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Jason McVicker 1962-2016

bolenaThis is the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to write for parterre. For days now, it has just refused to work, and every time I hit a snag, the first thought in my mind would be, “Jason would have written this so beautifully.”  Read more »

Bard of Avon calling

learOpera loves its anniversary years, and works inspired by William Shakespeare are everywhere in 2016, marking 400th since his death.  Since January I have posted adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This week, I am happy to add two of the newest crop of nods to the Bard of Avon: Lear by Aribert Reimann, and Hamlet by Anno Schreier.  Read more »

Before I kiss the world goodbye

jennieOn this day in 1963 the Arthur Schwartz-Howard DietzMary Martin musical Jennie opened on Broadway.  Read more »


The lady is a camp

Happy 91st birthday Dame Angela Lansbury.

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Born yesterday

Born on this day in 1889 soprano Margaret Burke Sheridan.

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Soap opera

On this day in 1934 “Lux Radio Theatre” premiered.

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Doing what come unnaturally

“Grace Bumbry Sings Richard Strauss?”

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I do not regret one moment of my life

Born on this day in 1853 actress and socialite Lillie Langtry

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Better call Saul

Director Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne 2015 production of Handel’s 1739 oratorio Saul (released on Opus Arte DVD) shows imagination as well as a strong cast and design team.

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“I’m the madam, and you’re just one of the girls”

On this day in 1950 Irving Berlin‘s musical Call Me Madam opened on Broadway. 

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