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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part IV

EW: To have my career as I had it, I had to protect myself. I had to be positive. And even though I never became a star name, I still knew that I was pretty good, and that I had to take care of that, and that I didn’t want to slump down into the […]


Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part III

BK: Maybe Elia Kazan didn’t cast you in Splendor in the Grass, as we discussed a few weeks earlier. But you had quite a lot of movie activity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. EW: I did. BK: You played Kim Stanley’s “overseer” at the end of The Goddess (1958). EW: Yes. I’m not […]


Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part II

Here’s another excerpt from my chats with the distinguished actress Liz Wilson. I’m glad that people appear to have enjoyed the first installment so much. — B.K


Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson – Part I

The other day, I wasn’t at my best and I began thinking about what could happen in that moment that would make me feel better. The first thing that sprang to mind was a good sit-down chat with Liz. By Liz, I mean the gifted actress Elizabeth Wilson, who was a close friend of both […]


No Small Parts: Mary Beth Nelson Knows How to Make Each Moment Onstage Count

Mary Beth Nelson is a gifted young mezzo-soprano who is a member of Florida Grand Opera’s 2017–18 Studio Artist program. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, she opened in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ ZIff Ballet Opera House, in the small but key role of Alisa, the anxious confidante of the […]


Sins of the Brother: Troy Cook Sings Enrico in Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Troy Cook has garnered an admirable reputation as an elegant, extremely musical lyric baritone on the international scene. On November 12, 2017, he opens as Enrico, the volatile brother in Florida Grand Opera’s season-opening production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Alexander Polianichko and directed by Elise Sandell. Recently, Cook sat down for a […]


Voyage of Discovery: An Interview with Soprano Anne-Sophie Duprels

The most revelatory individual performance at the 2017 season of Wexford Festival Opera was that of French soprano Anne-Sophie Duprels, as Katiusha, the tragic heroine of Franco Alfano’s Risurrezione, a long-neglected verismo gem, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel Resurrection. My full review of the Wexford season will appear in one of the winter issues of […]


Finghin Collins: Making the Piano Sing

On October 30, 2017, Wexford Festival Opera presented Irish pianist Finghin Collins in solo recital at the National Opera House. It was a stunningly performed program of varied music that was marked by both a keen sense of musical architecture and searching lyricism. Collins worked magic with his interpretation of Alban Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1; […]


Palette: A Conversation with War Paint’s Scott Frankel and Michael Korie

Part of being a theater junkie is that we demand that the people we love feel as we do about a given work; when they don’t, we often ask ourselves what the hell is the matter with them. In the past ten or twelve years, I have often attended a new Broadway musical that seemed […]


In Reno, a Jackpot of Big Voices

Whenever I am covering singing competitions in New York, one of the most astonishing revelations is the paucity of dramatic voices. Lyric mezzos, lyric sopranos, and lyric baritones dominate, and it’s not unusual to sit through days of auditions and not hear a single viable Verdi mezzo, Verdi baritone or even a remotely acceptable Wagnerian […]

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