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Moody “Blue”

This weekend, sandwiched between a persuasive production of The Ghosts of Versailles and a routine revival of La Traviata, the Glimmerglass Festival premiered a searing examination of race, identity, and the fraught relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. Blue, with a score by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Tazewell Thompson (who also directs), brings the joy and terror of raising – and being – a young Black man in America to the opera stage. Read more »

But Old Man River, he just keeps coming up roses

Klea Blackhurst will perform her one-woman show featuring tunes made famous by Ethel Merman at The Glimmerglass Festival on Sunday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, Blackhurst will portray Parthy Ann Hawks in the Festival’s performances of Show Boat, running July 6 through August 24. Blackhurst replaces Christine Ebersole, whose commitments have changed this summer due to professional reasons, including her role in the new CBS comedy series Bob Hearts Abishola,” a press release from Glimmerglass helpfully informs us.

Lakeside ‘Story’

For all the tribute concerts, tribute lectures, tribute screenings, tribute dinners, and uneasy think pieces. For all the pious revivals of Kaddish, Jeremiah, Dybbuk, and Chichester Psalms. For all the recent retreads of Trouble in Tahiti, Wonderful Town, Peter Pan, Candide and Quiet Place. For all the “I Hate Musics” and fringe recital regurgitations of “La Bonne Cuisine.” Read more »

A Frabjous Day: The Siege of Calais

The turntable set looks much the same from any angle: gutted concrete tenements and perilous alleys, instantly recognizable as a scene of urban guerrilla mayhem. People lived here once. They still do, actually, hidden in the rubble, caring for the wounded, raising children, scavenging food. Indeed, during the overture one of the inhabitants drops from the city wall to raid the camp of the besieging army for bread, and is nearly shot while he’s about it.  Read more »

Tree for the show

The late-mid 1730s were transitional years for Handel, to put it nicely.

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""Whose yacht is that?" "The Thane of Cawdor's I expect. It always is.""

“Confusion now hath made his masterpiece”

I have found myself truly bewildered by some of the online reviews of the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

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“Senza rancor”

The winds of change sweep across the first post-9/11 issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine.

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Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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