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BWW Interview: Thea Musgrave at 90, Queen of SCOTS and Composer for all Seasons BWW Interview: Thea Musgrave at 90, Queen of SCOTS and Composer for all Seasons
by Richard Sasanow - May 22, 2018

Composer Thea Musgrave is celebrating these days. It's not just that she's marking her 90th birthday on May 27 with a concert in New York, but that the concert is showcasing a gaggle of world premieres, US premieres and NY premieres (along with more familiar works), which highlight her rich musical ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again! BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again!
by Steve Callahan - May 15, 2018

For several seasons I've searched for a term to describe Gateway Opera. In a city flush with larger companies-Opera Theater St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera-which offer truly 'grand opera', what can one call this little company which gives us such delicious bite-sized treats? They're... (more...)
BWW Interview: Lawrence Brownlee on CYCLES OF MY BEING, in NY Premiere at Carnegie's Zankel Hall BWW Interview: Lawrence Brownlee on CYCLES OF MY BEING, in NY Premiere at Carnegie's Zankel Hall
by Richard Sasanow - April 19, 2018

When tenor Lawrence Brownlee--he of the sweet, cultured tones and ringing high Cs--was first asked to put a recital together by Carnegie Hall, he chose Robert Schumann's “Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love),” the song cycle about rapture, disillusionment and regret as the centerpiece. But in filling out th... (more...)
BWW Interview: Maestro Atsushi Yamada Talks Philharmonia Orchestra of New York's LA TRAVIATA With 3D Holograms BWW Interview: Maestro Atsushi Yamada Talks Philharmonia Orchestra of New York's LA TRAVIATA With 3D Holograms
by David Clarke - March 19, 2018

This week in New York City, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is premiering LA TRAVIATA with 3D holographic projections for the sets. On March 20 and 21, 2018 audiences at the Rose Theater will be treated to the show's classic and beloved arias set against awe-inspiring backdrops like Niagar... (more...)
BWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas BWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas
by Ron Bierman - March 17, 2018

I spoke recently with Elaine Alvarez who will be singing the lead role this weekend in the San Diego Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas by Mexican composer Daniel Catan and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Alvarez told me that when she got a call from the San Diego Opera's General Dire... (more...)
BWW Interview: Baritones Are Like That, Says Christopher Maltman of the Met's COSI FAN TUTTE BWW Interview: Baritones Are Like That, Says Christopher Maltman of the Met's COSI FAN TUTTE
by Richard Sasanow - March 15, 2018

'My goal at the moment is to sound like a dead Italian,' says British baritone Christopher Maltman, who stars as Don Alfonso with Broadway's Kelli O'Hara as Despina, co-conspirators against young lovers in the Met's new production of Mozart's comedy COSI FAN TUTTE. 'Or, at least, to sound like a 'li... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jonathan Moore On Partnering With A Police-Man For THE INVENTION OF MOREL BWW Interview: Jonathan Moore On Partnering With A Police-Man For THE INVENTION OF MOREL
by Gil Kaan - March 13, 2018

The latest artful collaboration of Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore, the co-world premiere of THE INVENTION OF MOREL, will be presented by the Long Beach Opera at the Beverly O'Neill Theater for three performances beginning March 17, 2018. Actor/director/playwright Jonathan Moore took a few momen... (more...)
BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by Steve Callahan - March 12, 2018

We went out into the chilly spring evening - and it became, for me, one of the most totally pleasing evenings of opera I've ever experienced. Winter Opera of St. Louis presented Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a production that was as near perfection as one could ever ask.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civic Center BWW Interview: Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 18, 2018

ise Lindstrom has returned to San Diego to sing the lead in Puccini's Turandot. We spoke for nearly an hour in a rehearsal room at the San Diego Civic Center where she'd just finished working on makeup for the performance. You might think that someone with Lindstrom's powerful voice would have kn... (more...)
BWW Interview: BARBER OF SEVILLE Star Eric Owens Talks Pressure, Comedy, and Proper Booing Technique BWW Interview: BARBER OF SEVILLE Star Eric Owens Talks Pressure, Comedy, and Proper Booing Technique
by Katricia Lang - February 06, 2018

Eric Owens and I discuss stand-up comedy, Star Wars, and how Europeans boo an opera production without booing the performers. And, on occasion, we discuss his reasons for being in Houston: To perform the lead role in Houston Grand Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE as well as guest judge for the company'... (more...)
BWW Interview: Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater BWW Interview: Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater
by Ron Bierman - January 24, 2018

Bruce Stasyna, San Diego Opera's chorus master, will also lead the orchestra in the company's upcoming production of Astor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires. We met in the Civic Center's Copper Room recently to discuss that, his career, and more.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Tenor Ben Bliss - from TV to Opera BWW Interview: Tenor Ben Bliss - from TV to Opera
by Erica Miner - January 03, 2018

Ben debuts in the role of Ferrando for the company's upcoming production of 'Cosi Fan Tutte'... (more...)
BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
by Gil Kaan - November 09, 2017

Conductor extraordinaire John Mauceri, at 72 years young, has the memory of a straight-A college kid vividly recalling detailed facts of incidents long ago right off the top of his head. The go-to expert on all subjects Leonard Bernstein, John will be conducting BERNSTEIN ON STAGE at the Valley Perf... (more...)
BWW Interview: Julian Grant's NEFARIOUS New Opera with Mark Campbell's Libretto Opens at Boston Lyric Opera, 11/8 BWW Interview: Julian Grant's NEFARIOUS New Opera with Mark Campbell's Libretto Opens at Boston Lyric Opera, 11/8
by Richard Sasanow - November 06, 2017

It's Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1828 and the city's world-renowned anatomy schools are suffering from a cadaver shortage. Enter two immoral and highly industrious men--William Burke and William Hare--who pick up the slack by murdering disenfranchised citizens and selling their corpses to one of these s... (more...)
BWW Interview: Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego BWW Interview: Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego
by Ron Bierman - November 03, 2017

As One, Laura Kaminsky's first opera, premiered in September 2014. While many contemporary operas are performed once and never heard again, it has been staged more often every year since then, and is already scheduled at nearly a dozen venues for 2018. In a recent phone interview Kaminsky and I spok... (more...)
BWW Interview: From BOHEME to OTELLO and Back, Met Tenor Russell Thomas Finds Variety the Spice of Singing Opera BWW Interview: From BOHEME to OTELLO and Back, Met Tenor Russell Thomas Finds Variety the Spice of Singing Opera
by Richard Sasanow - October 26, 2017

'Bread-and-butter operas usually bore me,' tenor Russell Thomas told me frankly, as he prepared for his first performance of Rodolfo, at the Met, in Puccini's LA BOHEME--one of opera's most popular tenor roles--in nearly 15 years. But it wasn't any disdain for the role that kept him away from it: It... (more...)
BWW Interview: Patrick Carfizzi of PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Theatre BWW Interview: Patrick Carfizzi of PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Theatre
by Ron Bierman - October 06, 2017

Bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi will be appearing in the San Diego Opera's production of Pirates of Penzance later this month. He and I met over an informal lunch to discuss that and much more.... (more...)
Interview: Soprano Simone Osborne Talks ELIXIR OF LOVE at the COC Interview: Soprano Simone Osborne Talks ELIXIR OF LOVE at the COC
by Taylor Long - October 05, 2017

Opera soprano Simone Osborne sits down with BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long to chat about her career, her roots and her excitement in bringing ELIXIR OF LOVE to the stage at the COC.... (more...)
Interview: Soprano Erin Wall Prepares for COC's ARABELLA Interview: Soprano Erin Wall Prepares for COC's ARABELLA
by Taylor Long - September 29, 2017

Soprano Erin Wall is one busy woman. Luckily, the talented (and funny!) singer had some time to sit down with BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long to talk about singing, joke about her composer boyfriends, and share some of the preparation involved in mounting a large-scale opera like ARABELLA.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Barnes-Storming in THE WAKE WORLD of Composer David Hertzberg BWW Interview: Barnes-Storming in THE WAKE WORLD of Composer David Hertzberg
by Richard Sasanow - September 15, 2017

The last of the new operas at the center of Opera Philadelphia's O17 opera fest is THE WAKE WORLD, a chamber piece written by composer/librettist David Hertzberg and directed by RB Schlather. It opens on Monday September 18 at the Barnes collection--the great museum in central Philadelphia--and prom... (more...)
BWW Interview: Five Questions for Composer Moto Osada on FOUR NIGHTS OF DREAM, New Chamber Opera Opening Sept. 13 BWW Interview: Five Questions for Composer Moto Osada on FOUR NIGHTS OF DREAM, New Chamber Opera Opening Sept. 13
by Richard Sasanow - September 11, 2017

Tokyo and New York City are the two home cities of composer Moto Osada, whose new chamber opera, FOUR NIGHTS OF DREAM will have its North American premiere at the Japan Society in Manhattan on September 13, directed by Alec Duffy.... (more...)
BWW Preview: Turn Off Your iPhone. STEVE JOBS Arrives at Santa Fe Opera on July 22 BWW Preview: Turn Off Your iPhone. STEVE JOBS Arrives at Santa Fe Opera on July 22
by Richard Sasanow - July 19, 2017

With Grammy-nominated American composer Mason Bates dipping his toe into full-length operatic waters for the first time--and star librettist Mark Campbell doing it for the umpteenth--the Guggenheim Museum's “Works & Process” series gave an extended peak into the development of their new opera, THE (... (more...)
BWW Interview: Walking the Tightrope with Angela Meade in Bellini's IL PIRATA at Caramoor BWW Interview: Walking the Tightrope with Angela Meade in Bellini's IL PIRATA at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow - July 07, 2017

Being an opera singer is a little like walking a tightrope without a net--no matter who you're singing with, you're out there on stage, alone, for the crowd to cheer but, also for everyone to hear each glitch or misstep in your singing. Soprano Angela Meade--who's starring as Imogene in Caramoor's c... (more...)
BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - June 07, 2017

Kevin Newbury is a theatre, opera and film director who has staged over sixty original productions for numerous opera companies, festivals, and symphonies. Especially committed to developing new material, he has directed more than two-dozen world premieres of operas and plays. His staging of Mason B... (more...)
BWW Interview: Kaminsky, Campbell and Reed Are AS ONE, Showing More Lives than a Cat with Opening at New Orleans Opera BWW Interview: Kaminsky, Campbell and Reed Are AS ONE, Showing More Lives than a Cat with Opening at New Orleans Opera
by Richard Sasanow - May 31, 2017

You don't have to be transgender, or even an opera-lover, to be moved and haunted by AS ONE, the chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed having its local debut June 2 at the New Orleans Opera. It's a work that will reach anyone who has come to terms with growing up, learning... (more...)