Photo Credit Ken Howard Last night was the opening night of New Orleans jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera CHAMPION, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Michael Cristofer, and based on the life of prize fighter Emile Griffith. To borrow a sports term, it was a knockout!
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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is celebrating their 38th season, and remains the only American opera company devoted to performing all their productions in English. The company performs in a theatre that seats about 1,000 people so there is a tremendous sense of intimacy and immediacy which can be extraordinary. The first production I attended […]
Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy. (Minnesota Opera) Welcome to balmy Minneapolis/Saint Paul where the high today was -1 and the low tonight will be 18 degrees below zero! Why did I fly up here? To attend […]
As some of you may have read, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves suffered an early pregnancy miscarriage during last Saturday’s performance of “Anna Bolena” in the Winspear Opera House. Nevertheless, this amazing woman decided to finish the performance — following medical consultations backstage. Here are the thoughts of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “I […]