first 'grand' opera. It's also a major leap for American Lyric Theater (ALT), a... (more...)
BWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to Bebop BWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to Bebop
by Richard Sasanow - April 04, 2016

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who's justly acclaimed for his high notes--forget about a high C; how about an F above that!?--just finished the New York premiere of the Daniel Schnyder opera CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD (Bridgette A. Wmberly, librettist), at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Famed jazz sax... (more...)
BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens
by Richard Sasanow - March 22, 2016

Tenor Matthew Polenzani--he of the refined singing, elegant deportment and serious nature--is having a great season at the Met, with major roles in a pair of new productions. First, he was Nadir, whose love for the priestess Leila (Diana Damrau) tempts her to give up her vows in Bizet's LES PECHEURS... (more...)
BWW Interview: Patrice P. Eaton of WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU at SUNY New Paltz BWW Interview: Patrice P. Eaton of WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU at SUNY New Paltz
by Kathryn Kitt - March 02, 2016

SUNY New Paltz Department of Music Presents The World Premiere Workshop of We've Got Our Eye on You - A Comic Opera in Four Scenes Music and story by Nkeiru Okoye, Libretto by David Cote, Directed by Susan Einhorn Performances March 1 & 5 at 8pm At the Julien J. Studley Theatre SUNY New Paltz C... (more...)
BWW Interview: Furlanetto American Concert Debut Celebrates SDO Anniversary BWW Interview: Furlanetto American Concert Debut Celebrates SDO Anniversary
by Erica Miner - February 23, 2016

First American concert appearance to be held Mar. 5 at Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall... (more...)
BWW Interview: Rebecca Greenstein, Head of Opera Moderne, New York and Vienna BWW Interview: Rebecca Greenstein, Head of Opera Moderne, New York and Vienna
by Backstage Bunny - January 26, 2016

Rebecca Greenstein (pictured on the left in a photo from the Viennese production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis) founded Opera Moderne (http://www.operamoderne.com) in New York in 2011 and it quickly began to attract favorable reviews for its fresh approach to opera. The company has also spawned two off... (more...)
BWW Interview: Aidan Lang and Seattle Opera Form a Perfect 'Marriage'- Part 1 BWW Interview: Aidan Lang and Seattle Opera Form a Perfect 'Marriage'- Part 1
by Erica Miner - January 11, 2016

Lang's remarkable blend of talents, which include expertise in the theatrical, artistic and business realms, serve him well in his new position... (more...)
BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera
by Richard Sasanow - December 18, 2015

“Often when I tell people I'm doing a new production, the first question they ask is: 'What time period are you going to do it in and where?' I think that's a superficial approach, almost a cliche,” says Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera. “The first thing I ask myself ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Baritone Joshua Hopkins Talks HGO's THE LITTLE PRINCE BWW Interview: Baritone Joshua Hopkins Talks HGO's THE LITTLE PRINCE
by Katricia Lang - December 07, 2015

Another treat in the midst of cold weather for Houstonians- Portman & Wright's THE LITTLE PRINCE, the second opera in HGO's holiday series. The two act opera, sung entirely in English, is based on French literary giant Antoine de Saint-Exupery's fantastical novella of the same name. A pilot, hopeles... (more...)
BWW Blog: Baritone James Rodriguez on Opera in the Heights' CONCIERTOH! DE INVIERNO BWW Blog: Baritone James Rodriguez on Opera in the Heights' CONCIERTOH! DE INVIERNO
by Guest Blogger: James Rodriguez - December 03, 2015

Baritone James Rodriguez gives us a look into his musical background and his performance in Opera in the Heights' Spanish language holiday concert, CONCIERTOH! DE INVIERNO.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Patricia Racette is a Diva for All Opera Houses BWW Interview: Patricia Racette is a Diva for All Opera Houses
by Erica Miner - November 03, 2015

The award-winning soprano is admired for her ability to perform more than one role in Puccini and Verdi operas... (more...)
BWW Interview: Olga Peretyatko, the Met's Shimmering Gilda in RIGOLETTO BWW Interview: Olga Peretyatko, the Met's Shimmering Gilda in RIGOLETTO
by Richard Sasanow - November 02, 2015

When singers seem to come out of nowhere, it's usually not the case at all, but the culmination of years of hard work. But for Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko--the Met's current Gilda in the lively 'Ratpack' production of Verdi's RIGOLETTO--it certainly seemed like it.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jake Heggie, Part 2: Opera Now and in the Future BWW Interview: Jake Heggie, Part 2: Opera Now and in the Future
by Erica Miner - October 23, 2015

'I have a lot of projects I get asked for, but the opera house really is my house.'... (more...)