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Still Moments: A Conversation with Elliot Madore

I spoke with the Canadian baritone shortly before he was to open as dissident Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas in Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls at Florida Grand Opera (March 18—25, 2017). BK: When you were offered the role of Reinaldo Arenas in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Before Night Falls, and you began reading the […]

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Still Doing it Right: An Interview with Denyce Graves

On January 28, Florida Grand Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin opens at the Adrienne Arsht Auditorium in Miami. It’s the first time in seventeen seasons that the company has presented Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Onegin happens to be one of the operas I love most. There isn’t a gauche, overstated or dramatically cheap moment in it, and […]

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The Long Run: An Interview with Mezzo-Soprano Robynne Redmon

In addition to having an enviable lineup of singers in leading roles, Florida Grand Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (opening January 28 at the Adrienne Arsht Auditorium in Miami) offers a healthy dose of gravitas in its supporting cast: Denyce Graves as Tatyana’s devoted nurse, Filippyevna, and, as Tatyana’s mother, Larina, Robynne Redmon. The […]

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Preparing for Opera’s Renaissance: An Interview with John Brancy

At twenty-eight, American baritone John Brancy is a study in focus and concentration. He views his rising career with a fierce strategic precision, and he gives considerable thought to the rapidly changing opera scene and what it may look like ten years down the line. There doesn’t seem to be a moment when he isn’t […]

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It Only Takes a Moment

So many people I know have been suffering from battle fatigue in the wake of the Presidential election; I’m quite worried about several of them, who appear to be bordering on despondency. Last weekend, I did something uncharacteristic of me: I got in a pissing match with several Trump supporters via Facebook. It would have […]

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Baroness Plowright

Wexford Festival Opera, a fine international showcase for emerging young artists, has a special guest star in its midst this season: Rosalind Plowright, who is playing the icy, forbidding Baroness in Wexford’s critically praised production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. (In the Times of London, Anna Picard gave the show five stars.) Plowright’s long and illustrious […]

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Rotten Apple

Rossini’s final opera, Guillaume Tell, premiered in 1829, has not been performed at the Metropolitan Opera since 1931. With so many in the Met audience anticipating a chance to experience this French grand opera again, it’s a shame that they have been handed a production (seen October 25) as bewildering as the one directed by […]

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Georgia on His Mind

Kevin Puts received the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2011 opera Silent Night, which will be heard this season at Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Opera San Jose. He followed that success with The Manchurian Candidate, which had its world premiere at Minnesota Opera in 2015. On November 12, his new vocal work, […]

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Jane Eyre Sings

On Thursday, October 20, the Center for Contemporary Opera celebrates the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë with the world premiere of Louis Karchin and Diane Osen’s Jane Eyre, at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse. The production, directed by Kristine McIntyre and conducted by Sara Jobin, stars Jennifer Zetlan as Jane and Ryan McPherson as Rochester, and […]

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Herculanum in Wexford

Over the past decade-plus, French conductor Jean-Luc TIngaud has led many memorable productions at Wexford Festival Opera, which has an enviable reputation for unearthing obscure works and making a compelling case for them. Although he has conducted a wide range of repertoire internationally, Tingaud, who once served as Manuel Rosenthal’s assistant, is known as a […]

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